Now that you’re up to speed on my
issues infatuation, let me give you an update on how me and my CB (continuous brew) system have been getting along. Let me sum it up with this: BEST PURCHASE EVER! It was a bit of an investment, but I am soooooo glad that I bought it!
I know, I know… you can totally brew kombucha on the cheap. You can grow your on SCOBY and brew in small batches (just Google it) and you don’t need to buy this set up that I bought. Check out this great DIY guide and recipe. But, let me tell you why I bit the bullet and ponied up my cash for the CB system:
- It’s way cheaper. If you are someone who is forking over 4 bucks per bottle at the store (like I was), you will now be paying pennies for a bottle. Literally pennies. I’ve almost paid for the system with the money I’ve saved in the two months that I’ve been brewing my own. Saving $4 or more (depending on how much you drink) per day adds up pretty darn fast.
- We drink a lot of kombucha. A lot. In addition to my personal kombucha obsession, my husband and 2 out of my 3 kids are also hooked. (My 4 year old is the only hold out. She doesn’t like “boocha”, (as she calls it). I don’t think I could keep up with the demand. With this method, I can bottle a gallon (that’d be 8 16 oz. bottles) every 2 days. That gives us each 1 bottle per day.
- I am a freak about clutter. I can barely tolerate the things that I must have sitting on my counter. If you add to that a bunch of random bottles from batch brewing, I might just lose my mind. Seriously. The CB system is neat and tidy. (Note: I wish I had ordered the brewing tee to cover up heat strip.)
- It is super easy. Can you boil water? That’s literally the only skill you need. Well, I take that back. You also need to be able to pour your gallon of tea into the brewer without making a mess. This happened to me once (ie: not being careful when pouring into the brewer)… but it need not happen to you. Take the extra 2 seconds to pour carefully.
- Great customer service. Hannah (of Kombucha Kamp) will answer any questions that you might have about kombucha or brewing. I emailed her a couple of times before I purchased and she answered promptly on each occassion. Her site is a wealth of information.
Do you brew your own? What are you waiting for? Get after it… you can boil water, right?