Kombucha Tea Starter Kit

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Kombucha Tea Starter Kit

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Get started making kombucha tea immediately! This starter kit includes a strainer which is a very useful accessory for when making kombucha.

  • Make delicious probiotic-rich kombucha tea
  • Gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan
  • Reusable culture; transfer the culture from batch to batch
  • With proper care, the culture can be used indefinitely to create delicious fermented tea
  • Easy to make; can be flavored a variety of ways


A kombucha starter culture (a.k.a. kombucha scoby, mushroom, mother) consists of yeast and bacteria existing in a symbiotic relationship. When combined with brewed tea, sugar, and water and allowed to ferment for 7 to 30 days, the resulting kombucha tea beverage has a slightly carbonated zing and is packed full of B vitamins.

Save money! Commercially available kombucha tea generally sells for $3+ for a 16-ounce bottle. Using our kombucha starter culture, you can brew kombucha tea for $2 a gallon or less! With proper care, the kombucha scoby can be used over and over to brew a refreshing, vitamin-filled kombucha tea.

Kombucha scobys are manufactured in a facility that also processes dairy, soy, wheat, nut, and fish products. Kombucha scobys are culture (no animal byproducts).


This Kombucha Tea Starter Kit includes:

 

The items in the kit may be different than pictured.


Shipping Information: Kombucha tea starter cultures are shipped in a dehydrated state and must be rehydrated. Rehydration requires vinegar, tea, sugar and a 30-day rehydration period. Full rehydration and brewing instructions accompany each order and can be found hereA video detailing the rehydration process can also be found here.    

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  • From Laura at 1/23/12 1:43 AM
    • It isn't clear what's included in this kit. It says strainer, but I'm guessing the culture is there? What about the tea? The sugar?
    • This Kombucha Tea Starter Kit includes:

      Kombucha Tea starter culture
      Organic Black Tea (enough for the culture activation batch)
      Plastic mesh strainer (3.5")
      pH Strips
      16-page Instruction Booklet including bottling and flavoring ideas
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  • From victory at 3/31/13 12:37 AM
    • Once I have a culture from my first batch of kombucha How and where do I store it for the next batch.
      thank you.
    • As a live culture consisting of active yeasts and bacteria, Kombucha Scobys do best if they are allowed to sit on the counter culturing one batch of sugared tea after another. However, life can interfere at times and if you are facing the possibility of needing to take a break from making Kombucha, here are some guidelines for how to take a break without damaging the Scoby: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-to-take-break-making-kombucha-tea
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  • From Jim at 5/28/13 1:43 AM
    • On the Kombucha Starter Kit page, it is is stated that the Kombucha Starter is ; "Gluten-free, dairy free and vegan", but then lower down on the page it states; "Kombucha Scobys are manufactured in a facility that also processes dairy, soy, wheat, nut, and fish products."

      So, is the starter gluten free, or not?

      Thanks.
    • The kombucha does not contain any gluten or animal products.

      We are required by law to state that the products we manufacture or repackage are manufactured or packaged in a facility that may process wheat, dairy, soy, nuts, and fish. We use dedicated equipment and we are meticulous about cleanliness. Cultures are separated to avoid cross-contamination for the sake of the cultures' health as well as to reduce allergens. Generally speaking, a customer could expect that the risk of allergen exposure from a non-allergenic source would be about the same as if they bought something in a store that also sold products containing the allergen, or ate in a restaurant that also served foods with the allergen.

      Of course, the customer must make the final decision, and we can not guarantee 100% that there will be absolutely zero exposure.
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  • From Cindy O at 8/2/13 11:49 AM
    • I was reading in an article that in order to make Kombucha Tea you need to start out with 1/2 - 1 cup of the tea itself when you make your first batch. Does this starter kit not need that since you have to rehydrate the scoby?
    • In place of starter tea (finished kombucha) we recommend using distilled white vinegar for the activation batch, as well as for the next batch of kombucha. This is detailed in the instructions that come with the kit.
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  • From Jennifer W at 8/6/13 5:30 PM
    • Would you recommend filtered water versus tap water for a cleaner healthier Kombucha? I'm very interested in trying this drink and the video was great. thank you!
    • We do recommend using the best water you can. If your water supply has chlorine, you can remove it by filtering, boiling, or aeration. You can read more about choosing water for your ferments here. http://www.culturesforhealth.com/water-source-making-cultured-fermented-food
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  • From Pat W at 8/18/13 5:46 PM
    • Does this work with any tea or only black tea?
    • While black tea is the traditional tea used for brewing kombucha, there are a variety of teas or combinations of teas that will work fine. Check the link here for further information:

      http://www.culturesforhealth.com/kombucha-ingredients
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  • From Danny33 at 10/19/13 10:25 PM
    • What are the primary strains of yeast and bacteria present in your scoby?
      Some vendors specify yeasts such as S. Boulardii, S. Cerevisiae, Lactobacillus bacteria, etc.

