Learn to Brew Your Own Kombucha!
Have you heard of Kombucha? The fermented tea beverage has been around for more than 2,000 years and has a rich history of health benefits like improving digestion, boosting energy and helping your immune system. It is made from sweetened tea that’s been fermented by a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast (a SCOBY, a.k.a. “mother” because of its ability to reproduce, or "mushroom" because of its appearance). By brewing your own Kombucha, you save money that would be otherwise spent on commercially produced Kombucha and get to concoct new flavors! Participants will receive a Kombucha Brewing Kit including a SCOBY, brewing vessel,starter liquid and an illustrated "how to" guide as well as "Dos and Don'ts" In the workshop I will cover: • What is Kombucha? • Benefits and Myths of Kombucha • How to Brew Your Own Kombucha at Home? • FAQ • Kombucha Tasting!
My journey into brewing Kombucha started during the Summer of 2011 when I WWOOFed (world wide opportunities on organic farms) on a blueberry farm on Vancouver Island. The owner of the farm had intriguing jars full of the bubbly elixir that lived in a dark corner of that house. I inquired about her curious drink that she enjoyed every morning and she explained to me how the magic of brewing Kombucha worked. The moment the sweet tangy carbonated liquid hit my tongue, I was hooked. As a parting gift at the end of my stay on the farm she gave me a SCOBY (a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast)-the essential ingredient for brewing Kombucha. Since then, my SCOBY, also know as a "mother," has traveled with me for the last 4 years. We have made our way from the flats of Montana to the mountains of Yosemite to the ocean in the Pacific Northwest. Along the way I have been experimenting with different flavors and brewing methods while sharing my Kombucha gift with many people. I love the connection brewing Kombucha creates as well as the empowerment it gives brewers when they can make something that most people buy in stores.
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