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Kombucha

Kombucha

  

November 8, 2015

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Miracle liquid that will make your eyes shine bright and feel fantastic (like most fermented foods)!

Ingredients

You can get whole kits from a business called Buchi, which is fantastic as you get everything you need - including the scoby.

350g of Changing Habits Rapadura Sugar

5 litres of pure filtered water (free from chlorine and fluoride)

35g of tea bags (white, green or black)

Kombucha scoby (gifted from a friend or from Buchi) and starter liquid (about a cup)

Equipment Needed

Muslin cloth or something alike to cover jar

String or tight rubber band to hold cloth to jar

Large vessel that can hold 5 litres of water to brew your kombucha (glass, ceramic or oak)

Directions

1Bring 1 Litre of water to the boil adding the sugar as you go, stir until dissolved.

2When the sugar has dissolved, add the tea bags and allow to steep for 20 minutes.

3Remove the tea bags and leave to cool until luke warm.

4Once the sugary-tea liquid has cooled, poor into the large jar with the scoby and starter liquid and fill the rest with the filtered water - making sure you leave a small gap for the kombucha to breathe.

5Cover the jar lid with the cloth and secure it with the string.

6Set in a warm location, out of sunlight.

7Do not disturb for approximately 14 days, depending on the weather and your patience. If it is quite warm, the kombucha will ferment a lot faster. So after the first week, test your kombucha by putting a straw into the liquid and having a taste. If it is still very sweet, allow it to ferment longer. If it is a little vinegary or a lot less sweet than what it was, treat yourself to some.

8Once the kombucha is ready to drink you can drink it now (plain) or you can also add a variety of herbs and spices and allow to ferment longer to infuse flavours. You can add Changing Habits Ceylon Cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, chamomile, chilli, fennel seeds, peppermint, sage, passionfruit etc. The list is endless.

9Kombucha is very detoxifying and full of beneficial bacteria. If it is your first time trying this, limit yourself to just half a cup and see how you go. You can gradually increase to having at least a cup a day. You may experience detoxifying symptoms the first time you incorporate this into your diet, such as head aches, joint pain or lethargy. This is why it is important to incorporate this slowly into your diet.

10Keep in mind the Kombucha does not like metal, so you will need to take off your jewellery if handling the mushroom and use a plastic ladle when pouring a glass for yourself.

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