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How to make Kombucha Tea

Updated on May 6, 2011

Kombucha Tea has been around for hundreds of years and is still used by many people. It is believed to have been used in many countries such as Europe, Russia and Germany. People today still remember there great grandmothers brewing it in their homes.

It is still used today all over the world. I was told that Ronald Reagan received a culture from Japan which he tried and drank a liter a day to help cure an illness.

Kombucha Tea orrigin

Many immigrants have brought it from Asia and Europe to Australia. My daughter brought me a culture while living in Kalgoorlie and we made and drank this tea for several years. Like everything we were busy working and stopped making it. Whether it did us any good health wise I cannot say, except that it certainly did not do us any harm.

It was just by chance that I heard someone mention it the other day and decided to write an article about it. On doing a bit of research on this tea I have seen articles where people have believed they benefited from drinking this tea, here are a few comments:

  • People live a lot longer
  • It helps with impotence
  • Fungus is used to heal wounds and ulcers
  • Helps with slimming
  • Fungus can be used for a compress

Disclaimer: The above are only things that I have read and therefore have no proof as to whether it works or not.

How to Brew your Kombuch Tea

Ingredients

160 grams sugar

3 tea bags (this can be green or black tea)

2 liters of boiling water

1 health Kombucha culture or starter fungus

100 ml Kombucha tea that comes with the culture

Method

It is very important to make sure all your equipment is thoroughly sterilized. Use glass jars rather than metal as this could cause contamination.

  • Pour the boiling water over the sugar into prepared sterilized glass jar and stir until dissolved.
  • Add the tea bags, leave for five minutes and then remove tea bags.
  • Leave to cool until luke warm, then add the original kombucha tea and the original culture or fungus.
  • Cover the container with a place of cloth that allows the air to flow through. Place an elastic band around the top. This will prevent insects from contaminating the fermenting container.
  • The culture will often sink to the bottom but will soon rise to the top. Now store this in a dark and warm place in a cupboard. Leave for approx eight to ten days.
  • Remove fungus with clean hands and strain the liquid into bottles. Store this tea in fridge until ready to drink.

Now you can make another batch and start all over again. If you want to make an extra batch you can divide the culture into two.

I hope you enjoy making and drinking this wonderful tea and it will also save you having to buy it.

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      Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      networkrecruiting, yes its great just looks weird and its something different. thanks for reading

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      networkrecruiting 8 years ago from Spicy Alabama

      This an amazing tea and I have used it a few times and enjoyed the benefits.

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      Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      prasetio30, yes tea is a very refreshing drink at any time of the day. cheers

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I like your recipes. It sound delicious drink. It makes me thirsty. I always drunk tea two times a day. In the morning and in the evening. I support this hub.

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      Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Pamela99, It is a funny thing to make but like everything I suppose you have to give it a go. I dont know if it helped me either. thanks for stopping by

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      Pamela Oglesby 8 years ago from United States

      Eileen, I actually kept this tea and drank it daily for several weeks when I was really sick with lupus but it didn't seem to help with my problem, although it didn't hurt. There were no side effects. I'm sure it is good for those things you listed. Interesting hub.

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      Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Dolores Monet, I dont know about that, but it certainly didnt do us any harm. Some people swear by it. Reckon they live longer or they say reading back into history regarding this. thanks for stopping by

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      Dolores Monet 8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I've heard of Kombucha tea. They say that it clears toxins out of your body. My son said you start drinking it and feel very bad, that's the poisons leaving your body. Then after a week or so, you feel better than you ever felt in your life. Never tried it though.

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      Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      support med, Yes you are right there are good and bad in evberything. You do not eat this one though. Like you say with mushrooms, there are the bad (toadstool) mushrooms too. These are poisonous if eaten. Many people mistake these for mushrooms.

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      Support Med. 8 years ago from Michigan

      Kombucha tea. I've never heard of it. Is it tasty? Must read more about it as the word 'fungus' sort of causes me to hold back from it even though I am aware that some things we eat in our everyday lives contain fungus. I heard mushroom is a fungus and I really like mushrooms. Maybe it's like what you referred to in your pond hub, good bacteria and bad bacteria. I guess this is a case of good fungus type vs bad fungus type. Very interesting hub.

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