I started making Kombucha last summer and have since gotten away from it. It’s easy to do things like that when your life is so busy. Well I killed my scoby (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) a while back because I knew I wanted to take a break from it. And here is just another one of the reasons that Kombucha is the coolest. I did keep some of the tea in my fridge for oh…lets not try to remember how long, and I wanted to see if I could re-culture a Mother (our would it be a baby?) myself. This has happened before when I have done a double fermentation by just leaving it out on the counter after transferring the scoby for a new batch. I wasn’t sure how well it would work though, seeing as it’s been a long time since I’ve messed with it. But I figured hey, can’t hurt anything right? So, I took out my quart size mason jar of the tea, placed it in a safe quiet place and topped it with a coffee filter and just let it be for about a week.
And low and behold…my tea grew a baby! And not just any baby (or mother?) but one that looked PERFECT for making a fresh batch. I am about to test it out and make a gallon size batch and I will check back with the results. I was pleased as punch.
And for those of you who have NO idea what on earth I am talking about here is a quote from the site Seeds of Health on some of the nutritional benefits of drinking Komubucha Tea (it tastes amazing too! Has a slight fizzy tang to it):
One of the main reasons why Kombucha seems to be efficacious against such a wide spectrum of diseases is that it does not have any specific action on particular illnesses, but rather its systemic detoxification of the whole body through glucuronic acid has an overall beneficial effect that invigorates the entire person…….. The following effects may be observed in those who drink the beverage on a daily basis: regulation of intestinal flora, cellular strengthening, detoxification of the entire organism, dross elimination, metabolic harmonization, a general antibiotic effect, a balancing of the blood pH.
The History and Spread of Kombucha
By James Roche
Some of the health claims are:
In rats it’s been shown to protect against stress and improve liver function. There is a lot of experiential evidence from people who have been using kombucha over many years. Many of the benefits reported include improvements in energy levels, metabolic disorders, allergies, cancer, digestive problems, candidiasis, hypertension, HIV, chronic fatigue and arthritis. It ‘s also used externally for skin problems and as a hair wash among other things.
The Main Reason why it is so good for you is because of the vast array of organic acids that help your body do it’s work.
Glucuronic acid –helps your body to detox itself (so start off small if you’ve never detoxed, or if it’s been a while (I learned this the hard way) Also helps with keeping your joints flexible (arthritis), and those who suffer from allergies
Lactic Acid– It’s a byproduct of how your body metabolized energy. It’s also created when you work out. Know that sore feeling you get when you lift weight…that’s a build up of lactic acid that hasn’t been processed back your blood stream. (but don’t worry, kombucha won’t make you feel soar AT ALL) Lactic Acid helps to keep you regular and also plays an important role in how your body balances pH. (think electrolytes)
Acedic Acid-helps prevent harmful bacteria from spreading (which I would assume is also why the bacteria in the scoby stays healthy)
Usnic Acidnatural anti-biotic
Malic Acid– liver detox
Gluconic Acid– helps with yeast issues such as thrush and candidiasis
Butyric Acid works with gluconic acid to further aid in yeast infections such as candida. Also plays a role is protect your body’s cellular membranes
( A lot of the information above was taken from “Seeds for Change” but please poke around and learn more about. You will be surprised how much info. you will find)
Even if it weren’t for all of the health claims, Kombucha tastes really good. You can even really have fun with it. We made a punch out of it at my daughters birthday party and everyone loved it! It’s very refreshing and makes you feel a little bit “clearer”. It’s hard to explain if you’ve never tried it. I will be putting up a separate recipe soon with how to make it using black tea, green tea, and a combination of the two. Kombucha Tea is pretty awesome. At least I think so!
Edit: Check out my video tutorial on How to Make Kombucha tea and a basic written recipe!