After years of intrigue and many dollars spent on store-bought bottles, I recently decided to roll up my sleeves and dive into the world of home-brewed kombucha. With the help of a friend (cc: Melissa Cichecki), I can proudly say that last month I brewed my first successful batch of probiotic tea. And honestly? It was rather simple. I don’t know what I was so worried about this whole time, but I wish I had started long ago. So here I am now, ready to preach my booch sermon and convince you all to join me.
We’ll start with why. Brewing fermented tea to then store in your closet for up to a month may make you feel like a crunchy witch-doctor, but according to science, the benefits are worthwhile. Due to its probiotic content, kombucha, along with other fermented food and drinks, can help regulate and maintain gut health, leading to a stronger immune system, better digestion, and improved mental wellbeing. Although kombucha alone won’t fix all of your health concerns, it definitely helps. Afterall, there’s a reason people have been consuming probiotics for centuries now. Plus, with how inexpensive it is to make, there’s no reason not to.
Without further ado, here’s my step by step guide on how to brew your own booch.