Anyone Brew Kombucha?

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bitbucket
beers 2166 º places 63 º 19:56 Wed 8/3/2016

To answer the question, yes, I brewed kombucha for years. I got tired of it and finally tossed out the SCOBY. Super simple. If you can do some rudimentary measuring and brew tea with added sugar in a more or less sanitary way you’ll get good kombucha. The thing that boggles me is the cost of the brewed stuff in stores. This i so much simpler and cheaper than making beer. How can they justify charging twice the price?

 
AdamChandler
beers 5839 º places 278 º 20:37 Wed 8/3/2016

Just racked my first Kombucha. It was pretty dmn good. keeping it simple for now. Immediately put another batch in so the SCOBY doesn’t dry out.

 
nuplastikk
beers 7574 º places 57 º 00:02 Thu 8/4/2016

Originally posted by bitbucket
To answer the question, yes, I brewed kombucha for years. I got tired of it and finally tossed out the SCOBY. Super simple. If you can do some rudimentary measuring and brew tea with added sugar in a more or less sanitary way you’ll get good kombucha. The thing that boggles me is the cost of the brewed stuff in stores. This i so much simpler and cheaper than making beer. How can they justify charging twice the price?



Brewing a lambic at home is a lot cheaper than buying one at the store. Most kombucha brewers are pretty dedicated to using really primo organic ingredients, which aren’t necessarily cheaper than beer. I see no shortage of overpriced bombers out there that probably make splurging on a 3-5 dollar 16oz kombucha more reasonable to the consumer.

 
bitbucket
beers 2166 º places 63 º 21:02 Thu 8/4/2016

Originally posted by nuplastikk
Originally posted by bitbucket
To answer the question, yes, I brewed kombucha for years. I got tired of it and finally tossed out the SCOBY. Super simple. If you can do some rudimentary measuring and brew tea with added sugar in a more or less sanitary way you’ll get good kombucha. The thing that boggles me is the cost of the brewed stuff in stores. This i so much simpler and cheaper than making beer. How can they justify charging twice the price?



Brewing a lambic at home is a lot cheaper than buying one at the store. Most kombucha brewers are pretty dedicated to using really primo organic ingredients, which aren’t necessarily cheaper than beer. I see no shortage of overpriced bombers out there that probably make splurging on a 3-5 dollar 16oz kombucha more reasonable to the consumer.



A couple of thoughts on that:
Brewing a great lambic: 8 or 9 on the difficulty scale.
Brewing a great kombucha: 3 on the difficulty scale. (I’m being generous here.)

Cost of Kombucha ingredients:
Primo Organic Sugar: Under $5 per pound so about $2.50 per one gallon batch.
Primo Organic Oolong Tea, $8.50 per 100 Tea Bags , so less than $1 per one gallon batch.
Or just go with
Lipton Black Tea Bags, $9.37 per 312 Tea Bags (30 cents per one gallon batch)
Domino Premium Pure Cane Granulated Sugar, 64 Ounce $1.99 (25 cents per one gallon batch)

Cost of Beer ingredients:
10 pounds of Pilsner malt $20 (yes it costs less for bulk but now you have to fork over $150 or more for a malt mill)
Dry Yeast $5 or Liquid Yeast $8
One ounce hops $3
And that’s just for a no character base beer. If you want to add specific bugs to your lambic, you’ll need to get those separately.

Cost for one gallon of beer is going to be over six bucks. Cost for one gallon of kombucha could be under sixty cents or it could be more than that if you want to be all organic. AND THEN... lets talk about equipment costs and process time. Whee!

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