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Congrats on Your New Deluxe – Continuous Kombucha Brewing/Dispensing System!
(Once you have your kombucha culture, you are ready to rock and roll)
0. Yes, step zero! Please open and place your kombucha cultures, (along with any of the starter tea the culture came with in the bag) in a clean glass jar with a small paper towel on top, fastened with a rubber band. The cultures have been patiently holding their breath in a bag while being shipped to you and I am sure they can not wait to get some good old fashioned O2 while you are preparing a nice supper of sweet tea for them.
1. Clean and sanitize your fermentation container and spigot: This is done by simply washing the container with hot soap and water. However, please remember to rinse completely, as leaving soap residue can compromise the kombucha culture.
2. Attach the spigot according to directions on package (this depends on what type of brewer you ordered), and fill container with warm water first to ensure that the spigot is tightly secured and there are no leaks. Please, Please make sure your spigot is tighten correctly. We have found the best way to tighten your spigot is: Face your bucket and have the spigot facing 9 o clock, so that the dispenser is on the left side of you. Turn the inside nut to tighten. Then turn the outside spigot clockwise 270 degrees so that the spigot points down. 99% of leaks are solved this through this technique, but either way you want to ensure that that sucker is on TIGHT!
3. Prepare Your Sweet Tea. You can use many different recipes, but the goal is to have a ratio of 80% Fresh Sweet Tea to about 10%-20% Already Fermented Kombucha Tea. For example When using our 5 Gallon Brewer You would want to prepare around 4 Gallons of Sweet Tea if you were planning on adding a Half Gallon of Kombucha Tea.
REMEMBER!! Always have your Sweet Tea Cooled Down to Room Temperature Before Adding. There are a few ways to do this:
A) Prepare All Your Sweet Tea in a Stainless Steel Pot, First Let Your water Boil for Ten Minutes, Then turn off heat wait about a minute an slowly add 1 to 2 cups of sugar PER Gallon (4 Gallons = 4 to 8 cups of sugar), stir with a wooden spoon and reheat and Boil for another 10 minutes, then add your tea. If using our Pre-Measured Blended Kombucha Tea Filters, use One Bag per 1 to 2 Gallons of tea (4 Gallons = 2 to 4 GetKombucha.com Pre-Measured Filter Bags). Boil another 10 minutes. Turn off heat, let the tea steep up to an hour and then remove with a wooden spoon. Let Tea “sleep” overnight to cool down. Bang Sweet Tea!
B) Same as above, but place Stainless Tea Pot into a bath tub of cold water. Be careful as the stainless steel pot will be heavy. After about 30 minutes you will notice that the heat of the pot will be transfered into the water, turning it warm. Drain tub and fill with cold water again. Repeat as many times to get the pot to room temperature.
C) QUICK COOL DOWN TECHNIQUE. What ever you recipe calls for, cut the water amount in half, while keeping the amount of sugar and tea the same. Substitute the other half of water for DISTILLED Bottled water and add it into your pot, cooling the sweet tea. You might want to combine this technique with step B.
4. Add the Sweet Tea into your Brewing Container, followed by the already brewed kombucha tea. Stir.
5. Ok. If you followed step zero, your cultures have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of their new home. IT IS MOVE IN DAY, BABY! Place the cultures in your container, and try your best to “sprinkle” your starter tea over the top of your container. This will help your cultures against any harmful outside elements the first couple of days when it is the weakest.
6. Because of the design, you can actually begin taste testing your tea every single day without disturbing your kombucha. This system allows the user to enjoy your home brewed kombucha tea whenever they want based on personal taste, though most people begin drinking their tea around the 5Th day.
7. Simply brew and add sweet tea as desired. You will soon notice a huge kombucha culture beginning to form on the top of the brewer (this may take several weeks and depends on how much you are refilling your kombucha tea)!! It will literally be the size of your whole brewing container.
Top 3 Questions We Have Received:
The cultures look weird, will they work? Yes, they will work. Simply follow the instructions above and you will be enjoying unlimited kombucha tea whenever you want.
The kombucha tea you sent looks and tastes weird, will it work? Yes, but your kombucha tea can taste and look different. Here’s why: We do not filter our kombucha tea. Because of this you will notice yeast strands, “slimy” thin cultures (this is a good sign, only real raw kombucha has this), very small black pieces of our loose tea, vinegary or pungent smell, etc. An unfiltered, raw tea yields a more aggressive brew when starting your dispensing system and will ensure your success when brewing your own. Simply run your kombucha tea through a strainer or cheese cloth to filter out your kombucha tea. This is easily accomplished thanks to the dispenser system.
How come the bottle is plumped out? this question is regarding when we ship kombucha tea or concentrated kombucha tea in a plastic bottle. We answer this question in depth in our 7 day mini course, but the answer is that kombucha tea will continue to “ferment” even when bottled, and the carbonation of the fermentation process will plump out plastic bottles. This is normal.
Follow these steps and you should be good to go. However, if you have any specific questions regarding our Brewers and Preparing your tea with this brewing system, please ask in the comment section below. This way we can build up a FAQ specific to the Continuous Brewing System.