Kombucha Recipe | Part 4

Kombucha Recipe Made Easy

By David Lindenbaum Published: September 5, 2013.

This is one of the easiest Kombucha recipes. It makes one gallon of kombucha tea.

4.5 stars based on 35 reviews. Prep time: 30 min Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hour 30 min Yield: 12 8oz servings

There will be enough kombucha starter tea for your next batch (12 servings) Serving size: 1 8oz serving (when properly fermented) Calories per serving: 50 Fat per serving: 0g

Below is a simple recipe on how to make kombucha tea.  Keep in mind that there are literally hundreds of different kombucha recipes and each one can be modified to make it your very own.

We will be posting a whole series on different recipes for kombucha making but we wanted to first get you used to the basic recipe and standards (ie no matter what kombucha recipe you use, there are things like waiting for your tea to cool down before adding the kombucha mushroom culture to you kombucha tea recipe, etc).

Though the ingredients for the kombucha recipe are pretty basic… sugar, tea, kombucha culture and starter tea — you will find that by changing the type of tea and sugar used as well as fermentation times and other factors, the possibilities of what you can do are endless.  But for now let’s start with the basics baby!


Making Kombucha Tea at Home 

Updated Video on Some Kombucha Recipe Questions…





Kombucha Tea Recipe 1 Gallon Recipe

Stuff You Need (please refer to the terms found on our in lesson one of our free 7 day kombucha mini course for more info on the terms.  the sign up form is at the bottom of this post).

  • Kombucha Mushrooms – (also known as a kombucha culture or kombucha SCOBY)
  • 1 cup of kombucha mushroom starter.
  • 1 cup organic sugar – you can use white sugar but make sure it says “cane sugar”
  • Four to Six tea bags (ahem.. or you could pick up some of our Signature Organic Kombucha Loose Leaf Tea Blend) – if using premium loose whole leaf tea use between four to six teaspoons.
  • Breathable cover – (you can use a simple paper towel or handkerchief and will allow fruit flies in your brew
  • rubber band to fasten the cloth cover over the kombucha brewing vessel.
  • A magical unicorn (optional)
  • Water (we recommend spring water if possible)
  • Stainless steel pot
  • Kombucha brewing vessel – glass, stainless steel or oak – you can use food grade plastic or a Porcelain Brewer if you know it is certified lead free.. like our Kombucha Continuous Brewing System.

Step 1 – Make Kombucha Tea Recipe One Gallon: Prepare Your Sweet Tea Solution

AKA The Sweet Tea and it will feed your Kombucha mushroom and in return your kombucha mushroom will turn it into delicious Kombucha:

  1.    Boil 4 cups of water.
  2.    Add hot water & tea bags directly into your kombucha brewer (that’s what ever you chose to brew kombucha in!)
  3.    Let the tea sit/swim/relax in the water anywhere between for 5-10 minutes.
  4.    Remove the tea bags (or if you are using loose tea strain out the loose tea).
  5.    Eventually you will need the tea to cool down before adding your Kombucha Mushrooms, but in the meantime, let’s take advantage of hot tea and move on to step 6 baby!
  6.    Add you sugar into the hot tea and keep stirring until it is dissolved all the way.
  7.    Now this is the fun cool ninja part… Chances are your tea is still hot. This will cool it down quickly!!
  8.    Fill your kombucha brewer with cold spring water all the way until it is around ¾ full.
  9.    The name of the game here is that we want the newly prepared SWEET TEA to be below 80 degrees. WHY? Because the yeast in kombucha do not like the heat too much (they’re like your Aunt Sally).. and when you add your kombucha starter tea and kombucha mushrooms to the SWEET TEA solution, you risk having the yeasts die off.


