Brewing Kombucha at Home

Safety Tips for Brewing Kombucha at Home

Kombucha, also called mushroom tea, has been around for hundreds of years. However, it is only recently that it has become massively popular in western countries. Regular drinkers of Kombucha and probiotic drinks claim they have numerous health benefits such as stimulating the immune system, preventing cancer, improving liver function and aiding weight loss, digestion as well as detoxification. With this long list of purported health benefits, it is no accident that Kombucha has become the popular drink that it is today. As the popularity of the drink has increased so has been the number of people brewing it from their homes. However, home-brewing comes with significant safety problems. Here is a look at some safety tips to help you when brewing Kombucha at home.

Cleanness

Kombucha easily contaminates. It is, therefore, important that its preparation be done in a very clean environment. The vessel used for boiling the water, the spoons used for stirring the tea, the glass containers used for storage and fermentation and any other equipment used in the preparation of the tea should all be very clean. In addition, make sure that your hands are thoroughly cleaned using hot soapy water before you begin preparing the tea.

Smoking

Smoke particles significantly weaken Kombucha culture. You should, therefore, desist from smoking near the area you are preparing the Kombucha from. If possible, don’t smoke at all in the same house you are preparing the tea from.

Storage

Avoid storing jars of fermenting Kombucha in the kitchen as the smoke from burning fats and cooking as well as the millions of germs around are inhospitable to Kombucha. The jars are best stored in a different room devoid of plants, bacteria and germs.

There is no doubt Kombucha is a great drink. However, if you plan to brew it from home, it is important that you adhere to strict safety precautions as unsafe preparations of the brew can lead to excessive build-up of acid in the body and stomach upset.