It wasn’t love at first site. In fact, upon our first encounter I was a bit skeeved out. I know it’s superficial… but it looks weird. The top of the bottle looks fine… inviting even. But then you notice it. That unsightly thing hanging out at the bottom of the bottle. You know what I’m talkin’ about… that
loogey ooey, gooey, creepy thing.
The name is strange, too. Kombucha. Kom-bu-cha. Doesn’t sound like any word that I know. And it doesn’t even sound like an exotic foreign word. Just sounds strange… like someone trying to scare you and a sneeze all rolled up into one. Who came up with that?
And then there’s the price. I mean, seriously? You want me to pay $4 for a beverage that I can only drink half of because I’m afraid of the thing at the bottom making it’s way to the top and sliding down my throat? How ’bout I give you an even $5 and someone takes that thing out? Clearly this is a joke.
But I gave kombucha a chance… because I’m like that… open and accepting (bahaaahaaaaaaaaaaaa– I’m totally not). I don’t know why I tried it. I really don’t. It seemed to have everything working against it: creepy, floaty thing; weird name; and ridiculous price. But I did. And there was no turning back. What was done could never be undone. I swear I heard Etta James singing “At laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaast my love has come along.” Pinky swear.
At $4 a bottle, though, our relationship began slowly. We’d see each other once a week or so. And then, we started to get more serious. I started making more frequent trips to the store… making up reasons to go to the store (like, “oh… I only have 3 blocks of Kerrygold in the fridge… better run to the store!”) and each time I’d return with kombucha. I was hooked. I couldn’t live without it…
What’s a girl to do? I was faced with a tough decision: take out a second mortgage on my house to finance my kombucha habit or make it myself.
So I began to research how kombucha and I could live happily ever after without incurring financial ruin. Basically, there are two methods for brewing kombucha: batch brewing and continuous brewing. Batch brewing sounded like it was going to require more maintenance than I wanted to take on. The continuous brewing system sounded like the best match for a low maintenance girl like myself. The price of the continuous brewing system made me hesitate. But, in the end, I knew there could be no other way… kombucha and I had to be together…
When the package arrived I was beyond giddy. I was. But then I panicked. I thought, it can’t possibly be this easy. It can’t be. I’m going to mess it up. I crossed my fingers and held my breath throughout the initial 10 day brewing cycle. I was certain that I was going to meet with failure and that my dreams of a lifetime with kombucha were going to crash and burn. And then I tasted it. And it tasted like… kombucha! It was warm… and not quite as fizzy as the GT’s Kombucha I’d been purchasing… but it was kombucha! And it was good! Success!
Kombucha and I are tight. I can have my daily fix without tapping into my kids’ college funds or my 401K. I have a constant supply and life is good. We will live happily ever after… I just know it. We are our own fairytale… possibly the inspiration for the next great Disney movie. Hey, ya never know.
1. The brewing system was unbelievably easy to set up. The only maintenance required is to refill the brewer with a tea/sugar solution each time you bottle a batch. The solution requires you to boil water, steep tea, and dissolve sugar (the SCOBY eats the sugar). No big deal.
2. Since each successive brewing cycle (after the initial) only takes about 2 days, I have a constant supply of kombucha. And it is awesome. Think improved quality of life…. this will bump you up a couple of notches. You can fill a glass right from the spigot on the brewer, or you can bottle it up. We do both.
3. When you bottle it up, you can flavor it however you prefer (we use ginger, goji berry, hibiscus, and ginger/goji berry if we feel especially wild). If you let the bottles sit for a couple more days they go through a second fermentation and develop a bit more fizz.
4. It’s not just the taste. Kombucha has lots of health benefits. For those of you that are into that kinda thing.
If you are considering purchasing a continuous brewing system… DO IT! It couldn’t be easier. And for super minimal effort… you reap a super huge reward.