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 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:

 

Ingredients: Organic sugar, organic black tea

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:

Packaged in a facility that also manufactures products made with wheat, soy, eggs, nuts, and fish.


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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, 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 8/2/2013 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 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 11/20/2013 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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  • From paulette at 12/13/2013 6:52 PM

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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)

Great product and customer service Review by Emily
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I had a great experience with Cultures for Health. The kit comes with most everything you need to brew your kombucha, and the eBook that you can download for free from the website was very informational! I hydrated my scoby in a quart size mason jar, and that first batch tasted pretty strongly like vinegar. The first batch after that (still brewing with vinegar rather than tea from the previous batch) also didn't taste quite like kombucha that I've bought from the store in the past. Now, I am finally ready to bottle my third batch of kombucha (and the first batch using tea starter rather than vinegar starter) and it tastes great! I emailed and used live chat with customer service a couple times throughout the process and each time they responded quickly and were very helpful! Overall a great experience!

(Posted on 5/23/2014)

everything seems to be going well!! Review by rana
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my SCOBY seems to be rehydrating properly & growing well. the instructions were clear and helpful. i'm not quite sure why the strainer was completely necessary to include in the kit but everything else is great!!

(Posted on 5/18/2014)

terrific product Review by Mary
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so easy to use. i'm still in process of making my first batch and it's working just as advertised. i was worried i wouldn't be able to make the tea, but it appears those fears were unfounded. Thanks so much for making this available.

(Posted on 5/8/2014)

Wait and See Review by GeeJo
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The kit was perfect. Everything I needed to get started and I had the jar already. My very first batch was complete today. Unfortunately it was so vinegary that I couldn't drink any. I dumped it. My second batch is 'brewing' and I really hope that one is better. I've been looking forward to this for soooooo long! I don't what or if anything went wrong. Maybe it's supposed to be that vinegary. I've never had it before. I do think the kit was well worth the price. Your not going to find it cheaper or as complete anywhere else.

(Posted on 4/25/2014)

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 4/23/2014)

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 3/20/2014)

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 3/10/2014)

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 3/1/2014)

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 2/25/2014)

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 2/12/2014)

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 2/7/2014)



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