      Thanks,
      Dan
    • You can find a list of bacteria and yeast generally know to be found in kombucha scobys here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/kombucha-yeast-bacteria
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  • From cole85 at 11/5/13 7:13 PM
    • When making kombucha, is testing the ph necessary? And if so how often? Thanks in advance!
    • The pH is a good indicator of how the fermentation is progressing. While there is no specific requirement on how often to check the pH, if you are not familiar with the taste of kombucha, testing the pH frequently as the brew ferments can be helpful. Once the pH is lower than 4.0, the batch is 'done', though some prefer a stronger flavor, when the pH is a bit lower, about 3.5.
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  • From Shannon at 11/20/13 5:17 PM
    • How much tea do you need for each batch, once it has been rehydrated. If enough tea comes with it for the activation, how much will I need to purchase separately?
    • The amount of tea needed depends on the size of the batch you're brewing.

      One quart: 1½ t. loose tea or 2 tea bags.
      Half-gallon: 1 T. loose tea or 4 tea bags.
      Gallon: 2 T. loose tea or 8 tea bags.




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  • From paulette at 12/14/13 6:52 PM

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SCOBY slow to activate Review by Robert
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Received my dehydrated scoby and kit promptly. The kit included everything needed along with excellent instructions. Unfortunately, my experience has been similar to other customers. After 30 days, there was little sign of activity other than some sediment on the bottom of the jar. The PH had dropped so it may be working but the tea was still very sweet and just tasted like sweet tea with vinegar added. I bottled and let it set out for 5 days and it did produce some carbonation but still tasted like sweet tea and vinegar. Made my second batch according to directions. Eight days into the second batch but the tea still looks clear and doesn't seem to be doing much. No sign of baby scoby but instructions said it make take several batches. I trust Cultures for Health and expect it will eventually produce as expected. However, the length of time required tries one's patience. I suggest Cultures for Health provide an option to purchase an already hydrated and active scoby as other sites do. After reading on the web, I decided to try making a scoby from a store bought bottle of Kombucha. I used 2/3 of bottle of store-bought kombucha in a quart jar. This batch became cloudy right away and formed a scoby within a week. The scoby is getting thicker each day and the PH is dropping as expected. It looks like this process will create a batch of Kombucha and a hydrated scoby in about two weeks. Cultures for Health has an excellent web site, great training videos and excellent customer service. I'm sure they can improve this scoby process and experience for their customers.

Response from CFH: With regard to shipping dehydrated cultures: We fall under both state and federal jurisdiction and comply with all state and federal food processing, handling, and shipping laws. We also value the safety of our customers above all else and therefore we not only comply with all applicable laws and best practices, but also with liability insurance guidelines, etc.

Please contact customer support for troubleshooting advice before discarding product. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments. (Posted on April 23, 2014)
Good so far... Review by Erin
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Since my SCOBY is still reconstituting I can't say much about how a batch has turned out, but I will say that the directions, online videos and kit have made this a really easy process so far. I'm looking forward to making my first batch in the next couple of weeks! (Posted on March 20, 2014)
Great so far! Review by kzack
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This starter kit has been fabulous. The book really walks through everything you need to get started and brew your own kombucha. It's been a couple of months and so far so good! (Posted on March 11, 2014)
Good starter Review by Hud
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Enjoyed making my first batch of starter tea. Took a while to get it right. I am well on my way to making Kombucha and really loving it. (Posted on March 2, 2014)
Should of bought a live Scoby from a different supplier. Review by Blondy
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I was under the impression by watching the video that I would be able to make the Kombucha right away. Rehydrating over and over again is just ridicules. It states nowhere that it will take several times. It would of been cheaper to buy live and less of a hassle. I asked for my money back and all I get is how to continue to rehydrate. Think I'll buy another from a dealer that sells live Scoby's.

Response from CFH: Instructions included with culture state that a baby scoby may not form for a few batches. Rehydration does not need to be repeated. Please contact customer support for troubleshooting advice before discarding product. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments. (Posted on February 25, 2014)
I followed all directions perfectly. Culture was DOA. Just sat there for 31 days. Review by Jim
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I followed all directions perfectly. I think the culture was DOA. I just sat there for 31 days. I really would like a culture that works or my money back.

