Kombucha Recipe | Part 4

Kombucha Recipe Made Easy

By David Lindenbaum Published: September 5, 2013.

This is one of the easiest Kombucha recipes. It makes one gallon of kombucha tea.

4.5 stars based on 35 reviews. Prep time: 30 min Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hour 30 min Yield: 12 8oz servings

There will be enough kombucha starter tea for your next batch (12 servings) Serving size: 1 8oz serving (when properly fermented) Calories per serving: 50 Fat per serving: 0g

Below is a simple recipe on how to make kombucha tea.  Keep in mind that there are literally hundreds of different kombucha recipes and each one can be modified to make it your very own.

We will be posting a whole series on different recipes for kombucha making but we wanted to first get you used to the basic recipe and standards (ie no matter what kombucha recipe you use, there are things like waiting for your tea to cool down before adding the kombucha mushroom culture to you kombucha tea recipe, etc).

Though the ingredients for the kombucha recipe are pretty basic… sugar, tea, kombucha culture and starter tea — you will find that by changing the type of tea and sugar used as well as fermentation times and other factors, the possibilities of what you can do are endless.  But for now let’s start with the basics baby!


Making Kombucha Tea at Home 

Updated Video on Some Kombucha Recipe Questions…





Kombucha Tea Recipe 1 Gallon Recipe

Stuff You Need (please refer to the terms found on our in lesson one of our free 7 day kombucha mini course for more info on the terms.  the sign up form is at the bottom of this post).

  • Kombucha Mushrooms – (also known as a kombucha culture or kombucha SCOBY)
  • 1 cup of kombucha mushroom starter.
  • 1 cup organic sugar – you can use white sugar but make sure it says “cane sugar”
  • Four to Six tea bags (ahem.. or you could pick up some of our Signature Organic Kombucha Loose Leaf Tea Blend) – if using premium loose whole leaf tea use between four to six teaspoons.
  • Breathable cover – (you can use a simple paper towel or handkerchief and will allow fruit flies in your brew
  • rubber band to fasten the cloth cover over the kombucha brewing vessel.
  • A magical unicorn (optional)
  • Water (we recommend spring water if possible)
  • Stainless steel pot
  • Kombucha brewing vessel – glass, stainless steel or oak – you can use food grade plastic or a Porcelain Brewer if you know it is certified lead free.. like our Kombucha Continuous Brewing System.

Step 1 – Make Kombucha Tea Recipe One Gallon: Prepare Your Sweet Tea Solution

AKA The Sweet Tea and it will feed your Kombucha mushroom and in return your kombucha mushroom will turn it into delicious Kombucha:

  1.    Boil 4 cups of water.
  2.    Add hot water & tea bags directly into your kombucha brewer (that’s what ever you chose to brew kombucha in!)
  3.    Let the tea sit/swim/relax in the water anywhere between for 5-10 minutes.
  4.    Remove the tea bags (or if you are using loose tea strain out the loose tea).
  5.    Eventually you will need the tea to cool down before adding your Kombucha Mushrooms, but in the meantime, let’s take advantage of hot tea and move on to step 6 baby!
  6.    Add you sugar into the hot tea and keep stirring until it is dissolved all the way.
  7.    Now this is the fun cool ninja part… Chances are your tea is still hot. This will cool it down quickly!!
  8.    Fill your kombucha brewer with cold spring water all the way until it is around ¾ full.
  9.    The name of the game here is that we want the newly prepared SWEET TEA to be below 80 degrees. WHY? Because the yeast in kombucha do not like the heat too much (they’re like your Aunt Sally).. and when you add your kombucha starter tea and kombucha mushrooms to the SWEET TEA solution, you risk having the yeasts die off.


Step 2 – Kombucha Recipe 1 Gallon: Add Your Kombucha Culture and Starter Tea

how to make kombucha recipe 1 gallon

  1.    When your tea has cooled down add your kombucha mushroom culture along with the starter tea into your brewing vessel.
  2.    Cover with your breathable cover and secure with the rubber band.
  3.    Place in a slightly warm, dark and ventilated place – open closet is good, counter top is also good but make sure it is away from smoke.. so if you burn stuff on the stove a lot, the kitchen might not be the best place 🙂
  4.    Do a little happy dance!
  5.    Wait 5 to 10 days.  Your kombucha culture might sink or swim.  Either is ok, you also might notice a thin layer growing on top.  If left undisturbed this will be your new kombucha baby!
  6.    After around 5 days, or when you are ready to taste your KT, gently insert a straw underneath the kombucha culture and taste test.  If too sour, then reduce your brewing cycle next time and bottle immediately.  If too sweet, allow to brew for a few more days.  Continue to taste every day or so until you come to a taste that is right for you.  The one thing to mention is that ideally you want you Kombucha PH when you test it to be below 3.0 as this will ensure that the likely hood of pathogens or mold happening is next to none.
  7.    Enjoy! Start off with 2 to 4oz up to 3 times a day (6 to 12 ounces total) in the
    morning,  with meals to help with digestion and at night. Drink plenty of water as it is a natural detoxify-er and you want to flush the newly released toxins out.  A good rule of thumb is drink an equal amount of water with your kombucha.


How Do I Know When The Kombucha Tea Recipe Is Ready To Drink?


The perfect kombucha tea taste: You are looking for a slightly sharp (acidic), not sweet taste. If it is not quite there yet then put the cover back on and leave it for another day or so before tasting again.

The length of brewing time can vary quite a lot but, it is normally between 5 days to 2 weeks though, it can take longer under certain circumstances.

What Are Some Factors That Determine Kombucha Brewing Times?

Here are just some of the many circumstances that affect brewing time and taste.

  • How strong your starter tea was
  • What type of tea was used
  • The time of season
  • The temperature controls
  • The location, of your kombucha vessel
  • How much air circulation your kombucha mushroom scoby has
  • If the kombucha tea was or was not left undisturbed
  • How many Kombucha SCOBYs were placed in the container (more mushroom SCOBYS = faster brewing time)

And just so you know… kombucha tea has several uses beside just drinking it… here’s one of the first videos I have ever done on youtube, check it out!





And there you go, the simple way on how to make organic kombucha tea.  More kombucha recipes and kombucha tea for health tips to follow on our newsletter.  Sign up below and also get your 7 day kombucha mini course.  If you have already signed up, feel free to send this info to a friend or secret lover.

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35 thoughts on “Kombucha Recipe | Part 4

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  3. I am new to this and starting my first batch. I was following the one gallon recipe and somewhere along the way I realized that perhaps I am supposed to have 2 of the scoby starters. I got mine off a girl at a health food co-op and there was only one. There is at least 1 cup of starter tea in the jar though. Will the 1 gallon recipe work with 1 scoby and 1 cup of starter tea or should I dump (and have to waste) my tea and sugar mixture and start again with just half the recipe? Any quick responses would be greatly appreciated. Not sure how long the tea should sit before adding the scoby and starter liquid. Thanks!

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  5. Dave, love your course!
    A question: When brewing the kombucha, does light matter? Is there a difference if the kombucha is fermented in a clear glass bottled or a lead-free ceramic container? Should the clear glass be covered or draped to minimize light?

  6. hey dave! i have a wonderful recipe/flavor for you to try: Cinnamon apple spice! its so freakin delicious! i used one cinnamon stick per pint, a couple slices of apple (breaburn is my favorite to use) and a tiny pinch of allspice. very light on the allspice 🙂 happy brewing brother

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  8. Thanks for all of the help! Is it important that the round “baby” thing be on the bottom or could it be sideways in the middle? (My glass container is shaped oddly)
    Linda (first time Kombuchi maker:))

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