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A pot of water on the stove with tea bags for kombucha

How to make homemade kombucha

How to start your first kombucha brew from scratch- this kombucha tea recipe has the ingredients for one gallon but includes notes for you to make any size brew of kombucha you want!

Keyword dairy free, gluten free, healthy, organic, paleo, probiotic, tea
Prep Time 10 minutes


  • 1 gallon filtered water
  • 1/2 cup black tea
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 kombucha scoby


  1. Bring water to a boil over high heat, then turn off the heat.

  2. Stir in sugar. (One cup of sugar for every one gallon of water.)

  3. Add your black tea (half a cup -or eight tea bags- per gallon of water), let steep for 5-10 minutes.

  4. Strain and compost the tea.

  5. Let the tea cool til warm or room temperature.

  6. Pour the tea into your jar, and add in the scoby.

  7. Cover your jar with either a washcloth or coffee filter, secure with rubber band.

  8. Put your brew somewhere out of direct sunlight. Let the kombucha sit for between 5-10 days, tasting regularly, until done.

Recipe Notes

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