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How to Make Kombucha

Author Andrea Vaughan


  • 15 cups distilled water divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 black tea bags
  • 1 scoby


To Make the Kombucha

  1. Bring two cups of water to a boil. Add in 1 cup of sugar, stirring until dissolved, then remove from heat.
  2. Add 8 black tea bags and steep for 10 - 15 minutes. Remove tea bags and allow mixture to cool.
  3. Once room temperature, add tea blend to a gallon glass jar, Add in scoby and fill to the top with distilled water.
  4. Top jar with a coffee filter, secure with a rubber band, and set out of direct sunlight in a place that is 68-85 degrees Fahrenheit. Allow to sit, undisturbed, for 7 - 30 days.

To Bottle Kombucha

  1. Filter kombucha through a cheesecloth, sieve, or coffee filter into all glass jars. Secure bottle with lids and transfer to the refrigerator, or set on counter top for 2-3 additional days (max) to increase the carbonation.
  2. Kombucha will keep in your refrigerator for about 3 months.