What people say

Kelsey of Brentwood, CA

...on Water Kefir Grains

“Love that these come fresh and not dried, so I can make kefir right away!”

Jen J. of Fergus Falls, MN

... on the USA Made Stoneware Complete Package

“I love this brewer! It is a beautiful addition to our kitchen, and it makes continuous brewing a snap! We are having a fun adventure brewing Kombucha ourselves, the only problem is keeping our little people out of it until it is ready (a problem I am happy to live with).”

Patience C. from Rhode Island

... on the Kickstarter Kombucha Kit from KKamp

“The kit was great… the scobys where very thick and healthy looking. Everything I needed to get brewing (except the vessel)… the support from Kombucha Kamp is fantastic, as is the forums on KomMunity. I was extremely happy with the kit.”

Rita P. from Minnesota

... on The Brew Now Kit

“The service is excellent, the SCOBY and starter tea made the best kombucha, and Hannah’s special tea blend is delicious.”

Edie from Charleston, SC

... on KKamp's Full Sized Kombucha Culture

“I am so happy to have found Kombucha Kamp. My SCOBY arrived super fast, and I love that it was a fresh one and I didn’t have to spend weeks rehydrating it.”

Bert Seager

... on Continuous Brew

“If you are thinking about brewing your own Kombucha – you need look no farther than this web site – and store. I live in Boston MA as far away from Hannah, the Kombucha Mamma, as you can get in the USA – yet I felt her support every step of the way.”

Jane Park

... on Continuous Brew

“I love seeing my CB kit…makes me feel like I am consciously caring for myself, which I am more convinced now than ever before that women need to do more of. My first batch was really simple, mostly due to really simply laid forth instructions.”

Alysia McDonough

... on Continuous Brew

“I love this continuous kombucha brewer. It is beyond awesome. All you have to do is make the tea and add it to the container and decant from the spigot and repeat. I don’t think it can get any easier.Also everyone loves my kombucha better than the store bought kind.”

Julie Akerman

... on Continuous Brew

“When I first started continuous brewing I was very nervous…but after getting the hang of it..I LOVE IT!!! I love that your brew is always ready to either drink right out of the spigot or to flavor for the second brewing process. The crock is beautiful sitting in my kitchen and there is virtually NO MESS!!!”

Sally Fallon

... on Continuous Brew

“I am set up with your continuous brew jug and making Kombucha again after many years. How much easier than the old method! Thanks for paving the way to getting us all making Kombucha in our kitchens again.”

Kelsey of Brentwood, CA
Jen J. of Fergus Falls, MN
Patience C. from Rhode Island
Rita P. from Minnesota
Edie from Charleston, SC
Bert Seager
Jane Park
Alysia McDonough
Julie Akerman
Sally Fallon

How to Flavor Kombucha Tea

I’m very excited to be bringing you an all new video quick tip on how to flavor Kombucha! I have perfected my Kombucha flavor recipes over my many years of brewing and have made it simple and easy for everyone. These Kombucha flavor recipes can be used by new and experienced Kombucha brewers alike.
How to Flavor Kombucha Tea Tips and Video from KKamp
As you know, Kombucha is an incredibly versatile beverage that can be combined successfully with many different flavors. However, I hear from many new brewers who just aren’t sure what to do when it comes to flavoring Kombucha. Just the same, many long-term brewers tell me they eventually get stuck in a flavor rut.

We all need inspiration sometimes. Variety is the spice, and all that. Why should your Booch be any different?
And keep in mind, these ideas and tips for how to flavor Kombucha work for water kefir, milk kefir, and JUN Tea too!

If you’re already a flavor guru, I hope a couple of my ideas might spark your fancy or tickle your mind. Send us an email with your ideas to inspire fellow readers (and me! I need new ideas too!) with your favorite creations.

Flavoring Kombucha Basics

Kombucha can be flavored with fresh or dried fruit, jams and jellies, dried herbs and flowers, barks, spices, syrups or literally just about anything that sparks your imagination! And there are no real rules, because you have removed the SCOBY and starter liquid for the next batch. So as long as you like the end result, any flavoring will work with Kombucha.

If using a Kombucha Flavoring Packet from KKamp (works with kefir or JUN as well), you will find a suggested amount per 16 oz bottle listed on the label. The amount is small, usually a teaspoon or less. This is because Kombucha is so effective at extracting flavor from whatever you put in the bottle, that not much is needed.

You can combine multiple flavors in the bottle, and then pour the Kombucha on top. Seal the bottle and allow carbonation to build during the second fermentation. This process may take 1-3 days, or longer depending on your brewing environment. As long as you leave it at room temperature, the Kombucha will continue to ferment in the bottle.

