How to prepare kombucha tea

It is quite possible that, at some point, you have heard about the kombucha. Popularly known by the names of tea mushroom, Chinese mushroom Or simply Manchurian mushroom, consists of a fermented beverage made from a sweetened tea, which is fermented by a colony of microorganisms. This colony is known scientifically with the name of Medusomyces gisevi, and are characterized by presenting a texture and appearance to the gelatinous view. It is formed mainly by fungi very similar to yeast, in addition to strains of Bacterium xylinum Y Oxydans gluconate.

When they ferment, these bacteria and fungi are able to convert sugar into both fructose and glucose, then to ethyl alcohol, carbon dioxide and acetic acid. They form on their surface a gelatinous body that reminds many of a jellyfish.

The origin of tea kombucha We must find it in China. In fact, several writings mentioning the tea fungus have been found around 206 BC, at the time of the Han Dynasty. There is a legend that in the year 400 there was a Chinese or Korean doctor known as Kombu. , that was called towards year 415 by the Japanese emperor Inkio, which was very ill. The doctor arrived in Japan with a "Kombu tea", with whose drink he was able to save the emperor's life.

If you want to encourage yourself to enjoy this curious drink at home, below we explain how to make tea kombucha easily.

How to make kombucha tea at home

To prepare kombucha tea you need:

  • 4 tablespoons of red tea
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • Kombucha
  • 3 liters of water

To make it, you must first boil the 3 liters of water in a saucepan. When it starts to boil add red tea in the indicated amounts and white sugar. Let boil for 35 seconds. Then turn off the heat and let cool.

When the drink is cold, filter or strain it and pour it into a glass container. Now add the kombucha.

Cover the container with a thin cloth or napkin and fasten with a ribbon or rope. Store it in a dry and cool place for 15 days.

When this time passes, remove the half liter of tea along with the kombucha. Finally store or reserve in a container in the fridge.

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