Kombucha is a fermented tea made with a kombucha starter culture and tea prepared with sugar.
All Kombucha starts with a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast). The SCOBY is just the yeast and bacteria that makes up kombucha in a solid form. It normally floats in the liquid and looks like a jellyfish. The formation of a SCOBY in you kombucha is a good sign that fermentation is active. Make sure you keep your SCOBY so that you can continue to brew batch after batch!
Kombucha tea has a rich, earthy flavor, which can vary greatly depending on the length of time it ferments, 7-30 days. For a mild flavor, brew the kombucha for a shorter time. For a bolder, more vinegary flavor, brew the kombucha for a longer time.
Our kombucha starter cultures are grown and packaged in a licensed commercial food processing facility using filtered water, organic sugar, and organic black tea.
No, our kombucha cultures only contain organic black tea, organic sugar, and filtered water.
Yes, with proper care kombucha cultures can be reused many times. The SCOBY will multiply with every batch so you can either split and make more batches at once, or compost the extras.
Brewing Kombucha FAQs
For your first batch of kombucha, you will need black tea, organic sugar, a large glass jar, and a can of Endless starter culture. You will also need a breathable fabric or coffee filter and rubber band to cover your brew.
We recommend glass containers when working with starter cultures, because of the potential of plastic to leach undesirable chemicals. Additionally, plastic is more easily damaged, often without your knowledge, which can result in hidden bacteria that may disrupt the culturing process.
It is possible that a SCOBY has formed in your starter tea on during its journey to you. You do not need to try and force it out of the can. The starter tea that pours out easily will be enough to produce kombucha.
The opposite is also true. If a SCOBY (or small piece of SCOBY) pours out with your liquid, there's no need to strain or remove it from your tea. Follow the steps on your instructions and watch for a new SOCBY to form!
A few good signs the kombucha fermentation process is proceeding normally include the formation of a new kombucha SCOBY on the top layer of the liquid in your jar, development of brown stringy yeast particles, and the liquid becoming less sweet and more vinegar-like.
Each time you brew a batch of Kombucha tea a new starter culture will form. The original starter culture ("the mother") and the new starter culture ("the baby") can each be used to brew a new batch of kombucha tea.
Yes. The cloudy white layer is the beginning of a new baby kombucha SCOBY. The formation of a new SCOBY is one sign that your batch of kombucha is fermenting properly.
Kombucha can be brewed from 7 to 30 days, depending on personal preference. A longer brewing time results in less sugar and a more vinegary-flavored beverage. Keep in mind that temperature will play a role in how quickly the kombucha cultures. Warmer temperatures will expedite the brewing process.
Sourdough is an ancient method of capturing wild yeast to leaven baked goods, used for centuries before commercial yeast was available. A sourdough culture is originally created by mixing flour and water and allowing the mixture to sit on a counter for a period of time to capture wild yeast.
Our sourdough cultures contain water, flour, and wild yeast. We use only organic flour and filtered water to perpetuate our sourdough cultures.
Our sourdough cultures contain no animal byproducts. They are manufactured in a facility that produces products containing gluten and dairy.
Yes, our sourdough cultures are traditional starter cultures and are meant to be re-used indefinitely.
Make sure to refrigerate your starter immediately upon receipt, and feed it within 24 hours. You may notice a sharp, astringent odor - this is normal. It just needs to be fed after its journey.
1) Add 60g (1⁄4 cup) lukewarm water to the starter container, and stir to partially dissolve the starter and loosen it from the container.
2) Place the starter / water mixture into a bowl. Add 230g (1 cup) lukewarm water and 240g (2 cups) of all-purpose flour. Mix, cover the bowl loosely, and let sit at cool room temperature (68 to 80°F) for 8 to 12 hours. The starter should expand and start to become bubbly.
3) Stir the starter and measure out 110g (1⁄2 cup) to feed. The remaining starter can be thrown away or used in recipes calling for sourdough discard. To the 110g (1⁄2 cup), add 110g (1⁄2 cup) water and 110g (1 cup) flour. Stir well, cover, and let sit until the starter bubbles and increases in volume, about 6 to 8 hours.
4) Repeat feeding process from Step 3 until the starter is bubbly and almost doubled. If you don’t plan on baking with it right away, cover it and put it in the refrigerator.
Refrigerator storage: Feed at least once a week, letting it rest on the counter until it starts bubbling (1 to 2 hours), before returning it to the refrigerator. Room-temperature storage: Feed every 12 hours (twice a day).
Maintenance feeding: measure out 110g (1⁄2 cup) of the starter (discard the rest), and feed it with 110g each water and flour.
1) The day before beginning the recipe, measure out 110g (1⁄2 cup) of starter (discard the rest), and feed it with 110g (1⁄2 cup) water and 110g (1 cup) flour. Stir well and let it sit at room temperature for 4 to 12 hours.
2) Once the starter is bubbly and almost doubled, repeat the process of measuring out 110g (discarding the rest), and feeding it with 110g each water and flour. Let the starter rise until it’s ripe and ready to use.
3) Measure out the amount of starter called for in your recipe, and then feed the remaining starter again before refrigerating.
*If your starter has been refrigerated, for best results feed it at least twice (steps 1 and 2 above) before you use it in a recipe.
Discard starter can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week and is great for pancakes, waffles, and more.
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