Kombucha Starter Kit
7 hand-picked ingredients and supplies to get you started!
Get your kombucha fix at home—it’s as easy as steeping tea! Perfect for beginners and expert fermenters, making your own kombucha lets you get your probiotics the DIY way. This kit includes 7 hand-picked ingredients and supplies to get you started; just add water.
For more information, take a look at our How to Make Kombucha Tea article.
TOTAL TIME: 30 days to activate, then 7-30 days per batch
ACTIVE TIME: 15 minutes per batch
Hand-Picked Ingredients & Supplies
Glass Quart-Sized Jar, Water
In This Kit:
Our Kombucha Tea Starter Culture (SCOBY) consists of bacteria and yeast existing in a symbiotic relationship. When added to sweet tea and allowed to sit at room temperature for 7 to 30 days, it transforms the tea into a tart, probiotic-rich drink with a carbonated zing! Transfer the SCOBY from one batch to another to make kombucha over and over and over again!
- Culturing Temperature: 68° - 85°F
- Culturing Time: 7 to 30 days per batch
- Ingredients: Organic sugar, organic black tea, live active cultures.
- Allergen Information: Manufactured in a facility that also processes products containing soy and dairy | Non-GMO | Gluten-free | Vegan
- Storage: Shelf stable. Freezer storage is not recommended.
- Care: With the proper care, this culture can be used indefinitely. Culture away from potential contaminants (trash cans, other foods, etc.) with correct ingredients and ratios.
Organic white cane sugar gives us the most reliable results when brewing kombucha. We've provided enough in this kit for activating your SCOBY and 3 more quart-sized batches. Use 1/4 cup sugar for each quart-sized batch.
- 95% Organic Cane Sugar
- 7.65 oz. bag (1 cup)
- Sugar is a key component of making kombucha tea. It's the "food" that the starter culture thrives on.
Using Organic White Distilled Vinegar ensures an appropriately acidic environment, so we've included 8 fl. oz. of it in this kit. Use according to starter culture instructions.
- Organic White Distilled Vinegar
- 8 fl. oz. bottle
- To keep your SCOBY healthy, you will need to add an acidic liquid to the tea before culturing. This not only contributes to the tang of kombucha but helps keep away unwanted "bad" bacteria.
Brewing kombucha requires real tea (camellia sinensis). We've found plain organic black tea works best, so we've included 8 bags of Organic Black Tea in the kit to get you through activating your SCOBY and 3 more quart-sized batches. Use 2 tea bags for each quart-sized batch. We recommend waiting to experiment with other teas until you've used up these 8 bags and have a reliably culturing SCOBY.
- 8 Organic Black Tea bags
- Contains caffeine
- Botanical Name: Camellia sinensis
This fine-weave butter muslin makes a great jar cover, keeping away unwanted critters and protecting your kombucha as it cultures. Cut it to fit the size of your jar and re-use over and over with kombucha batches.
- 1 square yard (91 cm x 91 cm)
- 100% unbleached cotton
This stick-on thermometer makes it easy to keep an eye on the temperature of your kombucha and help you feel assured you are culturing at the right temperature. Just adhere to your glass jar and you're ready to go!
- Measures in both Fahrenheit and Celcius
- Range: 58° - 88°F (14° - 31°C)
- Material: Adhesive Tape: Double-Coated Adhesive Tape | Covering Film: Polyester 5 mil stock | Color Change Material: Non toxic mixture of liquid crystal esters
- Shelf Life: 12 months when stored at room temperature. Can last up to several years if stored and used in proper conditions such as being stored at room temp, kept away from UV light, and not exposed to moisture and solvents.
- Accuracy: - 30 to 59°C ±1°C | 60 to 89°C ±2°C | 90 to 120°C ±3°C | 75µ
As your kombucha tea cultures it will become more acidic and the pH will drop. Use these strips to test your kombucha batches once a week to see how it's progressing. But remember, smell, taste, and appearance are the best indicators of when your kombucha is "done".
- 25 pH strips
Tips & Tricks
THE JAR: We recommend using a glass jar for making homemade kombucha. You will need one large enough to hold one quart of liquid.
THE WATER: Kombucha cultures best with water that is as free from contaminants as possible. We suggest using water free from chlorine and fluoride. You can get this by:
(1) Filtering water at home (just check your filter to make sure it removes chlorines and fluorides)
(2) Purchasing bottled spring water in a jug from a grocery store (just check the label, make sure there aren't electrolytes or other additives in it)
WANT MORE INFO? Choosing Water for Making Kombucha
Watch our How-To Video to learn how to activate the SCOBY, step by step!
Watch our How-To Video to learn how to make regular batches of kombucha, step by step!
A healthy SCOBY is a happy SCOBY. Follow these guidelines to help ensure your SCOBY lasts a lifetime!
- Use the right ingredients, experimenting is best saved for extra SCOBYs.
- Let your sweet tea cool to room temperature before adding your SCOBY.
- Use an acidic liquid (distilled white vinegar or starter tea) to keep away "bad" bacteria.
- Keep your culturing kombucha away from direct sunlight, trash cans or other potential contaminants.
- Make sure you're culturing in an area that's between 68º and 85º F.
There are endless ways to flavor finished kombucha! While it's perfectly fine to drink kombucha plain, there's a certain fun in experimenting with flavoring.
You can also add extra fizziness by bottling kombucha for a second fermentation period.
LEARN MORE: Flavoring & Bottling Kombucha Tea