Simple to Make.
Easy to Enjoy.
Brew it Yourself.
Bay Area Kombucha Classes by Lila Volkas N.C.
What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is the bubbly, sweet and tangy drink that has taken over grocery store shelves across the country.
This newly popular beverage has been around for hundreds of years and is made by fermenting tea with sugar using a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast).
The SCOBY is the slightly strange slimy thing that is floating at the top of the jar in the image to the right. It is the essential ingredient in making kombucha. To put it simply, the gelatinous mat of cells "eats" the sugar from the sweetened tea. This fermentation process is what gives kombucha its fizz and fabulous health benefits.
Why I Like to Drink It:
- Probiotics. You know those healthy bacteria everyone has been talking about? We'll kombucha has plenty of these fellows! Your gut contains 100 trillion bacteria that affect everything from your digestion, mood, immune system and even your weight. The goal is to care for your precious microbiome that wants plenty of fermented foods!
-Kombucha is like healthy soda! Back in high school I crushed Diet Coke and Ginger Ale like a pro. Though it has been many years since my sugar laden days, I still love a sweet and bubbly treat. Kombucha satisfies that delightful fizz and slightly caffeinated fix without all the chemicals and sugar of diet and regular soda. Add those probiotics and you've got a beverage that is contributing to your health instead of depleting it.
-It just makes me feel good. There is nothing better than bringing a bottle of my homemade kombucha to a party and sparking a conversation with a curious guest. Yes, kombucha contains antioxidants that are good for your health, but this beverage also is one of connection.
Make it Yourself!
- It is WAY cheaper. Kombucha goes for a whopping $3-$5 per bottle at the grocery store, but only costs about .50 per gallon (thats 8 bottles) to make at home!
-Brewing kombucha SO easy. It is as simple as making a giant pot of tea with sugar. There are challenging culinary processes out there and this is NOT one of them.
-Make it taste uh-mazing! Do you prefer your kombucha more sweet or sour? Do you wish GT's Gingerade was more ginger-y? Are you a carbonation fiend? Making kombucha yourself means that you have 100% control over the sweetness, flavor and carbonation. Make the kombucha of your dreams come true!
-Connect with your food. Making kombucha at home empowers you to have a deeper relationship with your food. It is so gratifying to enjoy something you made versus purchased in a store.