Jess grew me a SCOBY – see here – so I have started making kombucha – a fermented tea drink.
Here are Jess’s instructions for making kombucha:
First Ferment: make a litre of tea – I make green or white tea, but you can make black tea. Add about 1/3 cup of sugar to it. Let it cool completely then put in a jar with the scoby and about 1/2-1 cup of kombucha from previous ferment. Cover with a cloth – don’t make it airtight and leave for 7-10 days until it tastes sharp enough for you.
Second Ferment: Pour out kombucha into a botle or jar, leaving 1 cup with the scoby for the next ferment. Add in fruit or flavourings. Seal it and leave for three days, then refrigerate and drink!
My first batch was a little sharp so I think I will either add more sugar next time or do the first ferment for fewer days. Because it was a little sharp I drank it with fizzy water and it was lovely.
I will let you know how future batches turn out.
N.B. of course it is ridiculously good for you!