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.
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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.
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
I think what I love most about this approach to cooking for folks that don't really know, "but want to learn", is it is very pragmatic ideas that can be replicated and or very clear. Well done sir. I will watch the series. The cooking show "YouTube network" is creating some great content. Keep the excellent shows coming.
You guys should make a new updated "How to Make Kombucha" with the new techniques that Brad has learned. He already learned a new technique by the time this video was in post-production, I would love to see if much had changed with his growth of character.
Thanks for the info. Been making homemade kombucha for 3 months now and I have broken my bad habit of drink soda. I flavor my kombucha using different types of fruit tea. P.s. used this video to help get me started.
I used to be depressed and suicidal. I was also suffering from schizophrenia. At the same time, I have a very bad stomach flu and diarrhea. My ex girlfriend also just left me which made me sad. And I also was not getting any Tinder match. Then I drank Kombucha and it fixed all my problems within 3 minutes. Thanks Kombucha!