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Kombucha Starter Kit

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Kombucha Kit

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Brew delicious organic kombucha at home! Save money! Commercial kombucha sells for $3+ per bottle. Using our kombucha starter culture, brew your own kombucha for $2 per gallon or less. A kombucha starter culture consists of yeast and bacteria existing in a symbiotic relationship. When combined with sweetened tea and fermented for 7 to 30 days, the resulting kombucha beverage has a slightly carbonated zing and is packed full of B vitamins. 

  • Gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan.
  • Reusable culture; transfer the culture from batch to batch.
  • Initial batch requires 30-day culturing time. Subsequent batches culture in 7-30 days.
  • With proper care, the culture can be used indefinitely to create delicious fermented tea
  • Easy to make; can be flavored in a variety of ways.


This Kombucha Starter Kit includes:

 

Kombucha Instructions and Troubleshooting:  


Kombucha Tea Starter Culture Ingredients: Organic sugar, Organic black tea, Live Active Cultures

This product contains no GMO ingredients.


Shipping Information and Shelf-life: Our Kombucha Tea Starter Culture is shipped in a dehydrated state and must be rehydrated. The starter keeps

  • At room temperature (68° to 78°F): 3 to 4 weeks
  • In the refrigerator (40° to 45°F): 9 months
  • In the freezer (0° to 25°F): not recommended


Allergen Information:

Our Kombucha Tea Starter Culture is a gluten-free product. It is manufactured in a facility that also produces products containing soy and dairy.


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  • From Laura at 1/23/2012 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 3/31/2013 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 5/28/2013 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.

      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 8/2/2013 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 8/6/2013 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 8/18/2013 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 10/18/2013 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 11/4/2013 7:13 PM
    • When making kombucha, is testing the ph necessary? And if so how often? Thanks in advance!
    • The best indicator of a successful batch of kombucha is aroma and flavor. It should smell pleasantly vinegary and cultured, with a tangy, vinegar taste. Some people choose to test pH as an extra indication of fermentation. Most people prefer a kombucha that is between 3.0-3.5.
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  • From Shannon at 11/20/2013 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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ok Review by stacey
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I have never had this before. It reminds me of apple cider vinegar

(Posted on 5/1/2015)

If I'd known homemade Kombucha was this good, I'd have been drinking it decades ago! Review by GK
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Never had kombucha this good....so easy, I wish I'd started making it decades ago. Much, much more delicious than any commercial brand! Thanks for an excellent product and super easy-to-understand directions!

(Posted on 4/24/2015)

BOOCH! Review by Fry
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I be boochen like a pro kid!

(Posted on 4/24/2015)

Very pleased with the kit. Review by Martha
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The instructions that came with the kit were very easy to follow, so I'm just waiting for my scoby to rehydrate itself. Then I will be able to give a better review. I am very glad I ordered the kit to get me started.

(Posted on 4/17/2015)

LOOKING GOOD Review by DEAN
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You shipped quickly and my order arrived in good condition and exactly as described. it's too early to tell you the outcome as I just received the tea jars that I wanted to use a few days ago. this is my first attempt at making kombucha and have it fermenting now, but I am very happy so far with your service and communication. Thank You

(Posted on 4/16/2015)

My Scoby "baby" is huge! Review by nick
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Still fermenting the first batch but the scoby "baby" that is growing at the surface is huge! at least 1/4" thick now! I am excited to start my second batch on a couple more days. Wish we could post our own pictures.

CFH Note: It is somewhat unusual for a new scoby to form during rehydration, there is sure to be a little baby scoby envy. Feel free to share your photos on our Face book page or other social media, always fun to share photos of the new babies!

(Posted on 4/4/2015)

excellent Review by BJ
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Great product great service speedy delivery

(Posted on 3/4/2015)

Fast delivery and easy instructions Review by MaryV
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The starter kit arrived quickly and the instructions were easy to follow. I'm on my sixth batch and can't wait for my SCOBY to be large enough to split for twice the brew.

(Posted on 3/4/2015)

Can't wait to make Kombucha Review by Irma
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Have had great service and great quality products from Cultures for Health. Can't wait to be able to make my own Kombucha.

(Posted on 3/1/2015)

Disappointed Review by Beth
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I do not seem to be having good success with my kombucha. I followed the easy directions very carefully, but after rehydrating the scoby and starting a new batch, it is still not kombucha after 16 days on the second batch. I feel like it was already a lot of money, and now to have it not work is disappointing. Maybe I just have a bad scoby? The kit and directions were very helpful! The scoby, not so much!

Response from CFH: Please contact Customer Support for troubleshooting assiantance before discarding any cultures. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments.

(Posted on 1/3/2015)

To soon to say Review by L.
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The kit is very nice. I really like the strainer quality. My mushroom is still sitting on the bottom of the jar, doing not much of anything, but it has only been abt. 20days. The instructions are clear online, but these were nice to refer to as I was setting.it all up. Two sets of instructions seemed to be different as to what to do, but having already read online I assume the ones packed with the mushroom was the more current.

