I’ve been making/brewing kombucha for a couple years and have mentioned it on social media and in a blog post or two and have received so many comments on how I make it. I always share the link to this post from Kitchn that I used to get started, but you guys still want to know. So here goes!

First of all, making kombucha is not for everyone – my sister is the one that got me into it and I teased her about it for years and was kind of weirded out by it BUT things change, I did my research, we tried it (and loved it), and decided to give it a try. Years later, this is still one of the things we make weekly around here (go here for other things I meal prep every week) and besides tasting good, it’s also great for the immune system, full of probiotics, and a great alternative to sugary drinks. If you haven’t tried kombucha, grab a bottle at the grocery store and see if you even like the tart/tangy flavor and bubbly nature.

Please note: I have every single product I use linked in my Amazon shop under ‘kombucha’.

How to Make Kombucha

To make kombucha, you need a ‘scoby’ (culture of bacteria and yeast). If you don’t have a friend that you can get a scoby from, you can find them online in a starter tea as well (I linked a good one in my Amazon shop). This is one that I split off for my sister-in-law last week.


I use organic ingredients for kombucha, from everything I’ve read, organic ingredients make better kombucha. Use what works for you!

  • scoby – starter culture
  • 1-2 large gallon jugs – I use one for the existing kombucha and one to brew the tea in. When the tea is made, I put the empty jar in the dishwasher.
  • six to eight 16-18 oz bottles or a couple large canning jars
  • filtered tap water
  • 8 organic black tea bags
  • 1 cup sugar
  • organic lemonade
  • frozen or fresh fruit

Steps to Make Kombucha:

Boil filtered water – I fill my tea kettle, boil that and pour it over 8 black tea bags that I’ve placed in my jar.

Add 1 cup sugar to the hot water/tea in the making. Stir to dissolve and let that steep for a good 30 minutes or so.

Allow to fully cool to room temperature – if you’re in a rush, you can add a bit of cold water but make sure you leave room for about 2 cups of the kombucha from your other jar.

WASH your hands if you handle the scoby – you don’t want any bacteria getting into the new brew or you can use tongs. Add the scoby and 2 cups of the kombucha liquid – add a breathable/muslim or coffee filter secured with a rubber band to cover the jar and store in a cool, dark place that’s about 72-80 degrees fahrenheit. Sometimes when you put the scoby in it looks like this but it will rise to the top in a couple minutes.

Bottle the Jars for Drinking

Now that you have your next batch ready to ferment, you need to process your kombucha for a second fermentation. Make sure your jars and supplies are clean. I run everything through the dishwasher.

Pour 2 ounces of lemonade into each jar – I use a funnel to make this a little less messy.

Add 4-5 pieces of fruit to each jar – I use frozen dark cherries or blueberries from Costco – we’ve tried some other fruits and these are our favorites.

Carefully pour the kombucha on top of the lemonade/fruit mixture – I use a strainer to ensure that there isn’t any gunk going into the jars (you’ll see what I mean when you make it).

Continue until you have filled your jars.

Once you’ve filled your jars, add a lid to each one and place it in a cool, dark place for another day or two and then put in your refrigerator to stop the fermentation. We usually drink these up within a couple days of brewing – my kids will split one jar between them. We strain the liquid into a drinking glass so we keep out the fruit and the baby scoby that sometimes forms in each jar.

A couple other tips: I don’t use a thermometer but I know that where I store the kombucha is around 75 degrees continually. You can use a thermometer on your jar to gauge where you’re at for temperature too. I did grab some pH strips to check the pH for fermentation – the pH should be between 2.5-3.

You can find all my favorite kombucha supplies linked in my Amazon shop under ‘kombucha’.

Here’s another fun kitchen DIY that I’m working on this week – Vanilla Extract!  Go here to see how I make it. If you make it now, it’s the perfect timing for holiday gifts.