Have you ever heard of Kombucha tea? Or Scoby?
Recently, a friend of mine introduced me to SCOBY. I’d never heard of it before and when she explained it to me I was quite fascinated by it. Scoby is an acronym that stands for “Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast”. It is a culture used to create Kombucha tea. A drink that the ancient Chinese people have been making for years, and fondly call it an elixir for life because of it’s many health benefits. Some health claims are that it boosts your immune system, aids in digestion, gives you energy and gives you healthy skin.
My girlfriend said she would give me a culture from her batch of kombucha tea and I could start making my own. I agreed to give it a whirl.
I received my SCOBY in a little yogurt container with some kombucha tea. She told me to open it and look inside. When I uncovered it, there was a round disk that looked rather like a pancake and it was a bit rubbery looking. She chuckled and said “unimpressive, I know, but the benefits outweigh it’s looks”.
She gave me instructions to follow. Basically, the culture is added to a green tea or black tea mixture along with some sugar and vinegar to help with the fermenting process. All ingredients are put nto a jar and covered with a coffee filter or cloth. It is to sit at room temperature for approximately 7 days and up to a maximum of 30 days. However, the longer it sits the more acidic and less sweet it becomes. It is now day 5 of the 7 day fermenting process and my culture is forming a baby culture from the original “mother” culture. With this new baby culture I can now make a double batch the next time around or give the culture to a friend so they can make their own Kombucha tea.
You can add flavoring like lemon or Grape juice to the tea to give it a nice flavor. If you let it sit in the fridge for a few more days (until day 10) it becomes carbonated. My friend has replaced drinking pop with this healthy alternative.