DIY Kombucha
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DIY Kombucha


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78 Pages

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Create refreshing, healthier drinks, from kombucha to herbal sodas and more, in your own kitchen.

  • Author is a fermentation expert, chef, registered holistic nutritionist and has a red seal in culinary arts
  • She founded Rooted in Nutrition in 2009 and teaches classes and workshops on fermentation methods
  • Kombucha is a fizzy fermented health drink that people are turning to as an alternative to soda
  • This is the essential book on how to make kombucha and other fermented beverages from scratch
  • Takes the mystery out of the care and feeding of SCOBY bacteria and how to use it to brew flavorful drinks
  • Learn how to make kombucha that tastes store-bought
  • Simple, visual, straight forward instructions
  • Highly illustrated in full color
  • Covers secondary fermentation, flavoring with fruit and herbs and a troubleshooting section
  • Explains that basic science of fermentation in easy to understand language
  • Differs from other kombucha books in that author is chef and registered nutritionist, contains recipes for other fermented drinks " jun (honey fed SCOBY), kefir water, ginger bug, ginger and root beer.
  • Drawing on years of experience teaching beginners, the author discusses all the most common and some of the less common questions of first time brewers such as, "How long does this project take? How do I know if it is good to drink? What if I go on holiday? Does this SCOBY look normal?"


  • D-I-Yers, homesteaders, foodies, health-minded people, makers and doers

Create refreshing, healthier drinks, from kombucha to herbal sodas and more, in your own kitchen.

Since the relatively recent introduction of kombucha onto North American supermarket shelves, this healthy sparkling beverage has exploded in popularity. But can it be brewed at home, with the same tasty, healthy results?

With this straightforward, accessible, and highly visual how-to guide, author Andrea Potter does away with specialist jargon and expensive or hard-to-find equipment, showing how sparkling homebrews from kombucha to water kefir are definitely possible for just about anyone to make, and have fun doing it. Coverage includes:

  • Basic fermentation science

  • Controlling fizz, acidity, and alcohol content

  • Secondary fermentation and adding flavours to the brew

  • Wild-fermented sodas, using a ginger bug (a wild yeast culture)

  • Recipes for kombucha's honey-fed relative, Jun, as well as for water kefir.

Answering key questions including "where does all that sugar go?", "do I need to get a sitter for it when I go on holiday?", and "does this SCOBY look normal?", and including a comprehensive troubleshooting guide to help you keep brewing confidently and consistently, DIY Kombucha is ideal for foodies, urban and rural homesteaders, and health-motivated people - it's an essential addition to your DIY toolkit!

1 An Introduction to Homebrewed Sparkling Beverages
The Revival of Kombucha and Homemade Fermented Sodas
Water, Sugar, Culture
      Cleaning the Equipment
That Wobbly Line between Alcoholic and Nonalcoholic
      Too Much Fizz: How to Avoid Overcarbonation
      Protect Yourself and Save the Mess
      Too Little or No Fizz: Troubleshooting Lack of Bubbles

2 Kombucha
What is a SCOBY? Its History and Other Interesting Facts
      From Homebrewed to Store Shelves and Back Again
About the Culture
      Is My Brew Probiotic?
Kombucha Ingredients
Where to Get Your First SCOBY
How Big a SCOBY Do You Need?
      Which Tea Will You Try?
Herbal Kombucha
Primary Fermentation: Teas and Herbs
What Type of Sugar to Use
Kombucha Basic Recipe
     Adding Flavor and Carbonation to Your Batch
           Method 1: Flavor the Whole Batch
           Method 2: Create Different Flavors in Each Bottle
Care for Your Mother: The SCOBY Hotel
      Maintaining the Hotel
What To Do With Over-Fermented (Vinegary) Kombucha
What To Do With Extra SCOBYs
Kombucha and SCOBY Troubleshooting
Kombucha as an Ingredient
      Mah's Orange Mint Kombucha Spritz
      Coconut Kefir Kombucha Smoothie

3 Jun: The Honey-Loving SCOBY
Jun Basic Recipe

4 Water Kefir
Water Kefir Culture
Where to Get Water Kefir Grains
What to Feed Water Kefir
Fermenting Fruit Juices and Adding Syrups
Water Kefir Basic Recipe
Caring for Your Kefir Grains
Remaining Sugar and Alcohol
A Rhythm of Its Own
Coconut Kefir Yogurt Recipe

5 Wild-Fermented Ginger Beer; Fruit and Herbal Sodas
Ginger Beer or Ginger Ale?
Why Wild-Fermented?
Making and Caring for a Ginger Bug
Ginger Beer Basic Recipe
Root Beer
      Root Beer Recipe
           Love Your Liver Root Beer Tonic
           Elderberry Immunity Soda
           Turmeric Cardamom Fizz
           Beet Cream Soda
      Ginger Beer and Ginger Bug Fermented Soda Troubleshooting and FAQ

6 Whey-Fermented Drinks
Using Whey as a Starter for Fermented Sodas
How to Obtain Whey
Beet Kvass Recipe

About the author
A note about the publisher



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Published 06 November 2018
Reads 7
EAN13 9781771422741
Language English
Document size 4 MB

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