In order to make kombucha tea you will need to obtain a SCOBY or “Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast”. This is often referred to as the “mother”, “mushroom” or “culture”. I prefer making my own SCOBY because it is so easy!
HOW TO MAKE A SCOBY FROM SCRATCH
You will need 2 bottles of store bought raw, unfiltered, plain kombucha-room temperature. I recommend you buy a GODD QUALITY kombucha for this. Your Kombucha will only be as good as the SCOBY you are working with!
Make a batch of tea as directed above.
Once the tea is cool, pour half of each bottle into the tea. Cover with a tea towel, and rubber band. Place in an area where it will be undisturbed for 5 weeks. When you uncover it, you should have a nice big SCOBY!!
The reason you pour half of each bottle of kombucha into this starter tea, is because most of the goodies/cultures float to the top and you will get the most in the first half pour. You can drink the other half of each bottle!
If you teach friends/family the process of making fermented tea, you can actually peel a baby off your culture to give to them, along with a 1/2 cup of your brew when it’s fermented 7 days to use as starter tea! The babies grow on the top of your culture, the bottom of your culture is considered the ‘Mother”.