A quick review:
Mother stores in glass jar with cotton fiber lid tied with string. She needs to breathe.
She steeps at room temp in a tea brew (any tea, must have some black tea in the mix) plus 1 cup of white sugar per gallon water (minimum). Our favorite staple is black orange tea.
Fermentation time: 10 to 14 days. Longer if you wish to make vinegar.
We produce 4 wine bottles full per week.
Process for starting anew and bottling each week:
Start with a glass bowl, strainer, funnel, sweetened tea (made in advance and cooled), empty bottles
Be sure all are very clean. Wash your hands 2X.
1) Move mother and throw or give away any newly produced and unwanted daughters. Store her temporarily in a clean glass bowl.
Using a funnel pour the tea into bottles. Optional strain here, depends on if you like drinking the kombucha 'boogers'
Clean bowls that your mother lives in to ready them for a fresh batch of tea.
Strain tea as you pour it into a large bowl that mother lives in. I do this because I often have tea leaf floating in it.
Cover mother with cotton cloth.
Posted by Wendy Jehanara Tremayne at Tuesday, March 29, 2011