How to Make Organic Kombucha Tea
Organic Kombucha tea, also referred to as Mancurian Tea or Kargasok tea, is made with a live “starter culture” that is added to a mixture of black tea and sugar. It is then allowed to ferment for a week or more before it is ready to drink.The tea is a sweet-tasting beverage that is known for a variety of health benefits that include helping to boost the body’s immune system, promoting healthy digestion, building stamina, and fighting a number of infections.
Though, the Food and Drug Administration has not approved organicKombucha tea for medicinal purposes, it has been recognized around the world for its health benefits for centuries.
Organic Kombucha Tea Recipe
The following brewing advice for organic Kombucha tea is an excerpt from "Kombucha Tea: All You Need to Know."
Supplies to Brew Organic Kombucha TeaNOTE: The first thing you should do is to clean everything that you are going to use to make your organic Kaombucha tea. Cleanliness (hands, equipment, etc.)is imperative to making healthy organic Kombucha tea.Directions
Making Your Sweet Tea Solution: Adding the Live Culture:
Time to Brew:
5 Days Later…
Continuing to Brew:
The best way to look after your culture and maintain a constant supply of Kombucha Tea is to make your new batch immediately you have bottled the previous one.
Only Use Proper, Sterile Equipment
According to the Food and Drug Administration, organic Kombucha tea contains considerable quantities of acids commonly found in some foods such as vinegar, and smaller quantities of ethyl alcohol.
Because the acid could leach harmful quantities of lead and other toxic elements from certain types of containers--some ceramic and painted containers and lead crystal -- suchcontainers should not be used for storing Kombucha tea. In addition, the unconventional nature of the process used to make the tea has led to questions as to whether the product could become contaminated with potentially harmful microorganisms, such as the mold Aspergillus.
Such contamination could produce serious adverse effects in immune-compromised individuals.
Yet, the agency’s studies have found no evidence of contamination in Kombucha products fermented under sterile conditions.
However, there remains concern that home-brewed versions of this tea manufactured under non-sterile conditions may be prone to microbiological contamination.
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