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How to Brew Your Own Kombucha with Brad | It's Alive | Bon Appetit

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In episode 1 of 'It's Alive' with Bon Appétit test kitchen manager Brad Leone, we follow him through his process of brewing his own kombucha. Main takeaways include: be creative, keep your SCOBY clean, take care of her, feed her, and use food-grade bottles to avoid glass explosions. It's a learning experience. Update: Brad now uses a concentrated formula that doesn't require ice. He mixes 2 quarts of water with sugar and tea. Then dilutes it with room-temperature water. Join Bon Appétit test kitchen manager, Brad Leone, on a wild, roundabout and marginally scientific adventure exploring fermented foods and more. From cultured butter and kombucha, to kimchi and miso, to beer and tepache, learn how to make fermented and live foods yourself. Still haven’t subscribed to Bon Appetit on YouTube? ►► http://bit.ly/1TLeyPn ABOUT BON APPÉTIT Cook with confidence using Bon Appetit’s kitchen tips, recipes, videos, and restaurant guides. Stay current on the latest food trends, dining destinations, and hosting ideas. How to Brew Your Own Kombucha with Brad | It's Alive | Bon Appetit
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Jessica Stevens (2 days ago)
Brad: Stay with me folks. Me: I am TRYING Brad. You're all over the place. What the he'll is gonna come at the end
Michelle Dorenkamp (3 days ago)
recently I tried something new. pickled immature harvested walnuts ... also known under the name "Pfälzer Trüffel". The walnut with fruit husk, shell and the nut itself is well fermented. Therefore, it would fit under the topic '' its alive ''. I would definitely look forward to getting the production shown in a fun way.
Adventures with Frodo (3 days ago)
You are just making vinegar, lol.
Sarah Williams (5 days ago)
I aspire to be as stoned as this guy seems every day.
Dorie George (6 days ago)
Lol very entertaining!! Keep on keeping it real!
Shannon Jones (7 days ago)
What do you think about preserved lemons with salt?
DawnB (7 days ago)
Austin dickey sent me here
John Chamy (8 days ago)
show vinny
Donna Reynolds (10 days ago)
He spit in it.
Ross C (10 days ago)
Brad's Bitchin' Buch...I like it. Catchy....like "Sally Rotten Crotch" or "Suzy Smelly Snatch"....
Katarina (10 days ago)
8:10 Kombuchamaid by Vermeer; oil paint on canvas (y. 1658)
Jason Radtke (11 days ago)
your update has the word 'concentated' in it
Mason Agor (12 days ago)
There were a lot of on-screen recipe edits in this. Can we get a new video with Brad's current recipe?
Clint Rapisora (14 days ago)
Brad, can you do a video on how to make a scoby?
Kendra Thomas (14 days ago)
This is not mead but I love it regardless
Jamie Brown (14 days ago)
what is it that Andy ordered?
reyvin macala (15 days ago)
wait Brad’s casual precision is such a turn on & he also seems like such a sweet guy goodbye everyone I am leaving this plane of existence so long au revoir
reyvin macala (15 days ago)
I truly can’t believe someone like him exists. lol I’m so embarrassed
Angie Tyndall (15 days ago)
Could you please do Ginger Ale,because all of the store ones have no Ginger flavor at all.
joel huebner (15 days ago)
As an Oneoligest, can i use vinter's yeast to start. Tea varieties i have!
Magnus Brodin (16 days ago)
Eyy Brad Must is a funky Swedish soft drink... don't patent it :)
Rodrigo Rocha (16 days ago)
Does somebody know how tall Brad is ?
wildflower (18 days ago)
Hahha, my cats are so confused!
Erin Higgs (18 days ago)
doesn't a mouth have more bacteria than a hand?
Erin Higgs (18 days ago)
how is the hand bacteria worse than the mouth bacteria from sucking to start the siphoning? ....i dunno bout daaaat
Ariana Bathory (18 days ago)
Brad keep your hat on please. I hate when you take it off
Chenni Cheung (19 days ago)
I thought that was my cat meowing every time that door closed and kept looking over to my cat.
