How to Make Kombucha?! Scoby Face Off: Amazon Scoby vs Local Scoby!

Kombucha Time! hey everyone
today I’m going to do a video on how to make kombucha we’re really curious to
try this ourselves we’ve tried a couple store-bought versions and have really
enjoyed it but obviously it’s pretty expensive so we wanted to try it
ourselves we saw that you could buy Scoby on Amazon and we decided to do a
video where we’re going to compare making kombucha with an Amazon bought
Scoby and a local bought Scoby so we want to see if there’s any difference and see
how it turns out if you don’t already know kombucha is a fermented sweet tea
with a ton of health benefits it uses bacteria in yeast which is what that
scoby is to make the journey so we will do a quick video here and show you the
difference between kombucha made with an Amazon bot Scoby and one that we bought
locally from somebody here all right guys let’s get started with this
experiment so first let’s go over a few things that you’re gonna need so you
will need some black tea I bought an organic black tea and tea bag form you
can use loose tea if you have it and I’ll give you the ratios in just a
minute you’ll need sugar white sugar and I just
bought this cane sugar and Scoby for this experiment we’re going to compare
this Amazon purchase Scoby and this local Scoby that we got from someone
here and that is actually a baby Scoby we bought it last weekend and haven’t
had time to do this yet and it formed another Scoby in there which is kind of
cool the other thing that you’ll need is a vessel this is a one gallon jar that
we got on amazon and i will put all the links to the supplies that we bought so
you guys can purchase these if you want but this is just a nice big last jar and
those are the supplies that you’ll need so your ratios I’ll pop them up on the
screen but there you’ll need eight cups of water for doing this gallon size
you’ll also need sixty bags or 12 grams of loose tea and 3/4 cup of sugar and
you want to make sure you use regular white or cane sugar like this you don’t
want to use any other types of sweetener like stevia and whatnot your your end
product won’t have that much sugar because the scoby it actually feeds off
this right now it’s sitting in this sugary black tea and that’s what it
feeds off of so in the end it really doesn’t have that much sugar because it
eats it so anyway let me go ahead and open up this Amazon Scoby so we can
check out that well I’ve been curious to see what’s inside and what that looks
like and we pull this is actually in a bag in here so that’s kind of nice I’m
gonna put the packaging over there and as you can see that’s a little better
view there you see that little Scobie right in there and it’s got a decent
amount of starter tea and you will need this starter tea to make sure that you
keep the pH of your kombucha correct so I’ll show you this step in just a little
bit here we’ll move over to the stove and start boiling some water so let’s
get started I’ve got two cups in there this is my last two cups and we’ll get
this boiling all right so the water is at a rolling
boil so I’m going to go ahead and turn it off and now we can go ahead and steep
the tea bag so I’m going to go ahead and put these 60 bags in and we’re gonna let
this sit in there for ten minutes the tea has steep and now I’m ready to
pour it in so I have four cups of brewed tea that I have heated up and I’m going
to pour it into eight cups of filtered water the purpose of this is to cool my
mixture down faster so I don’t have to wait so long to add the scoby and then
after this I can add the sugar the tea will still be warm enough that the sugar
will dissolve so here we go four cups into a cups all right you can see how nice and dark
that is once I add the sugar and then the scoby
once it actually ferments it will lighten up quite a bit but it’s supposed
to be that dark to begin with all right so our tea has already steeped and I
have already poured it into these two vessels here because we’re doing a
comparison so this one is gonna be the one for the Amazon Scoby and this one
we’ll put the local scope in so I’m gonna go ahead and pour the sugar in
here while it’s still warm and then we’ll have to let it cool down before we
add the scoby so I’m going to go ahead this one’s already got sugar
I’m pouring 3/4 cup of sugar into here into my 12 cups of liquid and you want
to leave a little bit of room and mix that in you’re gonna want to leave a
little bit of room in your jar so you don’t want to fill it all the way up to
the 16 cups all right so we’ve got our tea mixture cooled down and we’re about
ready to add the scoby which is the most important part of making kombucha I did
want to mention you always want to start with sterilized jars it’s really easy to
sterilize these jars all you need to do is mix in some warm water and white
vinegar and you can just swish it around and that’ll sterilize your jar before
you add anything into there also you can see I’ve got enough space here to add
the scoby and the starter tea so that’s why we went with 4 cups of brewed tea
and then poured it into 8 cups of water so we left you know enough room in our
16 cup jar here for adding Scobie and starter tea the starter tea will help
with the acidity of this sure all right so let’s get to it so
we’re gonna add Scooby now for sterilizing I’ve got some white vinegar
here and I’m actually gonna wash my hands in that so that way when I touch
the scoby you know it’s my hands are clean so I’m gonna carefully cut this
open here this is our Amazon Scoby and I’m opening this up right now let me set
that aside throw that in there okay so I’m actually gonna grab this Scoby out
because my hands are clean and I’m gonna carefully place it into this container
and pour in the starter tea here so you want to make sure that you’ve allowed
time for your mixture to cool down you can either just wait a few hours or you
can use a thermometer and make sure it is ninety degrees or below before you
add in the scoby or it could kill it here is the local Scoby that we bought
I’m going to go ahead and place this one in that’s a huge Scoby compared to the
Amazon one so we’ll see how all this turns out what and I’m gonna go ahead
and pour in the starter tea and you want to make sure you have cheesecloth on
hand so you can cover your jars you want to make sure that the jar has breathing
room and you’ll just secure it pull that down so there’s the Amazon one and here
is the local one and then after this we’ll find a nice dark place all right
so I found a place in our kitchen that doesn’t get a whole lot of usage so
it’ll stay dark in there so the first one there is the Amazon Scoby and then
the one behind it is the local Scoby so we’re gonna let these sit in there for
about seven to ten days and then we’ll be back to see our results so we’re going to go ahead and uncover
I’m gonna uncover the Amazon one first and we’ll see a results as you can see
that one’s not looking so healthy I’m covering the local one next so as you
can see it looks like this Amazon one it’s pretty broken up it doesn’t look
very healthy the local version looks very healthy that’s got a nice big
Scoby on top and then I can also see the layers here of the baby Scoby and
the mother Scoby so anyway I had higher hopes for this Amazon one I was hoping
you could just order but some of you may have had luck with ordering one but from
my results doesn’t look like we had a good batch here this was the exact same
process for each one but this local one looks nice and healthy well this was a
lot of fun doing this comparison we appreciate you guys joining us and I’ll
be doing part two of this where I do a second ferment only of what I brewed in
this local Scoby here but I’ll do a second ferment to show you that process
and we’ll be flavoring it with some really good fruits so anyway if you like
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