We're always trying to see just how far we can go in playing with our primary ferments. This recipe is a great example of treading in unknown territory and coming out with a positive result.
Generally we don't advise using non-tea or whole spices in primary fermentation, as this can interfere with the metabolism of the culture and won't guarantee a successful brew. But with plenty of culture to go around, and some ambitious spirit, we've found we can take our brews to places unfathomed. Enter Melange, the ultimate holiday kombucha.
Some of our favorite spices are prevalent around the holiday season, so we decided to take two of the tastiest - clove and cinnamon - for a ride in this brew. This recipe gets bonus points for its simplicity!
Makes 1 gallon
- 4 grams each black, green, and white tea (or 1 bag KBBK Signature Tea Blend)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 8 whole cloves
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup brewed kombucha (for starter)
Boil water as you would normally, and steep the tea blend along with the cloves and cinnamon. Once you've allowed this mix to steep for at least 20 minutes, just remove the tea bag (leave the clove and cinnamon in!), add sugar, top off with cool water, and add your SCOBY and starter. Unique to this brew, we're leaving the cloves and cinnamon in with the culture for the primary fermentation process - we didn't notice any adverse effects to the SCOBY at all!
As with any brew, allow to ferment until a balance of sweetness and acidity is achieved. Let sit at room temperature for 2-3 weeks to allow carbonation to develop, if you want effervescence. Serve this on cold winter mornings with breakfast for a warming pick-me-up!
We are not responsible for any inadvertent prescience or trance-like states imparted by the consumption of Melange.
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The holidays are here and Kombucha Brooklyn has you covered. We’ve put together nine special holiday gift packages that we think will fit anyone’s budget and needs. From the new brewer to pro brewer you’ll find something here for your loved ones.
Everything the new brewer needs to get started - the tried-and-true Basic Kit paired with our book Kombucha!.
This package is the perfect gift for anyone who loves kombucha, healthy living, or just needs a nudge in either direction.
The complete kombucha brew kit package for the new brewer. Give the gift of (2) complete brews from fermentation to flavor.
The upgrade to the one gallon ceramic deluxe kit, this package will turn the beginning brewer into a solid 'buch brewery. A perfect gift for a family looking to start brewing or even the seasoned brewer who’s looking to step up his game.
Our standard Jun kit with a selection of premium green tea. This complex brew will make your honey-loving friends' heads turn.
A perfect gift for the sugar-sensitive or those looking for the next step in kombucha home brew.
Jun kombucha, a brew based on honey instead of sugar, can be the next step or the first in a kombucha brewer's journey. This is a delicate brew that is actually more forgiving, and fast-brewing than a sugar-based brew.
We have been selling premium brewing tea for some time now. Every month or so we rotate our teas, and before they sell out we reserve a few.This package is the perfect gift for the kombucha brewer or tea lover alike. A collection of our current and past hand-picked premium teas.
Once a month Kombuchman chooses a tea from his collection that showcases the possibilities of kombucha brewing. This special and limited chest is a collection of some of this year's private reserve selections.
This package is the perfect gift for the kombucha brewer or tea lover alike - but don’t feel bad if this ones for you. It wont last long.
You know who they are, and this package is for them. A trio of fruit flavors paired with a trio of tea blends. Primary and post fermentation meet in a package that’s great to showcase all the possibilities of flavoring kombucha.
The Pro Bundle is the gift for the aspiring professional brewer. Take any brewer's setup to pro status with this package.
Both of our pro packages (Pro Bottler and Pro Brewer) are paired together to make the ultimate kombucha brew upgrade.
All the swag you need to brew in style! A perfect add-on for the ‘buch lover or yogi.
Our growler and growler grabber combo are very popular amongst the yoga crowd, because it makes carrying your 'buch with you very simple.
Add on a KBBK shirt, and you can consider yourself one of us, wherever you are!
Show the people in your life you love them with the healthy gift that keeps on giving. Who knows, they might even gift you a bottle of home brew or even a kombucha baby in return.