For a while I’ve been researching probiotics and gut health. Probiotics are a huge part of that, everyone agrees. And an inexpensive and fun way to get great probiotics is to drink Kefir or Kombucha Tea, both of which are fermented with the beneficial bacteria and yeast found in your digestive tract. I’d been buying Kombucha Tea at the grocery for nearly a year at $3.99 per 16 ounce bottle. That just doesn’t fit my frugal nature or budget!
Last summer we acquired a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) to make Kombucha Tea, or fermented tea. It’s got huge probiotic benefits, to create a healthier digestive system. Since 90% of your immune system is in the digestive tract that’s one thing we want to keep healthy! Learn more about Kombucha Tea (KT for those in the know) here.
One of the HUB’s favorite flavors of KT is a simple one to make.
APPLE-GINGER KOMBUCHA TEA
1/4 c. Apple Juice 2 pieces candied ginger Kombucha Tea
When Kombucha is ready to bottle, add 1/4 c apple juice along with a large piece of candied ginger into a 12-16 oz. bottle, and fill with Kombucha Tea. Screw down the lid (or snap it down if using a Groisch-style bottle) and let it sit on the counter for a couple of days, or until it’s as bubbly as you like it. Put it in the refrigerator and enjoy when you’re ready to relax.
You can see the SCOBY floating on top of the continuous brew spigot jug, and the darker tea brewing below. For months we brewed in the bath method, but over Christmas I found this jar marked down. It’s 2.5 gallons and we “harvest” the fermented tea every 4-5 days or as we need it.
The SCOBY bacteria are the same type that keep your digestive system healthy, and using the SCOBY in the ferment (along with some of the previous brew) overwhelms the “bad” bacteria that may be present in the tea water.
I know that we feel better since we’ve begun drinking it, and it’s sure more affordable than buying it at $4/bottle or bottles of probiotics. Happy brewing!