It's time for a new science experiment in the house. I've done the no-shampoo thing (still doing it with good results), attempted sauerkraut last week, and now I'm trying to make another weird fermented food--kombucha.
In its gestating form, it's kind of disgusting, as you can see in the photo above (you don't actually drink the slimy stuff; the liquid is strained). You need a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast) mother, which you can buy from here or get from someone you know who makes their own kombucha (mine is from a teacher at my yoga studio). Here's what I got:
I followed the recipe shared by the yoga teacher, which she got from Kombucha Kamp (she got her SCOBY from there). I found a similar recipe and instructions from this website (it's a less-spammy looking one).
Here's what I used:
The process of making the tea was easy. I boiled 4 cups of filtered water, then steeped my tea bags in it for 10 minutes.
What do you think? Does this give you the heeby-jeebys? Have you ever tasted kombucha? Would you?