Alex Wihardja (22 days ago)
i love the editing so much
Diego A. J. (22 days ago)
0:00 a legend surfaced
Snazzy nerd (23 days ago)
This isnt rocket surgery
tt w (23 days ago)
this guy cracks me up
Jake Rosenblum (23 days ago)
This is probably the least educational how to make kombucha video. I think they hired him for his humor rather than his brain...
Deeba Fallahzadeh (24 days ago)
so this is where it all started
Thanos Panousis (26 days ago)
So this episode was the birth of the legend? Its Christmas night as I am watching this, coincidence?
Melat G (27 days ago)
Him and Clair are the reason im here
Pablo Affonso Teixeira (28 days ago)
Amazing video!! just one question... how the vessels were made? after the infusion process ?
Clare Shin (30 days ago)
3:06 Back when Claire's hair was all brown.
Andrei Luar (1 month ago)
Kombucha is kelp tea
lenmarc Dio (1 month ago)
7 x 10 is 70. Not 700 kay?
Mike Youtube (1 month ago)
Could you make a Kefir video?
Tim Brophy (1 month ago)
I coined ‘Rocket Surgery’ before the new millennium. I didn’t hear on TV till about ten years later. Props for using it though. You’re great!
LetsNeverPlayAgain (1 month ago)
kombucha can kill you please don't drink it
Juli Vee (1 month ago)
Lol! His beanie is always shifting in every cut. 😂 love ya Brad!
Tony, The Stark (1 month ago)
3:30 is that Claire's butt?? Damn!
Hamza Huq (1 month ago)
Is there no sugar in the kombucha before you add the juice?
Hamza Huq (1 month ago)
what's the nutrition facts on the kombucha? The ones I get are usually 30cal and 7 grams of sugar.
Z W (1 month ago)
Herbert Huettenkaese (1 month ago)
HorrorBeautyFX (1 month ago)
How long can you keep a scoby to use?
Carena Hall (1 month ago)
I have a huge ceush on Brad. Omg stoppp
coconutjoonie (1 month ago)
Rocket surgery im dying😂
Oliver (1 month ago)
1. i love the bullying of how he says water 2. i say water like that
L S (1 month ago)
BABY CLAIRE Also baby Brad but he's the same
aa aa (1 month ago)
origin story of my fave mcu character
Jmann22 (1 month ago)
That hit at 6:54 lol
Anp (1 month ago)
what did they mean that the scoby layers die and replace from the bottom? discard the bottom layer?
cihndee (1 month ago)
Vinnie ole binnie
Lulastic Hippyshake (1 month ago)
Lol we’ve all been there with the booch on the floor mess 🤣 great video! We do continuous brew, massive fans! Also we just flavoured a batch with Christmas and it’s next level!
Astrid Gomez (1 month ago)
Angelous 777 (1 month ago)
Hey Brad, have you ever made Kefir wouder!!! Is an awesome probiotic fermented drinks. How about kefir milk, make some yogurt....please teach us how to create Kambucha without a full grown Scoby...
Indira Nair (1 month ago)
The apricot part reminded me of Armie Hammer.
Why not earl gray?
Catherine Dong (1 month ago)
oh lord what a THROWBACK
Kristina T (1 month ago)
Watching this is 2018. He literally hasn’t changed
Matias Batarce (1 month ago)
The trick with the hose is to fill it with wurder first, then you wont need any suction and gravity will do its thing.
Hunter (1 month ago)
Please do a Mead episode!!!!
Shanaia Munidasa (1 month ago)
Hey so is it 2 quarts of water for 70g of sugar and 7 of tea or two quarts for the times 10 recipe? 😅
Daniel Lopez (1 month ago)
Rocket surgery Hahahaha
Matthew Hunter (1 month ago)
cool. I don't drink tea made from tea leaves, but do drink herbal tea. So I have to make my own recipes for chai tea and kombucha. Raspberry tea leaves seem to have a similar flavor, so I hope it works.
aperki1 (1 month ago)
Brad is so pretty
protectbodythetans (1 month ago)
lmaoooooooooooooo love hungover brad
apaxHoqpuJL (1 month ago)
Holy crap this editing is annoying.
