Kombucha – my latest obsession

My wife has come to know my phases of obsession well.  Sometimes it’s listening to the same Radiohead album for 2 months straight, other times it’s researching the true origin of the human race in the misinterpreted Masoretic text and symbolism.

For the past 6 months it’s been drinking KOMBUCHA.

Kombucha is this tasty drink made from tea fermented using bacteria culture.  It may sound gross, but I’m telling you: it’s a hell of a lot better for you than that crappy soda you keep drinking!  In fact, Kombucha IS good for you.  There are numerous independent claims that it improves health while clinical tests show no such benefits.  It has cured my gastrointestinal problems including acid reflux so bad I was coughing up blood!  Seriously, after years of suffering I started drinking Kombucha and I was magically cured!  Actually, not magically- Kombucha after fermenting contains pro-biotics similar to the stuff found in yogurt.  It also has PRE-biotics which help set up healthy colonies of bacteria and encourage positive growth in your intestinal track.  It’s like cleaning up and defragging your hard drive.

Kombucha also detoxifies your system and loads you up with B vitamins which for a vegetarian like me is a necessary supplement!

This tasty, fizzy tart drink comes with a hefty price tag of $3.50 per bottle.  Since I like to drink at least 1 per day and sometimes 2 it’s just not plausible to keep drinking this AND coffee…. and I can’t give up coffee!  I didn’t want to part with my delicious Kombucha either so I came up with a plan.  I would brew my own!

After doing some research I found that I needed to secure a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast).  A SCOBY is sometimes called a “Mother” and is similar to what is used when making vinegar.  Most of the time they strain out the mother and left over bacteria in vinegar, but if you’ve ever purchased Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar (which doesn’t filter their vinegar) you know what I’m talking about.

I mentioned to a friend that I was looking for a SCOBY.  SCOBY doo!  Where are you?!!?!?  He laughed and said someone was trying to push a mother on him just yesterday.  I asked him to hook it up and soon I was the proud owner of a goey, slimy, slippery little devil known as a SCOBY!  Riding along with the SCOBY came some detailed instructions!

I followed the directions to brew my own which I will soon add to NERD TREK so you too can enjoy the delicious drink that is KOMBUCHA!


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About Jonathan G. Nelson

Jonathan G. Nelson is the editor-in-chief and owner of NERD TREK. He is also owner/publisher at AAW Games / AdventureAWeek.com, a tabletop gaming company based in Snoqualmie, WA. Connect with Jonathan via Facebook.