Well, I finally took the plunge and ordered a kombucha kit. At $3’s a bottle I figured I would give it a whirl. It didn’t look that hard to do. It was an epic fail for me. I created miniature bombs.
Don’t get me wrong I loved the experience that kombucha has taught me, but I think I need to research a little more and try again when I have more time and patience. Here are some of the pros and cons that I discovered.
I loved that it was homemade, but more importantly, I could make any flavor I wanted. It was great to experiment with the different herbs that I have in the garden and pair them with the frozen fruit I had on hand.
I found that making kombucha is time-consuming the first fermentation takes about 7 to 10 days and the second a few days. I was continually mixing something or having to burp something. Life got in the way, and I forgot about some bottles, and as luck would have it, I happened to be in the room when I heard fizzing and a geyser shooting off. To make matters worse silly me tried to open it in the house, and the liquid exploded everywhere, and I mean everywhere. It even embedded itself in my ceiling, which I have to clean and repaint but wasn’t quite ready to tackle this project yet.
Second I wasn’t a fan of the taste, and it might have given me headaches. It is possible that I didn’t ferment it long enough or it was fermenting for too long because life got in the way or I forgot about it.
And thirdly it made too much for just me. I only made the one gallon, but it made six bottles each time. I was only drinking one a week from the store.
While I loved this project, I have decided to put it aside for now and try making some other beverages and see which one I like best.