Flavoring Kombucha in the Bottle

In this video, I demonstrate and explain:

  • how to flavor your Kombucha
  • ideas to spark your flavor imagination
  • a secret for increased carbonation
  • safety tips to prevent bottle explosions
  • blending other beverages with your Continuous Brewed Kombucha
  • mixing kombucha into drinks for hangover prevention

The best Kombucha Flavoring recipe starts with organic, high quality ingredients from KKamp

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Kombucha Flavoring & Bottling Safety

If not paying attention, small explosions can occur with the bottles. This is more likely if there is too much flavoring used or it is very hot, such as in Summer. To prevent explosions, burp the bottles by opening the caps slightly during the flavoring process (aka “second fermentation”) and allowing carbonation to escape. For more tips, visit this post: Bottling Kombucha Tea, Jun, Water Kefir and Milk Kefir Safely

How to Make Your Own Kombucha Flavor Recipe

How to Flavor Kombucha with Hannah Crum, The Kombucha Mamma [VIDEO Tip]Perhaps my favorite Kombucha flavorings recipe was inspired by ginger ale: a little bit of dried ginger can be added to the Kombucha for an extra kick. Ginger also increases carbonation in the Kombucha. Lemons and berries are also great additions to Kombucha. Elderberries and Goji berries are two of my favorite berry flavorings for Kombucha. Add frozen berries during cooler months. Some other seasonal Kombucha flavorings you should consider trying are:

  • Spring – Elderberries, lemon, and rose petals
  • Summer – Wine spritzer
  • Fall – Ginger, lavender
  • Winter – Frozen berries

One of the most delicious ways I’ve discovered to flavor Kombucha is with champagne or wine for a fun spritzer during hot summer months.

Check out this post for even MORE Kombucha flavoring ideas!

How to Flavor Kombucha in Batches:
Large Vessel Second Fermentation

For most people, the convenient way to flavor Kombucha is in the bottle. This is because you may only have a few bottles to flavor at a time. Also flavoring in each bottle allows you to create more variety, which many home brewers prefer. But there is another way to flavor Kombucha that might be the right fit for some people, and that’s flavoring in the brewing vessel or another vessel such as a gallon jar.

How To Flavor Kombucha Tea in Large Batches from KKamp

However, we NEVER recommend adding flavorings to the brew with the SCOBY. That is not how to flavor Kombucha successfully! Instead, this process is done AFTER the SCOBY and starter liquid have been removed for the next batch. By taking out the SCOBYs and placing them in a Hotel or other vessel, and then taking starter liquid from the top of the brew, we have protected the ingredients for the next batch. Then you can then add whatever you want to the remaining Kombucha in the vessel.

Then either cover with the cloth again or use a hard lid if you have one. Give the brew another 1-3 days in the vessel to extract the flavor and then bottle. After bottling, the brewing vessel will need a cleaning with soap and water to remove any flavoring residue. Rinse very clean!

Note: If you are doing Kombucha Continuous Brew (vs Batch Brew), simply use the spigot to fill up a gallon jar or other vessel. Add the flavors and strain after 1-3 days.

Straining Kombucha Flavorings to Extend Shelf Life

Another advantage of this method is that you can strain the flavors from the Kombucha as you bottle. This is not a requirement because the low pH of the Kombucha will not allow any mold or other contamination to occur with the fruit/flower pieces. That said, removing the flavorings will maintain the flavor of the Kombucha in the bottle longer than leaving them in as eventually they will degrade and mix into the bottle, potentially causing off flavors. Normally we strain ours out to extend the life but it is more work.

Kombucha is fun to brew, fun to drink and fun to flavor. Get creative!

How To Flavor Kombucha mini-FAQ

Can I flavor the second ferment with tisanes or fruity teas?
Yes you can flavor with literally anything that creates a beverage you enjoy. If you like it, try it!

Can I eat the flavorings after they have been in the Kombucha?
Yes! They may or may not taste good, the Kombucha takes a lot of the nutrients out, but give them a try!

How much flavoring should I add to Kombucha?
A little goes a long way. Start with a teaspoon or so per 16oz bottle and see if more or less creates the best flavor for you.

How long should I second ferment the Kombucha?
1-3 days is the average but you might let it go longer depending on carbonation and flavor.

How long will the Kombucha stay good in the bottle?
Kombucha never “spoils” but it may get too sour to enjoy. Also flavorings left in the bottle for a long time can negatively influence the flavor. But as long as you enjoy the taste and no mold appears, Kombucha can be stored at room temperature indefinitely.

How to Flavor Kombucha  with organic ingredients from KKamp


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