INTRODUCTION

A COMPREHENSIVE INTRODUCTION TO KOMBUCHA TEA


WHY WRITE A GUIDE


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To make great kombucha tea all you need is a basic understanding of the process, but if you want to go the extra mile and have your kombucha taste and rejuvenate like a glass of happy unicorn tears, you must learn the many ingredients, equipment, and methods that are used to make kombucha. That's why we have this guide -- to teach you everything you would ever need to know about making your ideal cup of kombucha.

There are all kinds of online articles and books discussing kombucha, but the information is scattered or incomplete. A lot of web pages teach you the basics but lack depth, and books fall short when it comes to updated practices and recipes. The solution is this guide -- a comprehensive, updateable website that's all about the delicious, fermented, gloriousness that is kombucha. The guide is laid out with chapters so you can quickly find specific kombucha topics you're interested in. If you want to learn EVERYTHING about kombucha then start from the beginning and work your way through.



WHO SHOULD READ THIS GUIDE


This guide was designed for anybody interested in learning about kombucha. Definitions, history, brewing, safety, and equipment cleaning -- all of your questions are answered. You should walk away from this guide feeling confident about discussing, drinking, and making kombucha.

Chapter 1

What is Kombucha?


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If you're just setting out on your first kombucha adventure you probably have lots of questions ... like for starters ... what is kombucha? If you are completely new to making kombucha you need to first understand basic concepts in tea fermentation. Chapter 1 will answer all of the questions you have as you're just starting out. You'll learn what kombucha is, how old it is, where it came from, the science involved, who or what is a SCOBY, and who drinks kombucha today.



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Chapter 2

Health Benefits


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Besides being fizzy and delicious, Kombucha fortifies and improves the health of its drinkers. Experts think the health benefits are a result of biological processes, but I like to think it's because kombucha loves me that it makes me happy and healthy (I don't get out much). Here you will learn why kombucha has been scientifically proven to aid in detoxification, joint repair, digestion, and immunity.



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Chapter 3

How to Make Kombucha


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Depending on how you make kombucha there can be a lot of variability in taste, color, consistency, and health effects. In this chapter we cover how to buy or grow your own SCOBY, how to make kombucha, and how to flavor or infuse your kombucha.



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Chapter 4

Safety


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Safety is a large concern for a lot of people just starting out. If you've never fermented before the experience can be a daunting task. What does a healthy SCOBY look like? Can I drink too much kombucha? Is there alcohol in kombucha? These and an assortment of other topics will be covered in this chapter on kombucha safety.



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Chapter 5

Storage


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So you've just finished your latest batch of kombucha and now you're wondering what next? How do I store this? How long will it last? How do I clean my containers? Chapter 5 will discuss bottling techniques, different storage container types, equipment cleaning, and how to store your SCOBY for future batches.



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