Kombucha 2nd Ferment: Flavoring & Carbonating
So you have tasted your kombucha and it is the right amount of tart and the right amount of sweet for you. What's next? Flavoring & carbonating. My kombucha first ferment is usually done in about 7 days but your time will vary depending on your climate & temperature in your house as well as your personal tastes. Here are the steps I use:
- Wash your hands thoroughly and sanitize all your bottles & utensils. Remove your SCOBY and place in a sterilized bowl.
- Stir your kombucha to evenly distribute all the yeasty bits.
- Pour Into grolsch style flip top bottles. You want to use strong bottles that can withstand carbonation. Do not use dollar store type bottles. Fill to the below the neck.
- Add your fruit of choice. I have used raspberries, pineapple, blueberries, mango - the possibilities are endless.
- You want enough headspace so that your liquid level is about mid neck. If you fill too full you risk the bottles blowing.
- Leave on the counter or in your pantry for another few days. You will want to taste it after 2-3 days. If it tastes good to you- tart but yet sweet - and is carbonated to your satisfaction, its time to refrigerate.
- Place bottles in the refrigerator and they are ready to drink!
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