Last fall, Kombucha Brooklyn sent me a kit so that I could make my own tasty brew at home. I was a crazy kombucha brewin’ fool after that, making all different flavors including blueberry, strawberry and raspberry. When we packed up our house to move last spring, my beloved kombucha jar was packed up and the scobys were tossed from my fridge, and I haven’t brewed a batch since. Kombucha Brooklyn was nice enough to reach out to me this winter and offered to send me a 1/2 gallon kit:
As if getting this kit wasn’t awesome enough, they also included a copy of their new book, Kombucha! The book was written by the founders of Kombucha Brooklyn, Eric and Jessica Childs. It includes a forward by Brenden Brazier, who is a renowned vegan athlete. I loved reading through Kombucha and all about the history of the brew, what exactly a scoby is, and the many health benefits that kombucha has. For instance, did you know that kombucha can help relieve acne, headaches, PMS and anxiety (just to name a few!)? Reading this book will teach you the “art” of brewing the perfect batch of kombucha including the best tools to use and when to bottle your batch.
Besides that, the book includes tons of unique and tasty recipes to eat and drink and health and beauty “recipes” for your skin! The food recipes include things like mustard, soups and delicious sides- even kombucha apple pie! There’s also a variety of tasty cocktail recipes. Kombucha also works as a great ingredient for cosmetic “recipes” like a clay face mask (which I’ve made before and love!), a detox bath and even a body mist.
I made my first batch of kombucha in my next kit early last week, and it will probably be ready to drink in a few days. Here’s what the kit includes:
As you can see, it doesn’t take a ton of crazy ingredients to brew your own kombucha! all you need is tea, sugar, a scoby and a jar to brew it in. The directions are right on the box and couldn’t be easier to follow. Basically, you boil water, add tea and let it steep (while the water cools down), mix in the sugar, pour the tea into a jar and add this magic ingredient: your scoby!
When it’s all mixed up, cover the jar with a cloth, set it in an area away from direct sunlight (mine’s in my pantry) and let it brew!
You can read more details on the brewing process in my first kombucha post. Most of the batches of ‘buch that I brewed in the past were ready in about 10-12 days. I’ll start tasting this on it’s 10th day to see if it’s ready and go from there. I’ve got a few days to go, but promise to come back and report about how it turns out!
Now, about that giveaway…
Kombucha Brooklyn has offered to give one very lucky reader a half gallon kombucha kit and a copy of the book Kombucha- just like the ones shown here:
You’ll save tons of money by brewing your own kombucha and you’ll make the tastiest brew you’ve ever had!
Leave a comment below telling me why you’d want to win- it’s as simple as that!
For up to two additional entries:
- Follow @KombuchaBK on Twitter
- Tweet about the giveaway by copying and pasting the following text: Like kombucha? Enter to win your own kit and awesome book from @KombuchaBK here: http://wp.me/p2oUXk-3sP
(be sure to leave a comment for each additional entry!)
Entries will be accepted until Sunday, January 26 @ 8pm EST and announced the following day on the blog. Giveaway open to US residents only.