That’s my little baby, Kombuchee! I love it SO much and I tell it every day. Supposedly, the lively culture can pick up on the energies of its surroundings and will produce accordingly. I want to make sure it is happy because it benefits me so well. I give the mama sugary tea and it gives me probiotics, enzymes, energy, anti-oxidants and liver-cleansing organic acids. It also gives me a sweet & distinct euphoric feeling after consumption. Each morning, I tell it hello, see how it’s doing and let it know that I love it so. I flip over the mushroom guy because bubbles seem to accumulate underneath the pancake which pushes it out of the tea sometimes. I smell it and make sure it has a vinegar smell indicating proper pH. It certainly doesn’t taste like vinegar though. I check that it’s breathing(producing CO2) by shining it with a flashlight at a certain angle that lets me see arising bubbles. So far, it’s been very healthy and breathing beautifully. Then, I cover it back up with the cheesecloth and put it back in it’s comfy home in the pantry.
After ten days, I have harvested the kombucha tea and added a new batch of sugar tea to the container. This means… I finally get to drink it! It’s been amazing. I made sure to let it sit long enough to have almost no sugar content. It is very mild tasting but I can’t get enough. Straight out of the cold fridge, it is fresh & fizzy. I have been drinking it first thing in the morning in place of coffee. I swear I love it even more than coffee which is insane. When I drink coffee on an empty stomach while fixing breakfast, my tummy feels funny from being so empty. I didn’t have that feeling today after just having some kombucha. However, it jump-started my metabolism without any bad tummy feelings…. excellent! I may have to start brewing two containers at once because ten days is awhile to wait for the next batch considering my potential for consuming it very quickly. Either way, home-brewing beats paying $3.25/bottle! I get to adjust the sweetness to my liking and get friendly with my own personal bacteria guys, win-win.
I take a probiotic pill when I remember but have been eating significantly less beneficial bacteria since I started eating Paleo because I no longer eat yogurt. I really wish I had access to raw milk yogurt or the raw milk to make my own yogurt. I’m scared of dairy now though. All this time I thought it worked really well with me and now I’m not so sure. I used to be obsessed with cheese. I would go to Whole Foods and raid the sample-size cheese bin. I would easily spend $20 on cheese every time I went there, it was inevitable. I often purchased the raw milk cheeses. I thought it would be impossible to give up dairy and cheese. When I used to say cheese and think about cheese my eyes would get big and happy like how I feel about kombucha. That’s just not the case anymore. I honestly can’t believe it since I once thought of it as my absolute favorite food. Now that I think about it, it’s pretty damn good. Somehow, I can do without and feel perfectly cheery doing so, no big thing. People I’ve had cheese freak-out conversations with are going to be like WHAT?! but yep, no longer a cheese addict. I think I’m only a coffee addict now…. hope to break that with the kombucha!
If you haven’t tried kombucha, try it! If you drink soda, kombucha has the same satisfying fizziness without the death attached. If you spend way too much money on kombucha, try making it yourself… it’s easier than you think once you get set up. If you want fresh, local kombucha compared to stuff sent from California that is super sweet, blows up, or no longer has its carbonation because it has been sitting on the shelf too long(I HATE that!), make your own!!!