OK because this recipe uses a glycerine based cannabis tincture for it’s flavor I’ll start it with a link to another members post on how to make cannabis tincture using food grade vegetable glycerine. A god send for people who for whatever reason do not which to ingest alcohol. Kombucha does contain a trace amount of alcohol by volume so if you’re adamant about not consuming alcohol at all you’ll be better served to pass on trying it.
Kombucha is a drink made by fermenting sweetened tea using what’s called a S.C.O.B.Y.
S.ymbiotic C.ulture O.f B.acteria and Y.east
It does require some inexpensive equipment and supplies to get going.
How big a brew vessel you start with depends on your projected intake. Just like cultivating cannabis, there are numerous options for every level or brewer. I settled on a 2.5 gallon glass pickle barrel because we usually drink an entire harvest by the next batch is ready.
The first thing you’ll want to do is go buy a commercial Kombucha to find out if you even like it. There are more brands than ever now. Any of the GT original are suitable. Many other brands have been filtered modified or otherwise diluted or are only available regionally. You’ll want to check your average indoor temps. Booch is healthiest when temps are maintained somewhere between 75-85°F with as little fluctuation as possible. I use a thermostatically controlled band heater since my indoor temps frequently dip below 60°F overnight in my kitchen during winter.
You’ll need to cultivate from scratch or acquire a healthy SCOBY before you can start. Many online sources discourage doing so using commercially available booch, but that is how everyone I know who is successfully brewing acquired theirs. I think it’s just a marketing ploy.
So much info and so many other errands beckon so I’ll have to post this in parts.
Taste testing for maturity with my long straw. I think pros use a brewers pipette.
Sugar, Tea bags are the consumables you’ll need to have on hand and restock periodically. I put a cups worth of loose gunpowder green tea in every batch as well.
1 gallon vessels with spigots I use to fill my empty bottles
Brewer’s siphon to transfer to the the filling vessels.
Charging the empties with flavorings-
7 pints of Ripping Reefer sodas for WillD
7 pints of Lemon Cayenne Zinger for Mrs. WillD who is already high on life and doesn’t use any substances
Our own “crushed reds” 100% home grown dehydrated cayennes.
More to come. Errands call.