Kombucha: What it is and How to Make it (plus Video How-to)

by Sarah Fermented Beverages, Kombucha, VideosComments: 159

Brewing kombuchaThis article, recipe, and video how-to give you all the information you need to make probiotic rich, bubbly, tasty kombucha yourself in your own home! Kombucha is a traditionally fermented, probiotic filled beverage originally from China made with black or green tea and sugar.

Kombucha has been consumed for hundreds of years and, through extensive testing in Russia, proven to be an effective overall body detoxifier through the binding of the organic acids in the kombucha to all manner of toxins present in the body. Once tightly bound to the organic acids, the toxins are then rushed to the kidneys for excretion.

Russian communities that drink a lot of this particular fermented beverage do not suffer from the cancer epidemics that plague folks who live near that country’s toxin spewing factories — even when the local flora and fauna are dying!    Moreover, the Soviet Union before the fall of the Iron Curtain used kombucha as one of its secret weapons in the training of its Olympic athletes — the athletes would drink up to 1 quart of kombucha per day while training to prevent lactic acid from accumulating in the muscles (lactic acid =  sore muscles).   So, athletes drinking this brew would be able to train harder and longer than athletes who did not drink kombucha.

The best thing about kombucha is that is is bubbly, delicious, and extremely hydrating.  It very adequately replaces all the sports drinks and sodas that everyone seems addicted to today.   My family has been drinking kombucha for almost 9 years now and it’s longstanding reputation for preventing gray hair is astonishing.

Kombucha Video How-To

I tried to make this beginner video on how to make kombucha as short as possible, but there is simply so much information to cover that the end result turned out to be about 20 minutes long. I am posting the first 10 minutes below and the last half is posted in the next lesson.

For those of you experienced with kombucha making already, these videos (part 1 and part 2) cover how to make large batches and other advanced topics.

My hope is that this video will show you how so very easy it is to make healthy, probiotic filled, tasty beverages in your home that you will be able to kick the soda habit and replace these health robbing drinks with traditional, bubbly alternatives. My kids love probiotic rich fermented tea and have been drinking it for the 9 years I’ve made it.

I also drank it while pregnant and breastfeeding, so realize that this drink is a wonderful addition to a healthy diet. One word of warning .. go slow when you first start drinking it. Start with just a couple of ounces a day and build up to 8-12 oz per day over the span of about a week. This drink is very cleansing and helpful to the body, but overdoing it at the beginning can give you a bit of a headache, so go easy!

I realize that those of you watching this video will probably have many more questions than I thought to cover while shooting this video. Please comment in the section below this blog and I will be more than happy to answer them.

Years ago, I used to teach Traditional Cooking classes in my home and at local healthfood stores around town. Those classes were always limited in the number of people who could attend based on the size of the room. It is so exciting to actually be able to post this type of information on my blog and as many people who want to see it can view it and benefit from it!

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Easy Kombucha Recipe

Supplies and Ingredients

  • 1 gallon glass bowl
  • Plain organic black tea and green tea
  • Organic white sugar


  • Boil 3 quarts of water.
  • Add 1 – 1 1/2 cups white sugar to the boiling water and dissolve
  • Continue to boil sugar water for 5 minutes
  • Remove pot from heat and add 3 black tea bags and 2 green tea bags.
  • Brew for 15 minutes.
  • Remove tea bags and let tea/sugar mixture cool to room temperature.  Do not cool too long!
  • When mixture is just room temperature, add 6 oz of kombucha starter and 1 kombucha culture.
  • Cover with a white, prelaundered flour sack cloth (available at Walmart for $5 for a pack of 5) and attach with a large rubber band (available at Office Depot or Staples)
  • Leave in a quiet semi-lit room (no direct sunlight) for 7-10 days.   When a new “baby” culture forms on the top of the brew and it is at least 1/8 ” thick, you may harvest the brew.
  • Store in clear glass only in the refrigerator.
  • Repeat the process to brew as much as your family desires.

More Information

Want to know more about this delicious fermented tea beverage?  These articles provide more detail for your research.

Fluoride in Kombucha: Should You Be Concerned?
Jun Tea:  Kombucha Champagne
Can Candida Sufferers Drink Kombucha?
Does Kombucha Prevent Grey Hair?
Batch vs Continuous Brew Kombucha
Have You Tried Kombucha?
Safe Traveling with Kombucha
Kombucha: Drink It and Wear It?

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

The Healthy Home Economist holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Mother to 3 healthy children, blogger, and best-selling author, she writes about the practical application of Traditional Diet and evidence-based wellness within the modern household. Her work has been featured by USA Today, The New York Times, ABC, NBC, and many others.

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