Like many people, the first Kombucha we ever tried was GT’s. This was 2004, so there weren’t a lot of brands on the shelf. In fact, it might have been the only one that fateful day at Whole Foods in Westwood.
In the same way, your brew will taste unique to your process. But if you’ve ever thought about trying to copycat GT Kombucha flavors at home, here’s a few tips.
Who is GT?
In case you’re not familiar, GT’s Kombucha is the market leader for commercial Kombucha. In fact, GT Dave started the whole category. For a long time, there were only a few brands around.
Even today, with so many new brands appearing all the time, GT’s and Synergy Kombucha (see more about that below) dominate the marketplace. Fans are very loyal to their favorite GT’s flavors. And for good reason, he makes delicious Kombucha!
Which GT’s Kombucha Brand Are You Trying to Copycat?
There are 2 “brands” by GT – the regular GT’s Kombucha and GT’s Synergy. As it says on their website:… Continue Reading
Kombucha sourdough is deliciously tangy, easy to make, and a great way to use extra yeast from your brew! Rather than throw them away, collect the brown strings of Kombucha yeast and we’ll show you how to make sourdough from Kombucha.
Yeast are a crucial component of Kombucha. They are the “Y” in Kombucha SCOBY! There could be no bubbles without the yeast. Plus they provide nutrition to us in the form of B vitamins.
But if left unmanaged, the yeast will overproduce and dominate. This throws the brew out of balance, which can lead to bad flavors or even mold.
The creamy, refreshing flavor of root beer is delicious with all your home fermented beverages. While many recipes call for a long list of obscure homemade root beer ingredients, we find that using just a handful is enough to make a delicious water kefir root beer or Kombucha root beer.
The same dry root beer flavorings can be premade into a powder, or even used to create a root beer syrup.
Start with the suggested amounts below, then add more or less of each root beer ingredient to fit your own taste preference.
When added to Kombucha, the root beer flavorings offset the sour bite, with vanilla oils helping to mute the tang.
Despite it’s whimsical place in American culture, traditionally root beer was an ancient remedy of Native Americans, going back many hundreds of years to pre-colonial days. They used the beverage to treat a variety of ailments including colds, coughs, and ringworm, to strengthen the blood, and also as an aphrodisiac!… Continue Reading
When it comes to flexibility, Kombucha is pretty amazing. We enjoy it with breakfast, lunch, or dinner, with snacks or on its own, before working out or after, with savory or sweet flavors, mixed into a cocktail; there’s literally no end to the combinations and possibilities! Now Hard Kombucha, that is Kombucha with higher alcohol levels that can produce a buzz, is becoming more and more popular.
And why not! Combining the flavor of Kombucha with beers or wines, as well as adding the anti-hangover effect right to your drink, makes Hard Kombucha a fun and functional choice for all kinds of drinkers. Whether it’s St. Paddy’s Day or any time of year, trying these Hard Kombucha beers and blends should be on your list!
St. Patrick’s Day Facts
Where did St. Patrick’s Day come from? It was originally established as a guilt-free feasting (and drinking) binge day during Lent.
Why do we wear green on St. Paddy’s? The official color of Ireland used to be blue, until the soldiers of the Irish Rebellion donned green uniforms to battle the red-coated Brits.
And the Pinching? Those not wearing green on St. Paddy’s are vulnerable to the leprechaun, and getting pinched is your reminder!
All Kombucha has trace amounts of alcohol. This is a normal part of the fermentation process. But usually, the yeast and bacteria present keep the levels low. With Hard Kombucha, we add different yeasts that will drive those alcohol levels up.… Continue Reading