Harvest Time: My First Batch of Kombucha Brew 🍶

in Foodies Bee Hive5 days ago (edited)

A week has gone by and my first batch of kombucha is ready!

You can check how I set it up the scoby and read a little bit about what kombucha is and why it’s good for you in my previous post: Homemade Kombucha Tea.

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As you can see on the two photos above, a new layer of scoby grew on top of the liquid that consists of black tea and some sugar.

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That’s how the new cellulose mat that hosts bacteria and yeast looks like when you remove it before draining the kombucha tea. Ugly!

I had to make sure that my hands were squeaky clean before handling it - nobody wants it to get contaminated with other bacteria that could spoil the ecosystem in the jar.

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I placed all the layers of the scoby to the bottom of the jar after draining the tea, and poured just a little bit from the old batch back into the jar before adding the cooled black tea that I prepared.

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To make the taste a bit more interesting, I mixed some cherry flavoured tea into this fresh batch and it turned out delicious - and I’m not saying this just because it’s mine.

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Cheers!

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Looks good. Congratulations!

Thanks! I hope it stays alive :)