Make your own kombucha

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Special equipment: 1 large glass jar with a lid


  • 1 Kombucha SCOBY
  • 8 black or green tea bags
  • 1 cup of organic granulated white sugar
  • 16 cups of water
  • 1 cup of kombucha


  1. Boil 16 cups of water in a large pot on the stove.
  2. Once the water boils, add all 8 tea bags and allow them to steep for 30 minutes. Remove the tea bags.
  3. Add your sugar and stir to combine.
  4. Cover the pot and leave to cool (I leave mine overnight.)
  5. Once the tea has cooled, pour it into your large glass jar.
  6. Place the SCOBY into the jar. DO NOT let your SCOBY touch metal…this will kill the culture. Use a wooden spoon or your hands to transport it between batches.
  7. If you have already have kombucha at home, also pour 1 cup of kombucha into the jar. If this is your first batch, you can omit this step or add some from a bottle of store-bought kombucha.
  8. Leave the lid off of the jar but cover with a clean dishcloth and secure with a rubber band. This step is to keep the critters out of your kombucha.
  9. Leave the kombucha to ferment for 7-14 days in a dark cupboard. You can test the taste to see when it’s ready. Once the sugar is fermented it will lose it’s sweet flavour and start to become sour or vinegary.
  10. For extra probiotic goodness, bottle/jar your Kombucha with a lid after 7-14 days and return it to the cupboard for another 3-5 days. This will allow your Kombucha to ferment further, carbonate and become fizzy. This is called the second ferment period.
  11. Mix it up during the second ferment by adding berries, shredded ginger or real fruit juice to your bottles/jars before filling with Kombucha (these are the jars without the SCOBY).
  12. Once your Kombucha has fermented in bottles/jars for 3-5 days, place it in the fridge. Your Kombucha will keep for up to 30 days. Enjoy about 1 cup (250 mL) of Kombucha per day, best served with breakfast.
  13. Don’t forget to repeat the recipe so you never run out! You will notice that your original SCOBY will have grown a new top layer. Separate the 2 and keep the new, top SCOBY. Discard or give away the older, bottom SCOBY. Be sure to add about 1 cup of Kombucha to your new batch.

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Thea is a Life By Design Chiropractor, author, blogger and international speaker on creating extraordinary health. Thea is passionate about powering your health, allowing you to create an extraordinary life! She has long known the benefits of regular Chiropractic care, experiencing drastic improvements in athletic and academic performance as well as an enhanced quality of life. Dr Thea shares the simple principles of achieving total health and inspires families to reach their full potential. Thea and her partner Brian own and practice from The Powerhouse Chiropractic in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada.