#7 Brew Kombucha
If you’re a patient person and you’re looking for a fun project to take on, growing kombucha might be the next project for you. Kombucha is a fermented tea that tastes delicious, but unfortunately costs 4-5 dollars a bottle. Why not brew your own gallon of kombucha at home–that’s eight bottles worth–for little cost.
First you have to obtain a scoby, (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) which sounds really scary, but don’t worry, it is good bacteria that helps fight bad bacteria. Kombucha is full of probiotics and antioxidants that fight sickness and, long term, benefit your brain and heart.
There are several options for obtaining a scoby. First, you can buy a scoby which are available at Walmart, Natural Grocers, Whole Foods, and many other grocery stores. If, however, you can’t go out to buy a scoby, you can cook up your own scoby in your kitchen. I included a website that gives detailed instructions for that process below. Lastly, you can order a whole kombucha-making kit off of Amazon. This comes with, not only scoby, but a brewing gallon, tea, reusable tea bags, ph strips, a temperature gauge, and more. Not all of those things are needed, and this option may be more expensive, but if you want the whole process laid out before you, it will certainly do that.
Kombucha takes from 7-30 days to brew depending on personal preference. The longer you let it brew, the less sugary it tastes and the more it tastes like strong, vinegar-y, kombucha. I recommend brewing it for about 14-20 days.