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heartofjoy 05-14-2020 06:35 AM

Is anyone currently making kombucha?
I would love to chat about recipes for a second ferment.

I've been just putting random stuff in the bottles and leaving them for a couple of days. I'm scared to let them go too long because I don't want the bottles to explode!

This time I have apple ginger, pineapple, peach, and berry. Using totally random stuff I had in the kitchen.

My kombucha has been pretty vinegary also, and I would love tips on how to fix that.

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domesticzookeeper 05-14-2020 06:47 AM

Re: Is anyone currently making kombucha?
If it's too vinegary, you can shorten that first ferment time. The length of fermentation can really vary based on the ambient temperature of the house, but I usually start taste-testing it around 2 weeks.

And we've done second ferments in the fridge no problem :yes It takes a little longer for the flavors to develop, but if you're not drinking it *that* quickly then it really doesn't hurt (and way less chance it will explode :giggle)

My friend used to just chop up and throw in whatever fruit was in-season :yum You can also play around with some dry spices - Pumpkin Spice kombucha tastes remarkably like mulled cider.

Soliloquy 05-14-2020 01:15 PM

Re: Is anyone currently making kombucha?
Yes, shorten the first ferment if it's too sour for your taste.

I used to make tons but I'm not right now. My dh will occasionally buy the locally made 'buch. I'm the only one who will take care of it and I'm just not sure I want another living thing under my watch right now. :lol But it is so tasty on a nice summer day!

Flavors we've liked:

Strawberry rhubarb
grape (I use my homegrown concord grapes, I don't think store bought grapes would be very flavorful, but you could try concord grape juice)

I gave away all my ez cap bottles, though. I suppose I could do a second ferment in mason jars. I like it plain, too.

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