After making fermented vegetables for a year I have been wanting to make my own kombucha as well. Somehow I never got around to doing it but since my son started his ‘hard cider’ project, I thought that it was now or never. Subsequently looked on online brewing accessories shops and found a half price 5 Litre glass jar in plastic container, kind of like a washing basket. It comes as a full starter kit except for the scoby, which I got from an acquaintance.
Well, I am still waiting (for hours by now) for the temperature of the tea/sugar mix to drop to 25 degrees Celsius! Beginners teething problems I suppose. Next time I start earlier OR as some sources mention, just make a 1/4 amount of hot tea mixture and add 3/4 cold water. I took the middle road and did 1/2 – 1/2.
The process was started in the early hours of 14 July. We are now 4 days down the line and a thin film is covering the top. I kind of regret having started this project with a 5 L container in a basket as I cannot see what is happening inside!!!