One of the funnest things about summer time is the refreshments! We're always trying to think outside the box, and in this kombucha recipe there's no exception. In honor of the coming summer, here's a great brew to turn the proverbial heads of friends and family that is sure to please on those warm, sunny occasions!
For a 1-gallon brew:
1. Steep the following for at least 20 minutes in 32 oz freshly-boiled water:
2. After removing the leaves and lavender from the infusion, add:
- 1 cup sugar (stir to dissolve)
- 64 oz (1/2 gallon) cool, filtered water
- 1 cup already-brewed kombucha (or 3 TBSP white vinegar)
3. Top the brew off with water so that the surface of the liquid is just below the neck of your vessel.
5. Once you have a nice balance of sweetness and acidity, your brew is ready for secondary fermentation. Now, you'll need three more ingredients:
- 5 grams dried (or fresh!) hops (pellet or whole-cone) such as Cascade
- 1 cup boiling water
- juice from (1) ruby red grapefruit (~ 1 cup)
6. Place hops into a nylon mesh bag or tea ball and submerge into the boiling water. Allow to steep for 5 minutes, remove hops, and allow to cool
7. Siphon or pour off your kombucha into your filling vessel - this can be a tea pitcher, another brew jar, etc.; this is the jar from which you will fill your bottles. Be sure to retain 1 cup of brewed kombucha for your next batch.
8. Once the hop-tea is cooled, you can add it to your filling vessel, along with the grapefruit juice.
9. Stir the contents of your jar, fill into glass bottles and one plastic bottle (so you can tell how much pressure builds up).
10. Allow to sit at room temperature until the plastic bottle has built up a good amount of pressure, indicating that your glass bottles will be carbonated (read here about secondary fermentation). Generally this will take 1-2 weeks, but this step is also totally optional - non-carbonated kombucha is delicious too! Place the bottles into the refrigerator and share once they've cooled.
Optional: Steep a little bit of hibiscus and add it to your brew for secondary fermentation. This is a great way to add a little color to any brew!
Once your bottles are ready to drink, pop one open and put your feet up! You deserve some time to sit back with this refresher. This is a good time to start daydreaming about your next brew!