Response from CFH: Please contact customer support with any questions.. We're always happy to help!

(Posted on 11/16/2014)

Overall thoughts about purchase Review by Pearl
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I ordered this after trying bottled Kombucha. I only hope my product can taste as good. I talked with Sarah in the process of ordering and she was extremely helpful. However did I ask a question about how many test strips the kit contained and was disappointed when it arrived to only find a total of 8 ph strips in the kit. I am still in the process of rehydrating my scoby. The book was very helpful and I followed the instructions to the letter. I am looking forward to being able to drink my own kombucha as I have been drinking it every day and really like it, but hope I can replicate the delicious tastes in my own recipes.

CFH Note ~ We include a small amount of strips to help with rehydration but you'll likely find that you won't need them after your first several batches. The best way to determine how your kombucha is progressing is by the aroma and flavor of the batch. If it is still very sweet, the pH is likely still a little high and you should let your batch continue brewing and taste it again in a few days. The flavors are a lot of fun to experiment with, you'll find suggestions here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/flavoring-bottling-kombucha

(Posted on 10/20/2014)

Good Product Review by chrisbarton
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I think the Kit is great, Has everything you need to get started. My only complaint is that the scoby is dried and I have to wait 3 weeks for it to reactiave. I like the source so thats why i purchased it. My wife enjoys the tea and needs it for her autoimmune issue, I wanted to start making it right away. So the issue I have is i have to buy the 4$ a bottle stuff until this is ready at the house.

(Posted on 9/29/2014)

Great if you follow the instructions Review by Pixels303
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Brewed these before with success providing the instructions were sorta followed. I have been able to triple the recipe from the start. Make sure you don't suffocate it like who I gifted one to did, needs oxygen to survive. Also refrigerate after brewing to allow it to last longer (will last two months tops in fridge). You need to continue the brew by adding more sweet tea after each brew, or it will die.

CFH note~ We recommend activating the scoby in a 1 quart batch.

(Posted on 9/23/2014)

Disappointed... Review by ribsmoke
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I ordered my Kombucha starter kit and received it quickly. I had read the eBook provided by CFH and was ready to go. I followed the instructions specifically and put everything together as told to do and then I waited. My dehydrated SCOBY lay in the bottom of my ferment vessel and retained its shape, size and appearance for four weeks. At the end of this time it was still on the bottom of the jar and was tortilla thin and unchanged in size. In short, my SCOBY failed to hydrate and was, I believe, DOA the day I received it.


CFH note ~ A dehydrated scoby will not change much. If anything, you may see a slight thickening but the scoby will not float to the top, it will remain in the bottom of the jar where it is busy consuming the sugar and lowering the pH of your batch, getting your tea ready for your first official batch of kombucha. The best way to determine if a scoby is working is by flavor and aroma. At the end of the 30 day rehydration go ahead and taste your kombucha, if it is still sweet, you can let it sit a few more days. The rehydration process can take a little longer if your culturing temperature is cool. It may take several batches for the yeast and bacteria to mature enough to encourage a new scoby to grow but continue making your batches according to the instructions. As always, if you have any problems, do not hesitate to contact Customer Support, sometimes a small change in procedure results in much greater activity and we are always happy to help.

(Posted on 9/8/2014)

Makes good kombucha Review by Dolly
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I fell in love with kombucha, but the cost of buying it in the store made me decide to make my own. Rehydrating the starter was easy and I did leave my first batch 30 days. I am on my third batch and am disappointed that no scoby forms. While I will continue to use your scoby so I can do more batches, I am a little disappointed.

Response from CFH: It may take several batches for a baby scoby to form. Please contact Customer Support before discarding any cultures.

(Posted on 7/24/2014)

Exactly what I expected. Review by Lorraine
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Simple, easy to follow directions. Everything I need, smartly and beautifully packaged.

(Posted on 7/23/2014)

Easy Review by Sue
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Great instructions. Simple to start. Waiting for scoby to rehydrate and then will start keeping kombucha in the house all the time.

(Posted on 6/18/2014)

Did not Work Review by Niantic
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Followed the directions to a tee.
After 30 days no re-hydration.
Tried a new batch 20 days later no live scoby.

Response from CFH: It is normal that there be very little or no visible change in the scoby and no baby scoby forming for a few batches. Please contact customer support for assistance before discarding anything, as most cultures can be saved with some adjustment.

(Posted on 6/6/2014)

So far, so good Review by Raeann
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I'm still waiting for the 30-day rehydration period to finish (15 days left!), and the SCOBY appears to be doing fine. The starter kit is great because I don't have pH strips lying around, and the starter booklet is much more detailed (particularly in the start-up instructions) than the little flyer that comes in the box with the SCOBY. I also appreciate having a dedicated plastic mesh strainer just for kombucha.

(Posted on 5/27/2014)



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