It was my husband who first introduced me to kombucha quite a number of years ago. I must admit when I first tried it I did not like it. I continued to drink it because I knew it was good for me and after a while I found flavors I enjoyed. As an herbalist I was drawn to the hibiscus, red clover, lavender and other herbal varieties. I would see all those brightly colored bottles at the health food store and my curiosity bubbled over with how to make it. I started watching youtube videos of how to make your own kombucha and I must admit it did not make me feel confident that I could do it. It seemed so confusing. I decided making kombucha was not for me and I continued to buy from my local store. Every now and then I would run across an article or a video and dream of making kombucha on my own. My biggest dilemma, was where was I going to get a SCOBY or a culture, I was not fond of ordering one from off line.
I can not remember how, but someone gave me a SCOBY which stands for symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. I finally had the opaque rubbery disk that I considered my kombucha gold. I was so excited. This was my chance. I researched for days, read countless articles and downloaded pages of instructions. When it was time to get started I was so confused and overwhelmed I couldn’t do it. My kombucha gold piece dried up and ended up in the garbage. Not a highlight in my kombucha making career.
Years past and few years ago I acquired another SCOBY. This time I asked the person that gave it too me lots of questions. I wrote everything down and she assured me it was easy. “Okay” I said to myself, I can do this and I convinced myself I was going to make my own kombucha. Guess what?! I did make my own kombucha and I made a lot of it and the family loved it. I loved making kombucha so much I started facilitating a few classes and teaching people how easy it was. Everyone I have taught has continued to make their own kombucha with ease.
Okay so what’s next, Growing my own SCOBY. Growing my own SCOBY turned out to be easier than I thought. In fact I really do not know what took me so long. I decided to create this video for anyone who has been intimated to grow their own SCOBY. I talk you through the steps and show you my end results. I will also post a part two video which will show you how make your next batch of kombucha.
Have fun kombucha warriors.