If you’re searching for how to bottle kombucha, you’ve likely already fermented your first batch! If not, don’t worry — I have you covered! I have an article on how to make kombucha, that shows you the whole process from start to finish.
Learn about the Health Benefits of Kombucha.
Bottling your homemade kombucha is probably the easiest part of making kombucha at home. It only requires about 5 minutes and a few tools!
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How to Bottle Kombucha
- Kombucha Bottles – I use sanitized Grolsch (beer) bottles that I picked up from Total Wine. You can also grab clear bottles from Amazon.
- A Metal-Free Funnel
- A Metal-Free Sieve (optional)
Step 1: Remove the Scoby
Start by washing your hands, then running white vinegar over them (this makes it safe to handle the scoby without damaging it).
You’ll notice that you now have two scobies! Your original scoby had an offspring 🙂 No worries – this happens with every batch of kombucha you make.
Add your scobies to a scoby motel (if you’re new to that term, here is how to make a scoby hotel).
Step 2: Add your Kombucha to Clean Bottles
Step 2A: If you have a glass jar with a (metal-free) spigot, you can pour your komobucha straight into your bottles. I highly recommend this, as it’s super easy.
Step 2B: If you’re fermenting your kombucha in a spigot-free container, that is fine, too! Just place a non-metal funnel into a clean bottle and pour your kombucha into the funnel.
Note: Your kombucha will have little floaties in it. If this bothers you, strain your kombucha through a non-metal sieve.
Leave 1/2″ – 1″ of headspace at the top of your bottle, then close your bottle.
Step 3: Refrigerate or Carbonate
After your kombucha is bottled, you can place it straight into the refrigerator for immediate consumption!
Or – you can cap the kombucha and place it in a pantry, or other dark and warm place and let it sit for 1 – 3 more days to create a more carbonated kombucha.
If you choose to let it carbonate for a few more days, make sure you transfer it to the refrigerator in no more than three days.
You can also add flavors to your kombucha! By adding in fruits, spices, and herbs, you can infuse your kombucha with tons of yummy variations. Learn how to flavor kombucha or grab this ginger kombucha recipe.
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Do you make your own kombucha? Share your process for how you bottle kombucha in the comments!