Step 2 – Kombucha Recipe 1 Gallon: Add Your Kombucha Culture and Starter Tea

how to make kombucha recipe 1 gallon

  1.    When your tea has cooled down add your kombucha mushroom culture along with the starter tea into your brewing vessel.
  2.    Cover with your breathable cover and secure with the rubber band.
  3.    Place in a slightly warm, dark and ventilated place – open closet is good, counter top is also good but make sure it is away from smoke.. so if you burn stuff on the stove a lot, the kitchen might not be the best place :)
  4.    Do a little happy dance!
  5.    Wait 5 to 10 days.  Your kombucha culture might sink or swim.  Either is ok, you also might notice a thin layer growing on top.  If left undisturbed this will be your new kombucha baby!
  6.    After around 5 days, or when you are ready to taste your KT, gently insert a straw underneath the kombucha culture and taste test.  If too sour, then reduce your brewing cycle next time and bottle immediately.  If too sweet, allow to brew for a few more days.  Continue to taste every day or so until you come to a taste that is right for you.  The one thing to mention is that ideally you want you Kombucha PH when you test it to be below 3.0 as this will ensure that the likely hood of pathogens or mold happening is next to none.
  7.    Enjoy! Start off with 2 to 4oz up to 3 times a day (6 to 12 ounces total) in the
    morning,  with meals to help with digestion and at night. Drink plenty of water as it is a natural detoxify-er and you want to flush the newly released toxins out.  A good rule of thumb is drink an equal amount of water with your kombucha.


How Do I Know When The Kombucha Tea Recipe Is Ready To Drink?


The perfect kombucha tea taste: You are looking for a slightly sharp (acidic), not sweet taste. If it is not quite there yet then put the cover back on and leave it for another day or so before tasting again.

The length of brewing time can vary quite a lot but, it is normally between 5 days to 2 weeks though, it can take longer under certain circumstances.

What Are Some Factors That Determine Kombucha Brewing Times?

Here are just some of the many circumstances that affect brewing time and taste.

  • How strong your starter tea was
  • What type of tea was used
  • The time of season
  • The temperature controls
  • The location, of your kombucha vessel
  • How much air circulation your kombucha mushroom scoby has
  • If the kombucha tea was or was not left undisturbed
  • How many Kombucha SCOBYs were placed in the container (more mushroom SCOBYS = faster brewing time)

And just so you know… kombucha tea has several uses beside just drinking it… here’s one of the first videos I have ever done on youtube, check it out!





And there you go, the simple way on how to make organic kombucha tea.  More kombucha recipes and kombucha tea for health tips to follow on our newsletter.  Sign up below and also get your 7 day kombucha mini course.  If you have already signed up, feel free to send this info to a friend or secret lover.



"Thank you so much Dave, for creating this course. My homemade kombucha now tastes even better than the store kind." - Cindy W.



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37 Responses to “Kombucha Recipe | Part 4”

  1. [...] Homemade kombucha tea is an easy way to keep your money and give a healthy boost to your hectic lifestyle. There are many recipes to make homemade kombucha tea, however I have found this one to be the easiest. [...]

  2. lisa says:

    Thanks, Dave, for walking me thru my 1st batch of Kombucha! I'm feeling much more confident as the days g[r]ow by! : )

  3. cheree says:

    Thx 4 the great info. ive been brewing 4 awhile now, but still had a few questions. You answered them. My fav recipe 4 the 2nd fermentation is to add freshly juiced ginger(about a quarter inch in the bottom of the 16 oz bottle, and 3 fresh or frozen raspberries. Gives it a beautiful pink color and the ginger is super healthy 2! i am going 2 explore ur site further. loving the kombucha!

  4. Glenn says:

    Question, when its time to check the ph how do you know if the strip is below 3.0 if there is no color chart to compare it to?

  5. Olenka says:

    My scoby just arrived…it will be a couple of days before I can make the tea.  How do I store my scoby and how long can I store it before I go ahead and make the tea?

  6. Lou says:

    Hi Dave
    I watched this and have tried to make my own – I couldn't find gallon bottles being in a metric society ( New Zealand ) but found a 7 litre glass bottle – do I need to let the brewing time go longer?  it just tastes a bit watery and sweet after 14 days?
    any suggestions, tips would be great. 

  7. Sandy says:

    This is an awesome website great information very well presented, easy to understand

  8. Sandy says:

    I am new at this just made my first brew. What do I do with the new skoby on top??? Do I put them both in the next batch?? 
    Thanks sandy

  9. Hiedi says:

    Love it.  Thanks for answering some of my questions.

  10. Jannie says:

    Hey Dave!  Great site, great kombucha.  I"d sure like more details about the hair tonic tho….how much tea, how much vinegar, how much oatmeal?  Anxious to see if I can really go from grey to….hmmmm, think I'll try red this time around!
    Thanks again Dave.

