What you need:

  • 12 cups water, purified and chlorine-free, divided
  • 6 to 8 tea bags (or 3 to 4 Tbsp loose-leaf tea)
  • 1 cup cane sugar
  • 1 gallon glass jar, sterilized
  • 1 SCOBY
  • 1 to 2 cups starter liquid (unflavored kombucha from a previous batch or purchased starter liquid)
  • 1 cheesecloth
  • rubber band
  • whole fruit, fruit juice, flowers or herbs, to taste

Tip: Keep everything (including your hands) as clean as possible. You are culturing bacteria, but introducing harmful bacteria to your kombucha can make you sick – and make your kombucha taste funky.