I'm pretty sure I'm making moonshine.
I've had Kombucha tea over the past year, love the taste, and have noticed some good things about it. My digestive system is improved, and I never worry about getting those much-hyped probiotics.
It's EXPENSIVE! $3.19 - $3.49 a bottle. And for what? A vinegar-fruity-like fermented concotion with secret powers, that's what, yo!
I have a friend, Anne, who makes her own. She offered me a Scoby so I could also make my own, saving all kinds of money. What is a Scoby? A Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast. Or Josh says, "Super Creepy Organism." It is basically a floating pancake-like "starter" in a gallon of green tea.
So I gathered my supplies and created a special shelf in my pantry:
1) 1 gallon sterilized jar
2) organic raw sugar
3) green tea packets
4) sterilized Kombuca bottles (washed the ones out I had purchased)
5) clean t-shirt, rubber band
I won't go into the whole process here, but let's just say that this brew might kill me. Tim told me all about the NPR report he heard where there is no solid evidence that this special tea does a thing for you. Mayo Clinic also says the jury is out on this fizzy crap (I'm pretty sure those were their actual words). If you make it incorrectly (in plastic, for example), or in an unsterile environment, you can actually breed harmful bacteria.
This may be my last post.
You have to scrub, scrub, scrub constantly while preparing the tea. And you can't use antibacterial soap! (Yes, because you are making bacteria) It has to be all-natural, chemical free stuff. The expense of all the equipment, including that special soap may actually cancel out the price-savings of making my own KomHoocha.
My friends are skeptical. My boys are grossed out. But it's like a crazy science experiment that I want to see through to the end.
My recent text exchange with Maelyn on the subject:
Lora: (texted photo) The Mother of Scoby. I'm scared! Don't know if I can really go through with making Kombucha...Booch/Hooch.
Maelyn: Dang. You went through with it. If anyone can pull it off, it's you.
Lora: I'm terrified of contaminants! It's kind of a big project.
Maelyn: When can you drink the stuff? And how do you get the delicious berry flavors?
Lora: In 8 - 14 days you add the flavorings on a second round of fermentin'. This is so not in the Word of Wisdom. I am going to hell.
Maelyn: It's so cheap though.
Lora: I don't know if I will stick with it. It's like having a pet. We tried that, remember? Look (send 2nd picture) the first batch. A Scoby floating in the tea! I check on it in a week. Apparently you can very easily get bad bacteria in the jar--then you have to dump everything and start over.
Maelyn: Is Tim nervous?
Lora: Yes, but I said, "$3.29 a bottle nervous, baby?!"
Maelyn: What the hell is a Scoby, and how can you tell when it has turned bad?!
Lora: Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast. I guess it can get mold. Crazy.
Lora: Holy Scoby!
Maelyn: (Looking at 3 day photo) Oooh. Is that mold?
Lora: Nope. just the culture. If it turns green, I'm dead.
Maelyn: The STRESS!!!
Lora: Hold onto your Spanx. The Scoby MOTHER has birthed a Scoby BABY!
Maelyn: Get OUT. What am I looking at?
Lora: Mother at the top, Baby on the bottom of jar. The babies are the ones loaded with the most medicine, according to witch doctors.
Maelyn: K. You are FREAKIN me out. You might as well name them at this point. It just can't get any creepier! I guess if they start moving around with arms and legs...and squeaking.
Lora: haha! I feel like we've adopted Sea Monkeys.
And folks, I have not included pictures of the above, simply because they really are kinda gross.