Kombucha, a fizzy, slightly tart fermented beverage, is believed to have healthful properties, aiding digestion and even possibly improving the immune system. A bottle in the store will set you back a few Georges, but you can brew it at home for a fraction of the cost.
Brewing the 'Booch
Kombucha's fermentation comes from a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, aka a SCOBY. It ain't pretty, resembling a slimy slab of rubber, but it is pretty easy to develop. All you need is tea, sugar and patience. (Image via Eating Rules)
Tea not your thing? You can make kombucha with coffee, as well. Here's how. (Image via Sarah99)
Over time, your SCOBY will grow. You can split it up and share with fellow brewers, but even then you'll end up with too much. Chop it up and dehydrate it with sugar to make a chewy candy. (Or, get this, make it into clothing
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