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Kombucha – Home Brewing It!

So Erin gave us a scoby, which I promptly named “Freddy.” Don’t ask me why, but I did.

Ryan on the other hand put the scoby to use. He brewed our first batch of kombucha!

Kombucha is a fermented tea that is believed to possess all of these great health benefits. Whether or not it is really THAT good for you doesn’t really matter. It isn’t bad for you and I think it is delicious. So even if it has one quarter of the health benefits people claim that it has, I’m drinking it!

Here is our recipe!

Makes 1 quart of kombucha

Ingredients:

You will need a glass jar to hold the liquid and a coffee filter or towel for a lid.

  • 2 1/2 cups hot (not boiling) water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 black tea bags
  • 1 green tea bag
  • 1/2 cup already-made unflavored kombucha tea
  • Kombucha culture (Scoby)

Heat up water to just before boiling and add sugar. Make sure it is all dissolved. Seep tea bags for 5-10 minutes in water that is hot but not boiling. Then let the tea completely cool to room temperature.

Then add tea to the scoby with starter kombucha (or already-made kombucha) in a mason jar.

Cover with a coffee filter and rubber band. Make sure nothing metal touches the kombucha or scoby. Make sure your hands are clean when handling the scoby.

Let sit for 5-30 days and enjoy!

If you choose not to follow this recipe, make sure to be careful in which one you select. Apparently you can brew a batch that is bad for you!

The good, the bad and the just plain stupid

Below are random things from this week that I just felt the need to share.

The Good:

1. Rock climbing is simply awesome. If you haven’t gone, I recommend you try it!

2. Kombucha. Why oh why are you so hard to find in stores? You are super healthy yet Whole Foods is just about the only store to sell you. Can someone please tell me why you can find WhoNu bars everywhere and Kombucha nowhere?

Also, soon to come a Kombucha recipe (and this won’t be like the foam rolling video…it will happen in a more timely manner. Although the foam rolling video will still be up soon! I promise!)

The Bad:

3. Kashi uses genetically modified products. I think food products that use these products should have to be labeled. Do you?

4.”¬†Eating meat started from boredom and experimentation that became habit. If we eat dead flesh then we become dead flesh. It is said that humankind was immortal until it began eating the dead. Keeping the brain busy is how you feed the body. Keep it busy and only take from this earth what you need.

Sit on that for a few seconds, maybe even minutes. Keep your brain busy by learning, thinking, and creating. We have so much to unlearn.

We will chat again…”

This was the first comment on the NY Times “The Ethicist Contest Winner.” Oh boy….

And the Simply Stupid:

5.

I wanted to share this photo for two reasons. One, I made it and thought it was funny. Two, it boasts that it is “A fat-free food.” As if that makes it healthy!!!

6. Ok so this isn’t really “stupid” per say. But it is really funny. In an old episode of The Office, Michael gets a sausage, egg and cheese biscuit for breakfast. He takes off the biscuit and says, “Healthier.” Haha I like it even though it isn’t totally true.

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