How to Flavor Your Fermented Tea
Flavored kombucha – the front man (or woman) of the fermented food pop-band. While purists may think it detracts from the true essence of fermentation, someone needs to do the interviews and be seen with celebrities 🙂
Adding fruit, fruit juice, and/or herbs and spices can enhance the complexity and boldness of your kombucha flavor and make your home brew, and all the awesome benefits, more accessible to friends and family.
Don’t Know How to Brew Kombucha? Catch Up!
If you’ve made it this far, you’ve likely dialed in all your kombucha brewing needs and have your raw kombucha waiting in the wing. If you don’t, check out the below pieces to get up to speed:
When deciding how to flavor your finished kombucha, the world is your oyster! Fruits, juices, spices and herbs are all viable options. At Humm Kombucha, we have also added home brewed flavored tea (like Mate, Chai or mint tea) after the primary fermentation. Here are a few ideas to experiment with:
- Berries (all the berries!)
- More Berries 🙂
Whatever you decide to use for your flavored kombucha, place it in your glass serving vessel. Helpful Tip: it’s easiest to add the flavoring agent to the container before the kombucha 🙂
Prior to combining the flavor with your raw kombucha, it’s best to strain out as much of the SCOBY (link to SCOBY quiz) parts as possible to create a smooth consistency that doesn’t surprise anyone with an odd, textured, floaty bit. So after removing your mother SCOBY and setting it aside with some starter tea for your next batch, place your strainer over the funnel and pour your kombucha through the strainer into the glass vessel you will use for flavoring, carbonating and serving.
With your kombucha and flavoring agent combined in a sealed glass bottle, either place it in your refrigerator to chill and let the flavor enhance or leave the bottle out for a few days to “bottle condition” and allow more carbonation to build and even greater flavor to seep in. This process can be done from 1-10 days depending on how fizzy you want your brew. Trial and error will be your friend for determining what is right for you 🙂
At this point there is one final step, and it’s the best one: chill, pour a glass, enjoy and share with friends!
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