“I bought this as a gift, and I couldn’t ask for a more quality product! It gave you the tools you needed (minus the sugar and jar, of course) to make your own kombucha exactly as stated. I would highly recommend this product.” -Marie
Today we are going to take a closer look at the Cultures for Health Kombucha Tea Starter Kit.
- Make delicious probiotic-rich kombucha tea
- Gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan
- Reusable culture; transfer the culture from batch to batch
- With proper care, the culture can be used indefinitely to create delicious fermented tea
- Easy to make; can be flavored a variety of ways
A kombucha starter culture (a.k.a. kombucha scoby, mushroom, mother) consists of yeast and bacteria existing in a symbiotic relationship. When combined with brewed tea, sugar, and water and allowed to ferment for 7 to 30 days, the resulting kombucha tea beverage has a slightly carbonated zing and is packed full of B vitamins.
Save money! Commercially available kombucha tea generally sells for $3+ for a 16-ounce bottle. Using our kombucha starter culture, you can brew kombucha tea for $2 a gallon or less! With proper care, the kombucha scoby can be used over and over to brew a refreshing, vitamin-filled kombucha tea.
Kombucha scobys are manufactured in a facility that also processes dairy, soy, wheat, nut, and fish products. Kombucha scobys are culture (no animal byproducts).
This Kombucha Tea Starter Kit includes:
- Kombucha tea starter culture (includes the culture and 10 pH strips)
- Organic black tea (enough for the culture activation batch)
- Plastic mesh strainer (3.5″)
- 16-page instruction booklet including bottling and flavoring ideas
The items in the kit may be different than pictured.
Shipping Information: Kombucha tea starter cultures are shipped in a dehydrated state and must be rehydrated. Rehydration requires vinegar, tea, sugar and a 30-day rehydration period. Full rehydration and brewing instructions accompany each order and can be found here. A video detailing the rehydration process can also be found here.
I had a great experience with Cultures for Health. The kit comes with most everything you need to brew your kombucha, and the eBook that you can download for free from the website was very informational! I hydrated my scoby in a quart size mason jar, and that first batch tasted pretty strongly like vinegar. The first batch after that (still brewing with vinegar rather than tea from the previous batch) also didn’t taste quite like kombucha that I’ve bought from the store in the past. Now, I am finally ready to bottle my third batch of kombucha (and the first batch using tea starter rather than vinegar starter) and it tastes great! I emailed and used live chat with customer service a couple times throughout the process and each time they responded quickly and were very helpful! Overall a great experience!
Q. Once I have a culture from my first batch of kombucha How and where do I store it for the next batch. Thank you.
A. As a live culture consisting of active yeasts and bacteria, Kombucha Scobys do best if they are allowed to sit on the counter culturing one batch of sugared tea after another. However, life can interfere at times and if you are facing the possibility of needing to take a break from making Kombucha, here are some guidelines for how to take a break without damaging the Scoby: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-to-take-break-making-kombucha-tea
Q. Would you recommend filtered water versus tap water for a cleaner healthier Kombucha? I’m very interested in trying this drink and the video was great. Thank you!
A. We do recommend using the best water you can. If your water supply has chlorine, you can remove it by filtering, boiling, or aeration. You can read more about choosing water for your ferments here. http://www.culturesforhealth.com/water-source-making-cultured-fermented-food
Q. Does this work with any tea or only black tea?
A. While black tea is the traditional tea used for brewing kombucha, there are a variety of teas or combinations of teas that will work fine. Check the link here for further information:
Learn more about the Kombucha Tea Starter Kit.