Winter Brewing Tips

As the weather turns colder, our brewing habits may need to change due to lower temperatures.

Winter Brewing Tips

  • add a couple of days to adjust brewing cycle to the cooler weather
  • move brewing vessels to a warmer spot in the house
  • if your house gets particularly cold, you may want to try a heating pad
  • you can also wrap a towel around your vessel for added insulation

Suggested Winter Flavors

  • elderflower – elderflower tea or elderberries boost upper respiratory immunity – great for cold season
  • cranberry – makes a beautiful deep red colored brew with a crisp, sparkly body, high in vitamin C
  • goji berry – extra antioxidants from goji berries improve cold fighting abilities
  • ginger – makes a dry, beer like flavor that pairs nicely with any meal, plus it wards off viruses

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Responses to Winter Brewing Tips

    • Yes – I do put flowers right into the bottle – they boost the flavor, but you may want to strain them as you pour into the glass otherwise they all end up in your mouth.

    • Just as in summer, when the temperature is higher, Kombucha will ferment faster. Try tasting it sooner (shorten the brewing cycle) or moving it farther away from the heat source.

  1. […] into the tea initially, kombucha grows best at around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. After reading about ways to keep kombucha warm in winter and having a limited budget and limited materials to begin with, I settled upon a little system […]

  2. I have a heater for my 2.5 gallon vessel to keep brew temp above 70. I’m doing continuous brewing so does the heater need to be on all the time? Daytime temps are ok without a heater but nights are too cold right now. We are off grid solar so we try to minimize the power consumption. Any thoughts on leaving it on only at night? Any other suggestions?

  3. Hi Hannah, I live in Maine and obviously it gets cold in the winter here. I’m brewing my first batch and since we keep the house fairly cold, I keep my brewing Kombucha in a room w/ the door closed with a space heater at 69. I like my Kombucha on the tart side so how long do I need to wait for it to be done? It’s day five now and I tested the Ph an it was at 3.2. Thanks Hannah.

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