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.
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!
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.
I’m in the process of brewing again now, only 4 more days till it’s ready to flavor!
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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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!
One of my favorite flavoring recipes from Hannah!
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
- 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 ½ 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!
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Hi, Lindsay! Love the ginger lime recipe. It looks simple but delicious at the same time!
Hi, Beth! Thanks, it totally is on both accounts! Let me know if you make it!
Kara Mathys @Wellnessgrit
I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never had Kombucha scoby! This looks great though so hopefully that will change! Thanks for posting it, Cotter!
Amazing photos and interesting article. Kombucha scoby is something new for me. Thx a lot for understanding all process Cotter!
I have some questions about making kombucha. I’ve been using at active scoby for a few years now, and lately my drink hasn’t tasted too good and has lost it’s fizz. I put in raisins, but it hasn’t helped. I’m not sure – as the scoby grows – which parts are old and need to be discarded. That may be a problem in getting a good batch also, allowing the older scobys to remain in the mix.
sent you an email. let me know if you got it.
My favorite is lemon raspberry kombucha!
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.
good call! Gingerade is a favorite of mine too!
I like the GT brand the most.
I like the GT brand.
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!
i also like using plain cranberry juice. its really good!
Danica @ It's Progression
My favorite Kombucha drink is the blueberry, but ginger comes in at a close second.
oh me too!
I love Synergy Kombucha – trilogy and ginger-berry are my favorites!
I love kombucha but have not been brave enough to try making my own. Love the e-book!!!
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!
i love a refreshing mango flavored kombucha!
I have never had Kombucha but now I really want to.
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 🙂
Melanie @ Nutritious Eats
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.
Gingerade is my favorite!
girl we love our homemade kombucha thanks to you 🙂 scoby still going strong!!
Someday I will try this. I’ve never even drank kombucha. 🙂
oh my gosh! no way! you must! it’s best to try GT berry flavors. Drink between meals or in morning
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!
Megan (The Lyons' Share)
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!
you can do it! easier than snap chips haha
Laura @ Mommy Run Fast
My favorite fermented food is sauerkraut, but I keep saying I’m going to try making Kombucha. Fun giveaway!
Brianna @ I run He tris
I have yet to try Kombucha but am very intrigued by it! Does wine count as a favorite fermented food? 🙂
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.
Oh – and my fave flavor? I’ve really only tried GT’s Kombucha and I love the multi green one! Ginger is good too. 🙂
Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
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.
There are loads of flavoring recipes & tips at the KKamp website –> http://www.kombuchakamp.com/2011/01/how-to-flavor-kombucha-mushroom-tea.html
Meg @ A Dash of Meg
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
Heather (Where's the Beach)
Could you bring me some please? I’ve still not tried it. Kind of scared LOL.
yes!! you need to try it!!! seriously. so good for those post run nutrients. try the berry flavors from GT
Linz @ Itz Linz
why are are scoby and kombucha such fun words to say out loud? lol
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!
you’re one step closer! haha
Brittany @ Delights and Delectables
You know I’ve been dying to make my own!! I love me so goji kombucha and some ginger kombucha!
I love sauerkraut and ginger kombucha. I really want to start making my own!
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.
oh my gosh, best comment ever! haha love it
Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
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!
Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
I have still never tried. One of these days I’ll get brave.
If you can make a cup of tea, you can make Kombucha – super easy!
i loooove fermented food! as a korean, kimchi is my favorite!! but i also love drinking kombucha and eating greek yogurt 🙂
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.
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 😛
oh yes yes i am! hehe
Yes you are 🙂
I haven’t tried Kombucha…yet. My favorite fermented is Ferments Raw Cultured Veggies. Especially the dill.
we must chat! okay, what GT have you tried?
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.
Emma @ be mom strong
Never thought of making this myself!
it’s super easy! just takes patience. haha well that is kinda hard. LOL
Debbie @ Live from La Quinta
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 🙂
really?! you must! try GT trilogy or any of the berry flavors
This is such a great giveaway! I love Kombucha, Citrus flavored is my fave 🙂
I LOVE Kombucha (ginger!) and sauerkraut!
Christine @ Love, Life, Surf
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!
Brittany @ Barr & Table
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!
Cara's Healthy Cravings
I am a kimchi addict!
Angie Bee Hotz
I love GT Daves botanical line. The one with Lavendar is wonderful! I haven’t made my own,yet, but love kimchi !
My favorite is Trilogy. You are bent on getting me to make my own Kombucha, aren’t you?
Giselle Schroer Schroer
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 🙂