Kombucha. Doesn't the word conjure up visions of an exotic village in the Himalayan mountains?
Kombucha is an age-old drink that contains probiotics, enzymes, B-vitamins and more. It supports the immune system, improves digestion, helps cleanse and detox the body, increases energy, helps with weight loss, reduces joint pain including arthritis pain, and even helps prevent cancer.
Simply put, it's fermented sweet tea.
But would I like it? It's supposed to taste a bit, well, unusual. A few weeks ago I spotted several flavors of kombucha tea in the refrigerated case at a large grocery store, next to the juices. Happy that I wouldn't have to drive the distance to the nearest (but far from home) health food store to sample it, I forked over $3.50 for one glass bottle of gingerberry-flavored kombucha.
The bottle lasted me two days, and on my next trip to town I bought another. This time tried the Trilogy flavor, but I didn't like it as well, so my third bottle was another Gingerberry. All right, I liked it. And it's supposed to be easy to brew at home, so I wouldn't have to shell out $3.50 per bottle and rely on the grocery store when I ran out - both are things I wasn't willing to do on a regular or long-term basis.
|Kombucha with scoby|
Some folks say you can grow your own scoby from a bottle of unflavored kombucha bought at the store, but I decided not to travel that route. People who brew their own kombucha often have extra cultures to share, but they are also available online; I bought my scoby from an Etsy.com seller. And that's where the adventure began: a journey that is ongoing and full of experimentation. Stay tuned for the second chapter.
Adventures in Kombucha
The Kombucha Adventure Begins
Flavoring Kombucha, the Second Brew
How I Make Kombucha
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