I visited the Farm Fest last winters and amongst all the organic food been served across the fest, What caught my eye was this large earthen pot of A drink been served. I was a curious visitor asked for a glass of it. I found it a bit fermented acidic as a drink, but very close to the flavours of an apple juice kid of something. Confused I asked the owner about the drink, and the only information I collected was that it was a healthy drink called KOMBUCHA. I somehow remembered the name.
I again happened to come across this drink At another organic fest, which made me even more curious. I did my bit of reading about it, but The question was getting the SCOBY to get started.
How I got My SCOBY
Did my workshop on Kombucha brewing with Kapil At the farm (where I first tasted it), who had been brewing the Kombucha for more than a year now, and got my first SCOBY. You can take it from a friend who already does the Kombucha brewing.
To my surprise, while interacting with a friend Elizabeth , I found she is a big fan Of Kombucha and it is readily available across various stores in the states. Kombucha has also become a big in thing now with it on the menu of some Organic Concept Restaurants and cafes.
Did My first Kombucha brewing A while ago, and now its a regular thing at home, with all possible experiments that we do with herbs and fruits in it. Its a showstopper at parties too. Though My friends find it very unique and unheard but it is catching up a lot of conversations and inquisitiveness around.
Is it An alcoholic Beverage
Kombucha is a functional Beverage or a Fermented form of tea, Which is slightly effervescent and alcoholic, Its a fermented and sweetened black or green tea Drink and intended to be consumed in moderation for its health benefits. This is also Referred to as Kombucha Tea to identify it as a health drink instead of been mistaken as an alcoholic beverage. The concentration of alcohol is less than 1 percent due to fermentation. It will cause alcoholic action only if consumed in liters.
Its also confused with the Japanese drink Konbu-Cha ( made with the dried weed Kelp).
Origin of Kombucha also looks like from one of the East Asian countries with no clear hint anywhere in texts.
Kombucha is produced by Fermenting Tea with a Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast. This is referred to as SCOBY ( Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast).
Kombucha Tea has many Health benefits to its credit, which may not be proven by any scientific Researches yet, but has scientific reasoning to it..
During the fermentation process of Kombucha brewing, the yeast in the SCOBY breaks down the sugar present in the tea and releases Probiotic Bacteria.
Probiotic Bacteria are similar to the healthy bacteria found in the gut, hence helping to maintain a healthy gut, improved digestion.
Improved Immunity is a result of good gut health.
Improved Gut health and Immunity results in improved Liver Health, and which in turn is beneficial in managing Type 2 Diabetes. These subjects are considered based on a interrelation of the system functioning and might need more research before we start looking at Kombucha as an Alternate medicine. But right now Kombucha is more like an alternative to fizzy unhealthy drinks in the market and a step towards a healthy lifestyle.
Kombucha is safe for KIds due to its probiotic nature and negligible ( less than 0.5 percent ) Alcohol content it is safe for consumption in Kids in moderate quantities.( not to be consumed by infants)
How to Brew A KOMBUCHA
Sugar or jaggery
Kombucha making starts with Brewing good quality tea leaves. The main Component in tea Leaves i.e. Catechins are required for the Drink to be made. Various variety of Green Tea, Balck Tea or the Oolong tea can be used for this purpose. However The herbal teas should be avoided as there might be composition alteration in the same, which can affect the process of Kombucha making, and I am afraid it might not be called a Kombucha.
Kombucha Making Is divided into Two Stages
Brewing a tea and sugar mixture, Introducing a SCOBY And Keeping it to Ferment.
Carbonation and Refrigeration
Equipments and Tools
A Two Liter Glass Jar,
Kitchen towel/ Cotton woven cloth and string
Filter cloth or cheesecloth, Sieve, Funnel
2 One liter Glass bottles with airtight lids.