Kombucha. The mother of the booming, ready-to-drink, grab-and-go beverage category. Supposed health properties, soda alternative, or the means to a subtle buzz, this drink ranges from $2.99 - $3.99 a bottle... but it doesn't have to. With time and a little curiosity, you can DIY from home at $0.15 per 16 oz serving.
Gone are the days of DIY… that’s ancient acronym for Do-It-Yourself. Something many of us do less of these days.
It seems the trends here to stay are organic, non-GMO, and grab-and-go. We’re too busy for anything. Or, are we just too fancy?
The hipster is an example of trends here to stay. It’s the look you’re aiming for when picking out your next pair of prescription-free frames. It may also be the excuse for your laziness, which has led to your new beard and (if you’re trying to take yourself seriously), handle-bar mustache.
There are actually two kinds of hipsters in this world:
(1) Type 1 is the original. The OG.
(2) Type 2 is the wanna-be. The poser.
The defining characteristic? DIY. The OG hipster does it themselves.
Listen, it’s okay if you’re the wanna-be, poser. Embrace it. It’s a compliment, and the ultimate sign of respect to the original hipster. How do you know which you are?
Excuse my tangential, comical thinking – I’m getting to kombucha. The beverage of all beverages, and signature differentiator between OG hipsters and wanna-bes (me). Whether your budget doesn't permit your fancy beverage habits, or you maintain a curious, learner-mindset, this article will give you the quick and easy methods to brew your own.
The question is, will you make the time? Are you a type 1 or type 2 hipster? No matter, actually – just because you can DIY, doesn’t mean you can’t treat yo'self (at least time-to-time). You'll need 4 ingredients (including water), and a few tools/materials far from out-of-the-ordinary.
Do it yo'self.
- Glass jar, 1 gal+ size
- 1 Flour sack towel
- 1 Rubber band
- [several] Glass bottles and fitted caps (reused kombucha bottles work great)
- Tea: black or green
* Note: Read the ingredient label and ensure only black or green teas are present (no added extracts, flavors, oils, etc.)
- Sugar: pure cane white
* This is an important ingredient; honey and other sweetener alternatives generally don’t work as well. In fermentation, sugar is converted to carbon dioxide and alcohol, meaning the sugar content of your finished brew will not equate to your input.
- SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony of Bac