Look! I made this!
(AND I drank it and haven't died!)
I'm a big fan of kombucha, but the idea of making something that's fermented was a little scary to me and rightfully so- the fermenting process goes against everything I've ever been taught about food safety and leaving things out, growing bacteria, etc.
If you enjoyed science experiments as a kid, this is right up your alley.
Basically, you make tea, add sugar, put it in a big jar with this sorta creepy looking bacteria/yeast blob that looks like a wet rubbery biscuit and let it sit on a shelf in your pantry for a few weeks. Added bonus, you can hide your favorite snacks behind it. It definitely detours husbands looking to eat all of the cookies :).
I'm not going to pretend to be an expert by any means, so instead of telling you how to do it, I'll direct you to the experts that I've looked to:
First off, this post comparing the costs of buying kombucha vs. making yoru own is what inspired me give it a go.
I purchased the Goldfinch Kombucha Kit at Whole Foods. Their instructions were really straightforward and simple to follow.
This had a bunch of helpful tips, photos and explanations as well.
For my first round, I chose to keep the flavors simple, mainly because I wanted to make sure everything tasted right. I kept a few plain and added pommagranate juice to a few. I'm excited to try some of these suggestions in the future.
Finally, I got my bottles from Bob's Homebrew Supply
I've already got my second batch fermenting in my pantry! SO I'd call this experiment a success!