More Tips for Kombucha Brewing and a Kombucha Kamp Giveaway

by LCCotter on March 19, 2014

Okay here we go! Another Kombucha post. But this one will definitely benefit you, promise! Stay with me here.

So remember how I’ve professed my love for Kombucha and it’s health benefits in this post? And how I shared the Scoby making tutorial and Brewing process? Well if you didn’t, it’s okay, you’ll get it all again today, in a nutshell.

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I started brewing kombucha for many health reasons, and I have the Kombucha Mama (Hannah) from Kombucha Kamp to thank. I “met” her way back in 2008 and she has been my go to resource ever since. Her site has really taken off and she now offers Kombucha Brewing Kits, Scoby, Kefir grains, classes, eBooks on Kombucha, recipes for brewing, and more! LOVE LOVE LOVE HER!

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Well when she heard that my scoby passed away (okay I accidently left the top off the jar), she generously sent me one of her scobies and starter brew so that I could keep brewing.

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I’m in the process of brewing again now, only 4 more days till it’s ready to flavor!

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homemade kombucha

So today I get to share the love and giveaway a $25 gift card to Kombucha Kamp. this means you can buy a scoby and starter tea yourself. Or if you already have a scoby, you can check out all the other fermented foods and accessories to buy on her site!!

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

Open to ALL!!!

UPDATED–> There will be 2 WINNERS!! each get $25 to Kombucha Kamp

Okay, now that you know about the Kombucha giveaway, here are a few kombucha scoby rules and recipe from Kombucha Kamp. Save them! You’ll need them!

golden rules of brewing kombucha

One of my favorite flavoring recipes from Hannah!

ginger lime kombucha brew

Ginger Lime Kombucha Tea Recipe via Kombucha Kamp

Ginger is perhaps Kombucha’s best friend, producing delicious fizz and flavor. Citrus pairs well with Kombucha, though in small amounts. These instructions call for flavoring after the brew.

  • 5-6 teaspoons green tea/reusable tea bag
  • 1.25 cups evaporated cane juice

for later:

  • fresh squeezed lime juice
  • fresh ginger slices

Do a shorter steep with these green tea bags, 3-5 minutes. Brew only 6-7 days, decant into bottles already flavored with ginger (to taste) and lime juice (no more than 1/2 ounce per 16 ounce bottle) and allow to second ferment for 3-5 days, burping each day to prevent explosions. Once desired fizz is achieved, move to fridge.

And just for kicks, here’s a great article on the benefits of Kombucha for Athletes. You’ll want to read it if you’ve been injured or have joint problems, trust me!

Cheers to Brewing!

LC

{ 63 comments… read them below or add one }

Giselle Schroer Schroer March 19, 2014 at 4:41 pm

I so need this! My first batch didn’t work out well I think mainly because I struggled with my dehydrated scoby :-( I’d love to try again though! Oh and I just finished off a glass of my favorite Trilogy kombucha :-)

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Tara Newman March 19, 2014 at 4:53 pm

My favorite is Trilogy. You are bent on getting me to make my own Kombucha, aren’t you?

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Angie Bee Hotz March 19, 2014 at 4:53 pm

I love GT Daves botanical line. The one with Lavendar is wonderful! I haven’t made my own,yet, but love kimchi !

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Cara's Healthy Cravings March 19, 2014 at 4:55 pm

I am a kimchi addict!

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Brittany @ Barr & Table March 19, 2014 at 5:41 pm

It’s hard to choose a favorite since there are SO many to choose from since I’ve moved but I do love almost every flavor of Reed’s!

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Christine @ Love, Life, Surf March 19, 2014 at 5:59 pm

I love GT’s Trilogy. I think that you got me hooked on it? Pretty sure of it. I’m a little scared to brew my own but maybe this is just what I need!

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Emily March 19, 2014 at 6:16 pm

I LOVE Kombucha (ginger!) and sauerkraut!

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Shannon March 19, 2014 at 6:42 pm

This is such a great giveaway! I love Kombucha, Citrus flavored is my fave :)

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Debbie @ Live from La Quinta March 19, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Believe it or not I tried Kombucha for the first time the other day, so I don’t have a favorite flavor. I’m not even sure what flavor (or brand) that I had :-)

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LCCotter March 20, 2014 at 6:39 am

really?! you must! try GT trilogy or any of the berry flavors

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Emma @ be mom strong March 19, 2014 at 7:02 pm

Never thought of making this myself!

