Goldfinch Kombucha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sugar & Tea

Q: Do I have to use green tea?
A: No, but you have to use real tea from the tea plant, camellia sinensis. That means white, green, black, oolong, pu-erh.

Q: What tea is best to use?
A: Many professionals recommend a tea solution of both black and green tea, but it's your palate we're trying to please. The pigments in black tea will darken the SCOBY. For that cosmetic reason alone, we've included only green tea in the DIY kit.

Q: Can I use decaffeinated tea?
A:  Yes.  Decaf white, green, black, oolong or pu-erh.

Q:  Can I use herbal teas?
A:  You can experiment with herbal teas knowing that they might kill your SCOBY.  Herbals aren’t from the tea plant, camellia sinensis.  They’re plants, flowers, extracts, oils, fruit, etc. that is steeped in water.  Some of the ingredients in herbal teas may damage or kill your SCOBY.  That doesn’t, however, mean that you should avoid herbals if you like them.  Just don’t damage your only SCOBY.  They grow quickly enough, so after a few batches, you’ll likely have an extra SCOBY or two to experiment with.

Q: I don't want to consume a lot of sugar. Is the sugar necessary?
A: Yes. The sugar is part of the nutrient solution that feeds the yeasts surrounding the SCOBY. If you were to leave the solution for an extended period, eventually all of the fermentable sugar would be metabolized by the yeasts. How long this takes depends on the size of the SCOBY and the amount of sugar you added initially to the tea. If you're looking for a dryer(less sweet) kombucha, experiment with adding a little less sugar or allow the fermentation time to extend.

Q: Sugar vs. honey vs. agave nectar vs. any other sweetener. What's the difference?
A: Stick with the sugar. Remember, the sugar is for the nutrient solution. The nuances and arguable health benefits of various sweeteners will likely change or be eliminated before the kombucha fermentation is final. Also, many of the volatile oils in honey, for example, can alter and potentially damage the SCOBY in the long run. If you choose to experiment with a variety of sweeteners, be sure to keep a healthy SCOBY on the side, just in case.