If you’ve ever drank Kombucha, you’re undoubtedly familiar with the mushroom-like blob known as a SCOBY. Its name is an acronym for “Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast,” which triggers the fermentation process that gives Kombucha its fizzy texture and probiotic properties. It’s said that these probiotic bacteria play a key role in the tea’s believed health benefits, such as improved digestion and stronger immunity.
How it works?
The bacteria and yeast in the SCOBY break down the tea’s sugars and converts them into alcohol, carbon dioxide and acids.
The result is a fizzy product with a tangy, sweet and vinegar-like taste. Its specific flavours differ on how long it’s left to ferment, the type of tea used and the addition of other ingredients like fruit, juice or herbs.
Fermentation also increases the concentration of probiotics — a type of beneficial bacteria in your gut with many positive health effects.
Choosing the Right SCOBY
If you’re interested in brewing your own Kombucha, obtaining a SCOBY is the first step. Be sure to look for an organic SCOBY from a reputable retailer to reduce the risk of pesticide exposure and ensure product quality.
How to Make your Own SCOBY
A SCOBY is a naturally occurring part of the fermenting process meaning that each time you ferment Kombucha, you will involuntarily (although purposefully) make a new little SCOBY blob. After the fermentation process is done, the SCOBY will appear floating on the surface.
Making or buying your own SCOBY allows you to brew your own Kombucha, giving you constant access to a probiotic-rich, refreshing treat.
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