  11. Katie Cloutier says:

    I really like your class so far.  Thanks Dave for all your tips and tricks thanks so much!!

  12. Ruthy says:

    Dear Dave,
    Amazing video! Very useful! Good stuff for putting in so much effort. I am writing all the way from New Zealand. Have been making Kombucha for a few months and it's so deliciously healthy. Can't wait to grow scobies for all of my friends and family.
    I heard somewhere that if your hair is turning grey before it's time, one of the factors causing this can be that you are lacking particular minerals (I am unsure of which particular ones). Chlorine in the tap water also effects the health of your hair.
    I'm guessing that the awesomeness of Kombutcha helps make/keep your hair strong, to eliminate or lessen all the effects unhealthy things.
    I would like to express my gratitude that people out there such as yourself make such an effort to spread good news about healthy things. I wish your business prosperity!
    Keep up the good work :)
    Peace love and gratitude

  13. Michele says:

    Dave – I’m making the tea (my first time) and as I put the tea bags into the boiling water I realized they had little metal staples… I know you’re not supposed to put metal in kombucha. Will this ruin the batch? Should I start over and open the tea bags to just use the contents?
    Thanks for all this, the site is awesome.

  14. jen says:

    Hi Dave
    just wondering if I can use chaga tea to brew my kombucha

  15. Loved your hair tonic recipe….my husband and could not stop laughing! We will try it!

    Is it possible to buy the aniti-Candida book as a real book and NOT and e-book? thanks Jolly

    • Dave says:

      Hi Jolly! so happy you liked it.. one of my first videos and still one of my favorites! I would contact Linda about the printed version. if she does not have that option available, I would recommend getting the ebook at the reduced price and then using the money saved and going to kinkos and having them create a book for you…

  16. Thanks Dave! I looked on Amazon to see if there is a printed version and there is not. Imagine how much it would cost to go to Kinkos…it is about 3 1/2 hours away from here. That would take all day and a lot of fuel….

    Could you please tell me, before I spend my money, if in her discussions about getting rid of Candida, does she recommend eating meat? Many of those anti Candida recipe books do, and that does not work for me since I don’t eat meat.

    Thanks for you information! -Jolly

  17. Linda says:

    Thanks for all of the help! Is it important that the round “baby” thing be on the bottom or could it be sideways in the middle? (My glass container is shaped oddly)
    Linda (first time Kombuchi maker:))

  18. Marva Hone says:

    Have you tried your shampoo to help grow hair back? My son is in his 30s and is starting to get a little thin on the top of his head. I am going to make your shampoo for myself. I will let you know how it works. love your personality…

  19. seth says:

    hey dave! i have a wonderful recipe/flavor for you to try: Cinnamon apple spice! its so freakin delicious! i used one cinnamon stick per pint, a couple slices of apple (breaburn is my favorite to use) and a tiny pinch of allspice. very light on the allspice :) happy brewing brother

  20. Eileen says:

    Dave, love your course!
    A question: When brewing the kombucha, does light matter? Is there a difference if the kombucha is fermented in a clear glass bottled or a lead-free ceramic container? Should the clear glass be covered or draped to minimize light?

  21. hashh brownies says:

    Nice love the videos and I subscribed to ur YouTube love the ne hair due u shouldent have low delfasteam you cute :) keep up tue good work. Look for me on facebook under my name :) this name HASHH BROWNIES :)

  22. Heidi says:

    I am new to this and starting my first batch. I was following the one gallon recipe and somewhere along the way I realized that perhaps I am supposed to have 2 of the scoby starters. I got mine off a girl at a health food co-op and there was only one. There is at least 1 cup of starter tea in the jar though. Will the 1 gallon recipe work with 1 scoby and 1 cup of starter tea or should I dump (and have to waste) my tea and sugar mixture and start again with just half the recipe? Any quick responses would be greatly appreciated. Not sure how long the tea should sit before adding the scoby and starter liquid. Thanks!

    • Dave says:

      hey! you should be good to go. you only let the brewed tea “sit” until it is cooled to room temp. happy brewin’,
      dave :)

  23. Nuno Morais says:

    Dave, I need to buy a ph meter. Any suggestions? Thks :)

  24. Cheryl says:

    Hair tonic – will probably try. Video of how to make tonic – thoroughly enjoyed and shared (esp the most important part:)

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