how to make kombucha easy recipe

Kombucha Recipe



Yield 16 +

A naturally carbonated fermented tea drink packed with enzymes, probiotics, and beneficial acids. Make it at home for less than half the price of store bought. This recipe is for one gallon. Scale up or down to make as much as you need.



  1. Prepare the sweet tea. I use 1 family size tea bag or 8-10 small bags per gallon of water. Add 1 cup of regular sugar. Do not use raw honey as it can interfere with the cultures in the SCOBY!
  2. Let tea cool to room temperature and make sure that it is really cool! This step is very important as too hot of tea can kill your SCOBY.
  3. Once tea is completely cool, pour into glass jar, leaving a couple of inches of room at the top.
  4. Pour in ½ cup liquid from a previous batch of kombucha or if starting from a dehydrated SCOBY, pour in ½ cup from a store-bought bottle of kombucha.
  5. With very clean hands, add the SCOBY and the starter liquid to the top of the jar of tea. It may sink or float and it makes no difference as the new SCOBY baby will eventually grow on the top.
  6. Cover the jar with the fermentation cover, coffee filter, or cloth and rubber band tightly (flies love this stuff!).
  7. Put the jar in a warm corner of the kitchen where it is at least a few feet away from any other fermenting products. 75-85°F is the best for the brew. If you need some extra heat, you can use a heating mat that heats from the sides like these.
  8. Let sit to ferment for around 7-10 days, though the length of time may vary depending on your temperature and batch size. You can test the kombucha by placing a straw in the jar carefully (slide under the SCOBY) and sipping. It should taste tart but still very slightly sweet also.
  9. At this point, Kombucha is ready for a second ferment. If you aren't doing the second ferment, just pour the kombucha into another jar or jars with airtight lids and seal until ready to drink.


If making into soda, you'll also need:-another gallon size jar or 5 quart sized jars-about 1 quart of fruit juice- (we prefer grape or apple for this) or 1/2 cup frozen berries

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup

Amount Per Serving

Calories 240

% Daily Value

Sodium 3 mg


Total Carbohydrates 56.3 g


Sugars 16.3 g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Recipe by Wellness Mama® at