Response from CFH: Contacted customer but received no response. Please contact customer support for troubleshooting advice before discarding product. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments. (Posted on February 12, 2014)
impressive Review by Katherine
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My kombucha starter kit arrived promptly, sooner than I expected! The packaging is very professional in appearance with well laid out labels, artful and simple. The booklet of instructions is reassuringly clear, readable, and complete. The scoby is still rehydrating, so I don't really know yet how my actual kombucha will turn out, but I have contacted Cultures for Health several times online and have received answers to all of my questions in a very timely manner. Both the live chat and the contact through email have elicited prompt replies. I am very impressed with their customer service! (Posted on February 7, 2014)
bad Review by Rev.
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The starter is now almost three weeks old and is still the same as the day I put it into the tea. Do not like this much hassel. Mary

Response from CFH: Please contact customer support for troubleshooting advice before discarding product. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments. (Posted on February 7, 2014)
Comforting process Review by lyndarva
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I have been contemplating Kombucha for quite some time, whether I wanted to brew it myself or not. It is definitely cheaper to make it yourself. I find Cultures for Health's kit and instructions very encouraging and reliable. I could have bought a SCOBY from a local source, but I wanted a reliable source. This kit is definitely worth it. I had a question, I came to this website and the "Chat Operator" came on right away and answered my question. (Posted on February 4, 2014)
Not as expected Review by GypsyVegan
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I am usually very satisfied with your products unfortunately, not with this one. Prompt service, well packaged, and well written instructions. But after the 30 days of soaking my dry scoby, it was flat and dead. I do not think is a good idea to dehydrate a living thing and then try to bring it back to life. There is a 50-50% chance of working or not, and I guess it was my turn to lose.

CFH Response: There aren't a lot of visual signs that a rehydrating kombucha scoby is working. The scoby won't change much but it is busy consuming / converting the sugar and lowering the pH of the sugared tea. Testing with a pH indicator strip is a great way to see that everything is progressing normally. Any time you have a problem with a culture, please contact us. We are usually able to recommend simple adjustments to ensure you stay on track. (Posted on February 4, 2014)
Great purchase Review by Kat
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This is an easy to follow kit for starting your own Kombucha. They offer step by step directions and lots of ideas for flavors. Highly recommend. (Posted on January 30, 2014)
still waiting Review by new me
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I have done everything according to the book. I am on
my third batch of kombucha, seven days in and I have yet
to get a baby. The first two batches I used the vinegar and this third batch I used the 2nd batch kombucha. Will
keep trying to see what happens and update on future batches.

Response from CFH: It is normal that no baby scoby forms for the first few batches, when beginning with a dehydrated scoby. (Posted on January 21, 2014)
Excited to try it out! Review by hannah
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I am about to make my first batch today! I am so excited. (Posted on January 15, 2014)
Would definitely buy again! Review by Marie
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I bought this as a gift, and I couldn't ask for a more quality product! It gave you the tools you needed (minus the sugar and jar, of course)to make your own kombucha exactly as stated. I would highly recommend this product. (Posted on January 10, 2014)
Amazing! Review by Kelsey
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I searched everywhere for a kombucha kit like this. Look no further! This is seriously so easy and so worth it! I used to spend like a million bucks a month at the health food store for this stuff..now I can make it for pennies! And if you ever have questions or need anything, they have a hotline! The hotline feels more like you are calling an out-of-state cousin... Jerri was awesome. 6 stars! (Posted on November 21, 2013)
Very complete and informative kit! Review by VW
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The directions were very clear and it was wonderful to have everything I needed to get started. My SCOBY is rehydrating and it looks like all is going well so far! (Posted on November 2, 2013)
Great Product! Review by Simone
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I'm waiting for my scoby to rehydrate... I read the instructions, watched the instructional video to make sure I'm doing everything accordingly, and I'm counting the days until I can get my first batch going. The kit is so easy and all inclusive. Great product and I look forward to purchasing other products as well! (Posted on October 24, 2013)
Excellent Quality from Cultures for Health! Review by Jan
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I've ordered twice from CFH and both times my product has arrived super fast! That's without paying extra for express shipping. Like a previous review, I too am still rehydrating my scoby and cannot wait for it to be ready to make kombucha! I ordered the kit (which I highly recommend!) and was pleased to see it included 4 tea bags to get started. I used an old spaghetti sauce jar, covered it with a coffee filter and secured it with a clean hair tie. The strainer/sieve is on the small side but very good quality. And it is plastic so I can use it to make kefir as well. All in all, this is a fantastic product, well worth the money!!! (Posted on October 24, 2013)
awesome product! Review by Emily
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Currently re hydrating my Scoby and can't wait to start making some real kombucha! We are all drinking about 8 oz a day and that really adds up on the budget! This will be much much cheaper ! Thank you! (Posted on October 23, 2013)
Great starts Review by Barb
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Regrettably, my MS brain and lack of adequate funds have made it impossible to start my Kombucha starter. I've watched the video, and I can't wait to get started. I need a good jar, then I'm ready. My starter is in the fridge awaiting me. (Posted on May 24, 2013)
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