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LCCotter March 19, 2014 at 10:00 pm

it’s super easy! just takes patience. haha well that is kinda hard. LOL

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Jill Conyers March 19, 2014 at 7:07 pm

I haven’t tried Kombucha…yet. My favorite fermented is Ferments Raw Cultured Veggies. Especially the dill.

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LCCotter March 19, 2014 at 9:59 pm

we must chat! okay, what GT have you tried?

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Jill Conyers March 20, 2014 at 1:52 am

Happy to chat anytime! I haven’t tried the GT yet. The last time I was at Whole Foods I couldn’t remember what brand you recommended. It’s on my grocery list for this weekend’s shopping.

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Tina Muir March 19, 2014 at 7:07 pm

I didnt even know what Kombucha was a few months ago, and now I can feel you sucking me in to trying it very soon! You are a talented lady….and very persuasive :P

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LCCotter March 19, 2014 at 9:58 pm

oh yes yes i am! hehe

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Jill Conyers March 20, 2014 at 1:52 am

Yes you are :)

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Katie March 19, 2014 at 7:11 pm

I love anything fermented – kombucha, kraut, kimchi, other veggies, wine, beer, kefir….I just love it all!!

And my SCOBY is DEAD! I tried to brew more kombucha after your last post, but no dice.

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Christine Gebler March 19, 2014 at 7:26 pm

Kimchi!!!!

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Yoojin Lee March 19, 2014 at 7:53 pm

i loooove fermented food! as a korean, kimchi is my favorite!! but i also love drinking kombucha and eating greek yogurt :)

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Abby @ BackAtSquareZero March 19, 2014 at 8:18 pm

I have still never tried. One of these days I’ll get brave.

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Hannah March 25, 2014 at 4:27 pm

If you can make a cup of tea, you can make Kombucha – super easy!

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Liz @ I Heart Vegetables March 19, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Someone gave me a scoby but I was too scared to actually brew kombucha! That said, I wish I had! I love kombucha, but it’s too expensive to drink regularly without brewing your own!

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Lesley March 19, 2014 at 9:26 pm

I need to lose my kombucha virginity and need some help to do so. Looking forward to learning a lot. Thanks for the great post.

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LCCotter March 19, 2014 at 9:51 pm

oh my gosh, best comment ever! haha love it

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Anabel March 19, 2014 at 9:38 pm

I love sauerkraut and ginger kombucha. I really want to start making my own!

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables March 20, 2014 at 2:33 am

You know I’ve been dying to make my own!! I love me so goji kombucha and some ginger kombucha!

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Jennifer Hudy March 20, 2014 at 6:12 am

So.. I made it as far as buying a bottle of Raw Kombucha.. and there it sits in the fridge. I really want to try this! Just have to make the time and effort to do it!

Thanks again for the reminder, and excited about the giveaawy!

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LCCotter March 20, 2014 at 6:42 am

you’re one step closer! haha

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Linz @ Itz Linz March 20, 2014 at 6:37 am

why are are scoby and kombucha such fun words to say out loud? lol

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Heather (Where's the Beach) March 20, 2014 at 7:27 am

Could you bring me some please? I’ve still not tried it. Kind of scared LOL.

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LCCotter March 20, 2014 at 2:35 pm

yes!! you need to try it!!! seriously. so good for those post run nutrients. try the berry flavors from GT

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Meg @ A Dash of Meg March 20, 2014 at 8:08 am

you are so inspiring, missy. i really want to make my own kombucha and i am promising myself that i will do so this summer once i am out of school and have the time to focus on it and am in my own place :) thanks for sharing all of your kombucha knowledge <3

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Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health March 20, 2014 at 8:24 am

my kombucha (1st ever) is brewing right now..its almost been a week, i am looking for different ideas for flavoring, do you have any recommendations? ginger sounds great, i will probably do that.