Ligia & Gabriel (1 month ago)
ahhhh...in tears! this is such a great vid!
Catherine Downs (1 month ago)
I was in the kitchen making cookies today and I started acting like brad and saying things brad would say. I am becoming brad.
Jamie-Lee Saitzeff (1 month ago)
I love how old this video is and how comfortable he was in the beginning
Marie Eden (1 month ago)
Ok how tf do I make my own Scoby? All websites say I should just BUY some kombucha but I wanna make my own from absolute scratch. Is that possible or am I making too much work for myself?
Lulastic Hippyshake (1 month ago)
Marie Eden you have to have a little cup of the starter, not a scoby, otherwise you won’t have the probiotics to make it into kombucha!
JPecor863 (1 month ago)
Claire THICCC @3:30
Mary Udomah (1 month ago)
What do ghosts drink to get wasted? Kom-BOOOOO-cha! :D
CrazyGoatLady (2 months ago)
K but where does one get the "scoby?"
Tabitha white (2 months ago)
Brad, please make mango pickles!
Daniel Warfield (2 months ago)
Nicholas Peters (2 months ago)
why shouldn't you use earl grey?
super sand legend (2 months ago)
The editing is getting me
Tom Pagliuso (2 months ago)
Brad in the thumbnail just looks like a New Jersey’s Mac Demarco
Gypsy SnickerDoodle (2 months ago)
This was weirdly scattered.
Wil d (2 months ago)
Dear Bon Appetit. Hire me. I mean I love Brad, but I at least know basic sanitation. I won't be sucking on any kitchen tools. Mark my words
Michael Cruz (2 months ago)
I love Brad!
Jon Cassa (2 months ago)
Can you brew mead?
Félix (2 months ago)
la kombuxita muxaxo !!!
WF4L (2 months ago)
On October 21, 2016, Brad is born a national treasure
Jamie Brown (2 months ago)
what was it that andy ordered
Bobby Frydell (2 months ago)
Remake this pls
B_A_FPS (2 months ago)
Claire her cute grey hairs are gone :(
Aidan Martin-Cox (2 months ago)
“Don’t use earl grey!” But why?
paige mclachlan (2 months ago)
“It’s a family show” ......orrrrrr is ittt?????
Daniel Clemmer (2 months ago)
best first 20 seconds of any show ever. truly sets the tone and scene for the next 2 years. Congrats on 2 years guys.
xxxthaidyexxx (2 months ago)
Any way to do a "take 2" or redo? Seems like a few updates have been made, would also love more introduction into kombucha and SCOBY. Thanks.
Scott Young (2 months ago)
How the hell is THAT kombucha? It’s a Japanese word that means “kelp tea” and it’s sold in every supermarket in the country. It’s not fermented, it’s not carbonated, and we don’t put sugar or fruit juice or tea in it. You take finely powdered kelp and steep it in hot water. That’s it. He never even used kelp!! That’s like putting out a pile of bird-shaped tofu at thanksgiving and calling it turkey.
Brittany B (2 months ago)
Lol its baby Brad
Mute Stingray (2 months ago)
The thumbnail is the first time I've ever seen him without a hat.
kt t (2 months ago)
That is not a s.c.o.b.y it is the mother or mushroom s.c.o.b.y refers to an action (verb) not a (noun) a s.c.o.b.y is not a thing I have watched several kombucha videos and everybody gets that wrong you do not need the gelatinous goo to make the drink just the starter fluid the mushroom that develops is a sign that the you are getting the reaction or fermentation that you want you do not need to keep a "scoby hotel" call you need to keep is the starter liquid next time you make kombucha try it with out using the mushroom you will get the same results

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