How to Make Homemade Kombucha Recipe 1 Gallon

Learn how to make 1 gallon homemade kombucha .

It is really not too hard to master the art of kombucha making.

Just a few ingredients along with a little patience and time to make the perfect kombucha every time. Last week I taught you how to grow a kombucha scoby from a bottle.  Once you have a scoby, you can then start making homemade kombucha for very little cost.

How to Make Homemade Kombucha

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Ingredients for 1 gallon kombucha recipe

1 Scoby purchased or grow komucha scoby from a bottle
1 Cup sugar
3.5 Quarts of water
5 Organic black tea bags (can use green tea, but not the first batch)
1 Gallon Jar to store kombucha
Glass bottles for storage
2 Cups brewed Kombucha

Directions how to make kombucha recipe 1 gallon

Making homemade kombucha is really easy if you follow these steps. First everything must be sanitized. I cannot stress this enough. When dealing with fermenting anything it is crucial every piece is clean and sanitized. Wash your hands and all equipment used before you begin. I like to run everything through my dishwasher before I make and bottle. My husband and I brew our own beer and make our own wine. So we are very familiar with making sure everything is super clean and sanitized.

Now on to making the lovely kombucha. First measure out 3.5 quarts of water and place in a pot on the stove. Heat the water until boiling. Some people insist on using distilled water. Boiling filtered water from our fridge has worked perfect for me, and I have been making this for nearly a year. So need to add to the cost of making your own brew.

Next turn off the heat and add 1 cup of sugar. Stir the sugar until it is completely dissolved. Then add 5 organic black tea bags. This is the brand I use and for the first fermentation from your homemade scoby you should use black tea for a strong brew. Cover the pot so not much water escapes. After you have brewed the kombucha you can then use a combination of black and green tea. But you should have at least a 3 black tea and 2 green for later brews.

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This is one of the most difficult parts, waiting for the tea to cool. It must cool to room temperature before adding the scoby. If not you risk damaging your precious scoby you grew from scratch.  Once it is completely cooled, pour the tea into the clean 1 gallon jar and add 2 cups of your previous brew. Then add the homemade scoby to the top.

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Store in the 1 gallon glass jar with a cloth covered lid with a rubber band. This allows the kombucha to breathe without getting any additional bacteria or fruit flies in your brew. Store in a dark closet that remains cool through out the day and someplace no one will touch it. It needs to remain still to grow the scoby and create the bubbles. I use my closet under the stairs, since no one ever goes in there.

Allow to brew for at least 7 days. It may take 10-12 depending on the temperature in your home. During the winter months, I allow a little longer brew. Right now 8 days is the perfect time for the flavor and creating the carbonation . With the first batch you may need to let it go a little longer too.

make homemade kombucha with homemade scoby

Here you can see all three scobys. The little baby one from the bottle is on the top, then the one from the jar and lastly the large one  is from the gallon jar we just made. So you can grow a scoby from a bottle, to start your homemade kombucha process. The entire process takes a little over three weeks to have a viable scoby and make your first batch of homemade kombucha.

Make Homemade Kombucha 1 gallon

How to Make Homemade Kombucha like a pro
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How to Make Homemade Kombucha Recipe 1 Gallon

This kombucha recipe has easy instructions for kombucha recipe 1 gallon. Learn how grow your own scoby to make 2 cups starter for a gallon recipe.

Course Drinks
Cuisine Drink
Keyword kombucha recipe, kombucha recipe 1 gallon
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 1 gallon
Author Amy Greene

Ingredients

  • 1 Scoby purchased or grow komucha scoby from a bottle
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 3.5 Quarts of water
  • 5 Organic black tea bags can use green tea, but not the first batch
  • 1 Gallon Jar to store kombucha
  • Glass bottles for storage
  • 2 Cups brewed Kombucha

Instructions

  1. Making homemade kombucha is really easy if you follow these steps. First everything must be sanitized. I cannot stress this enough. When dealing with fermenting anything it is crucial every piece is clean and sanitized. Wash your hands and all equipment used before you begin. I like to run everything through my dishwasher before I make and bottle. My husband and I brew our own beer and make our own wine. So we are very familiar with making sure everything is super clean and sanitized.
  2. Now on to making the lovely kombucha. First measure out 3.5 quarts of water and place in a pot on the stove. Heat the water until boiling. Some people insist on using distilled water. Boiling filtered water from our fridge has worked perfect for me, and I have been making this for nearly a year. So need to add to the cost of making your own brew.
  3. Next turn off the heat and add 1 cup of sugar. Stir the sugar until it is completely dissolved. Then add 5 organic black tea bags. This is the brand I use and for the first fermentation from your homemade scoby you should use black tea for a strong brew. After you have brewed the kombucha you can then use a combination of black and green tea. But you should have at least a 3 black tea and 2 green for later brews.
  4. This is one of the most difficult parts, waiting for the tea to cool. It must cool to room temperature before adding the scoby. If not you risk damaging your precious scoby you grew from scratch or possibly purchased. Once it is completely cooled, pour the tea into the clean 1 gallon jar and add 2 cups of your previous brew. Then add the scoby to the top.
  5. Store in the 1 gallon glass jar with a cloth covered lid with a rubber band. This allows the kombucha to breathe without getting any additional bacteria or fruit flies in your brew. Store in a dark closet that remains cool through out the day and someplace no one will touch it. It needs to remain still to grow the scoby and create the bubbles. I use my closet under the stairs, since no one ever goes in there.
  6. Allow to brew for at least 7 days. It may take 10-12 depending on the temperature in your home. During the winter months, I allow a little longer brew. Right now 8 days is the perfect time for the flavor and creating the carbonation. With the first batch you may need to let it go a little longer too.

Troubleshooting making kombucha

How to Make Homemade Kombucha like a pro

If you ever see green or gray spots, your scoby has developed a mold. Discard it all and start over. You can tell it is mold, since it will not be glossy. The mold is dull and fuzzy. Once you have established several healthy batches we can talk about making a scoby hotel for them to hang out in, in case you have a contaminated batch. Then you will not have to start from scratch.

When working and measuring out ingredients, make sure all your cups and funnels are also sterile. I use a glass measuring cup for measuring the two cups of fermented kombucha to add to the freshly brewed tea. It is recommended to use plastic funnel rather than a metal one. The final chapter of this series is bottling and flavoring your homemade kombucha.

I can’t wait to hear your successes with making homemade kombucha.

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  5. I am a kombucha brewing newbie and have a couple questions. First, when brewing tea for the 1 gallon step, do you leave the teabags in the water until it is cooled or take them out after around 5 minutes—like brewing regular tea? Second, how do you make a second batch–cut off a chunk of the big SCOBY?

    • Thanks for your question Jan. I leave my teabags in. I am not sure what the protocol is, but usually I am busy and forget about them. For the second batch, just put the entire scoby back in there. A new layer will grow on top of the old one. Sometimes they stick together and that is ok. If not, start a scoby hotel and keep them in case you have a batch and need to start over.

  6. Good morning, question, when making first batch in gallon do you put the quart scobbie in the gallon container? And then how do you keep this prosess going? Do you grow another scobbie in the quart?, I’m so confused, thank you in advance for direction.