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Hannah March 25, 2014 at 4:29 pm

There are loads of flavoring recipes & tips at the KKamp website –> http://www.kombuchakamp.com/2011/01/how-to-flavor-kombucha-mushroom-tea.html

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Bonnie March 20, 2014 at 8:53 am

Happy to enter this giveaway…This is one of those things I’ve always wanted to do and have just never started…and why not?! Sheesh…Maybe a giveaway will help get me on board because I do love the stuff and want those good health benefits! You rock, Linds.

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Bonnie March 20, 2014 at 8:56 am

Oh – and my fave flavor? I’ve really only tried GT’s Kombucha and I love the multi green one! Ginger is good too. :)

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Brianna @ I run He tris March 20, 2014 at 9:58 am

I have yet to try Kombucha but am very intrigued by it! Does wine count as a favorite fermented food? :)

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Laura @ Mommy Run Fast March 20, 2014 at 10:24 am

My favorite fermented food is sauerkraut, but I keep saying I’m going to try making Kombucha. Fun giveaway!

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Megan (The Lyons' Share) March 20, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Love kombucha but still scared to make it … although your posts make me a little bit less scared :). Also love sauerkraut as a fermented food!

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LCCotter March 20, 2014 at 2:20 pm

you can do it! easier than snap chips haha

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Brooke March 20, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Ok, that’s a hard question. I love GT’s Strawberry Serenity, Kickin’ Kombucha’s Blueberry Mojito, and Buddha’s Brew Peach Mint. (I’m an equal opportunity kombucha lover.) I REALLY want to try GT’s Classic kombuchas! And I also love Farmhouse Culture’s kraut. And wine. Duh. ;) BEST fermented drink!

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STUFT Mama March 20, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Someday I will try this. I’ve never even drank kombucha. :)

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LCCotter March 20, 2014 at 2:33 pm

oh my gosh! no way! you must! it’s best to try GT berry flavors. Drink between meals or in morning

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Purelytwins March 20, 2014 at 2:57 pm

girl we love our homemade kombucha thanks to you :) scoby still going strong!!

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Katie March 20, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Gingerade is my favorite!

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Melanie @ Nutritious Eats March 20, 2014 at 8:00 pm

This is so cool. I’ve only had it a few times but liked it. I drink my unfiltered apple cider vinegar everyday- love the sour tang.

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Kanoelani March 20, 2014 at 8:33 pm

Woohoo!! Love Kombucha you know this friend! But to brew my own would be so cool! I know someone locally that makes it that I buy from now but would be so cool to make my own. Love this :-)

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Nikki March 20, 2014 at 9:16 pm

I have never had Kombucha but now I really want to.

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AnnaGrace March 21, 2014 at 10:11 am

i love a refreshing mango flavored kombucha!

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Stacey S. March 21, 2014 at 11:16 am

I would love to try to make my own! My fave fermented food would have to be sauerkraut at the moment – and it took me FOREVER to try it!

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Kristen B March 21, 2014 at 12:40 pm

I love kombucha but have not been brave enough to try making my own. Love the e-book!!!

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Julia B March 22, 2014 at 1:12 pm

I love Synergy Kombucha – trilogy and ginger-berry are my favorites!

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Danica @ It's Progression March 22, 2014 at 2:49 pm

My favorite Kombucha drink is the blueberry, but ginger comes in at a close second.

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LCCotter March 22, 2014 at 8:06 pm

oh me too!

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Sarah Pie March 22, 2014 at 8:41 pm

Fantastic flavoring idea! I love ginger in my kombucha but I’ve been struggling to get the taste right. I’ve had pretty good success with my dehydrated SCOBY though it took forever to get started!

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LCCotter March 23, 2014 at 7:08 am

i also like using plain cranberry juice. its really good!

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lauren March 23, 2014 at 8:20 am

I like the GT brand.

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lauren March 23, 2014 at 8:20 am

I like the GT brand the most.

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Britta March 23, 2014 at 8:47 am

I adore Kombucha as well, my sister was the one who first got me started and I cannot wait to start making my own eventually. The adding flavour part has me all confused – but I am sure it much easier than I expect! But for now I am sipping GT Kombucha.. gingerade all the way.

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LCCotter March 23, 2014 at 2:55 pm

good call! Gingerade is a favorite of mine too!

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Tayler March 23, 2014 at 8:23 pm

My favorite is lemon raspberry kombucha!

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