How to Brew Kombucha Tea

How to Brew Kombucha Tea

How to Brew Kombucha Tea

It’s super simple to brew your own kombucha tea, which is awesome because the store bought sort can be super expensive. Here’s how to brew kombucha tea.

When you brew kombucha, you’re basically hopping up a colony of healthy bacteria with sugar and caffeine. All you need to whip up a batch of your own kombucha tea are sugar, black or green tea bags, and a SCOBY.

Related: 5 Best Fermented Foods, How to Make Sauerkraut, How to Make Hand-Mixed Chai Tea

Kombucha tea is full of health benefits. This fermented food has lots of “good” bacterial, sort of like you’d find in yogurt, which is excellent for digestion. It also contains lots of B vitamins and vitamin C!

How to Brew Kombucha Tea


  • 1 gallon container with a lid
  • SCOBY – see below
  • 4 bags of green or black tea – You can experiment with different teas, as long as the tea you use is caffeinated.
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 gallon of water
  • cheese cloth or a cloth napkin
  • rubber band


  1. Boil your water, then combine it with the tea bags and the sugar in your container. You want to steep your tea for at least half an hour. Once the tea is steeped, you’ll need to wait until the water gets down to room temperature, so you won’t damage your SCOBY!
  2. Drop the SCOBY into the tea mixture, cover the container with cheese cloth, and rubber band it shut.
  3. Stick the container in a cool, dark place, like the back of a cabinet, and let it steep for 10 days.
  4. Once your kombucha is ready, transfer the SCOBY along with enough kombucha to cover it to a separate container, put the lid on your kombucha container and refrigerate it.

That’s it! You’re ready to enjoy tasty, homemade kombucha tea. Sometimes when you’re making kombucha your SCOBY will multiply. If it does, you can hook up a friend who wants to start brewing her own kombucha!

Finding a SCOBY

The real trick to brewing kombucha at home is getting your hands on a SCOBY. Here are a couple of options:

+ Phone a friend. Got a friend who makes kombucha? Ask if she has an extra SCOBY or even if she can cut you off part of hers.

+ Buy one. You can pick up a starter kit online and use the SCOBY you grow over and over.

Have any of you guys made your own kombucha tea? What kind of tea did you use, and how did it turn out?

A version of this recipe originally ran at Eat Drink Better, republished here with permission.

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