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  • Get Your Tap On

     

    DSC_5692 Our keg program has always been a favorite of mine.  The idea of a refillable, reusable option in a world so dominated by single use is good. Yin and Yang. Balance.  Its what makes the world an ok place to live.

     

    Kombucha on tap is no longer a specialty thing.  In New York City it is becoming a more normal option and 9 times out of 10 it is KBBK on the lines. Starting the year our tap list had 29 accounts, and in February we joined forces with Phoenix/Beehive.  They are one of the nations largest beer distributors and the exclusive right holders to brands like Guinness, Heineken and Brooklyn beer – to add Kombucha Brooklyn to that list was an honor.  It’s also been a pacesetter.  New accounts are opening weekly.  Most recently we went on tap at Google offices in downtown Manhattan.  Our single line of ‘buch is feeding the 3000 hard working Googlers while they create the next Gmail.  Cool right? New accounts you will have access to so far are Rosamunde, Dassara, and The Sampler Bushwick.

     

    Where next? Well, you tell us.  We are trying to open new accounts in our most kombucha krazed areas like Williamsburg and Greenpoint. We are also trying to open new accounts in more ‘buch nubey territory like Manhattan,  Queens, and Upstate New York.  If you have a place you think perfect, send us a line.  If we actually get that line, we will hook you up with a custom growler that you can use to refill over and over again.  Even more cool right?!

     

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    Be on the lookout for these badass new tap pulls.  They were handmade right here in Brooklyn.  The wood was 200 year old wood from a Tribeca loft that was spun in to unique shapes by local artist Guy Nelson.  The leather KBBK diamonds were hand cut and painted by local leather smith Freddie Matara.  Combined these beauties will be paving the way for the best kombucha we have to offer.  If you see one, shout it out on Twitter or Facebook. We would be happy to thank you with a free pint at one of our markets or at our Lab.

     

    Cheers to kombucha on tap!

  • Pomegranate-Kombucha Apple Sauce

    Afternoon y'alls! It's been blowing a two-foot-deep tundra sideways here, and it's time to offset this bone biting chill with some GOOD FOOD! So lets get started on some mind blowing Pomegranate-Kombucha Apple Sauce, perfect with cracked oatmeal and homemade yogurt.

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    Time required: 3-4 Hours (pot watching mostly)

    Other requirements: Pomegranate-Kombucha (see below)

    Difficulty: Easy / Medium

     

    Note- you can start your apple sauce with the pomegranate kombucha first, and then add the caramel later when you've finished it. This may shorten the time required.

    Ingredients:

    • 12-15 Apples, preferably Honey Crisps
    • 2 Cups of Pomegranate-Kombucha (optional until you try it with. :)
    • 1 Cup White Sugar
    • 3 Cups Water
    • 1 tsp (teaspoon) Salt
    • 1 tbsp Cinnamon
    • 1 tbsp Ground ginger
    • 1 tbsp Allspice
    • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
    •  1/2 tsp clove
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    Instructions:

     

    Pomegranate-Kombucha: Makes  2 Quarts +

    Follow our instructions here for 1/2 Gallon our Basic, Straight-Up Kombucha.

    Depending on your judgement on their flavor, and final amount of juice, add either 1.6 fluid ounces of Pomegranate Concentrate (found at health food stores, organic is best) OR  juice from a freshly squeezed pomegranate, to your now finished kombucha. Reserve 2 cups of Pom-'Buch for this recipe.

     

    Caramel Syrup: Read through before starting

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    • Please: take any and all necessary precaution with any syrup production, as this stuff gets really hot.
    • Add 1 cup of sugar to a (very important) SQUEAKY CLEAN and DRY sauce pot.
    • Boil 2 Cups water in a kettle or separate pot while you ...
    • Turn heat to Med-High, and let your sugar start to melt.
    • Once your sugar melts, with a metal whisk (or spoon as I forgot mine), whisk any left over sugar clumps to make a uniform syrup.
    • You will now cook the syrup until it goes a medium orange / brown, and then turn off the heat so that after cooling, your syrup will be a lovely and deep caramel color.
    • As its still bubbling and cooling off, add your 2 Cups of boiling water all at once and WHISK! Beware: this is hot enough to scald you so be careful! Do not add the water too slowly because the sugar will vaporize a small amount of water and splatter it on you, where as if it all goes in at once, it will cool down the sugar much quicker and make this a safer operation.
    • Did you do it? Well Done! Pat yourself on the back. Now onto..

    The Apple Sauce

    • Quickly rinse and peel any stickers off your Apples, then pat dry with a cloth.
    • Cut the Apples in half vertically, then vertically half again.
    • with a small pairing knife, core out the quarter slices.DSC_5366
    • Small dice your apples.
    • Place your Apple dice into a pot with at least 2-3 inches space at the top.
    • Add all your spices and salt, Caramel Syrup, and 2 Cups of Pomegranate Kombucha to the pot and give a good stir.
    • Cook on Medium Heat until soft, then low for as long as it takes to cook the residual liquid off.

     

    You've finished your Pomegranate-Kombucha Apple Sauce! Well done. I love it on its own, or as pictured above on top of cracked oatmeal porridge with a dollop of yogurt and sliced apple.

    -Will Donnelly

     

  • Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sale!

    Brewing kombucha reminds us to find and appreciate our center. You can brew healthy, probiotic-rich kombucha that rivals your favorite store-bought drinks in just a week; you can share cultures, brews and stories, all in the comfort of your own home.

     

    So, in the spirit of the season, load up on brew supplies for yourself, friends and family, get everyone brewing, and see who can make the best kombucha around!

     

    The Details:

    • 10% off everything on our site
    • Purchases of $75+ receive a FREE tin of special edition 'buch brewing tea (Holy Diver)

    Holy Diver

    • Purchases of $100+ receive a FREE Signed copy of Kombucha! book
    • Purchases of $200+ receive a FREE copy of Kombucha! book and KBBK t-shirt
    *Each free item comes at each price level and accumulates. $200+ means you get 3 FREE items.
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