Bring 3 quarts filtered water to boil in a large pot. Add sugar and salt, if using, and simmer until dissolved. Remove from heat, add tea bags, and allow tea to steep until water has cooled to body temperature. Remove tea bags. Pour cooled liquid into a 4-quart Pyrex bowl and add 1/2 cup kombucha from previous batch. Place the mushroom on top of the liquid, with the firm, opaque side facing up.
Make a crisscross over the bowl with masking tape, cover loosely with a cloth or towel, and transfer to a warm, dark place, away from contaminants and insects. It should be around 70 to 85 degrees. In about 7 to 10 days the kombucha will be ready, depending on the temperature. It should be rather sour and possibly fizzy, with no taste of tea remaining. Transfer to covered glass containers and store in the refrigerator.
Do not wash kombucha bowls in the dishwasher.
Take the mushroom, which has now grown a second spongy layer, and place in a glass or stainless steel container in the fridge. Never use plastic. A kombucha mushroom can be used dozens of times.
If the mushroom turns black or the kombucha doesn't sour properly, the culture has become contaminated. Throw away all your mushrooms and acquire a new clean one.
It is important to use WHITE SUGAR and PLAIN ORGANIC BLACK TEA. This produces the highest amount of beneficial organic acids. Non-organic tea is high in fluoride, a thyroid depressant, so use only organic tea.
1) Laurel Farms (941) 351-2233
2) G.E.M. Cultures, www.gemcultures.com (707) 964-2922
3) A.F.Kombucha, www.kombucha2000.com (877) 566-2824
Kombucha Beverage, pre-made
1) Portland Brewing company
2) Pro Natura Kombucha Teas
3) A.F. Kombucha (see above)
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|Serving Size: 1 quart (770g)|
|Recipe Makes: 4|
|Calories from Fat: 0 (0%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 0g||0 %|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 0g|
|Cholesterol 0mg||0 %|
|Sodium 1772.8mg||61 %|
|Potassium 15.7mg||0 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 50.1g||15 %|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0 %|
|Sugars, other 50.1g|
|Protein 0.1g||0 %|
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Calories per serving: 194
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