New Post at:My Kombucha's Not Bubbly? By Donna Schwenk
Nothing is more important to me than having my kombucha be bubbly. When it is not.. well it hurts my feelings. Seriously it does. I need the fizz. It's important to me. It also means that I have not given these microbes enough food to do their job. I have to do my part so they can do a good job for me. We are a team whether I can see them or not. They are there working their hardest for me. It's my job to give them what they need and they will do the rest.
Let me explain to you how it all works. When making kombucha, the tea will form a scoby on top and it will be the size of the opening of your jar. It will form a seal and this will let the yeasts in kombucha seal in the naturally occurring carbonation. Then the yeast will begin to consume the sugars in the tea and the by-product of this is a natural carbonation. Just as yeast makes bread rise, the good yeast in kombucha make your tea bubbly. One certain yeast found is called Saccharomyces boulardii. It is used as the number one pro biotics used in hospitals, called florastor. It is abundant in kombucha and believe me when I tell you that you need this in your body. It helps a myriad of processes.
We don't talk a lot about yeasts except for Candida so most think that yeasts are bad in general and this is not true. Yeasts just like bacteria are very important and can help strengthen the body. When harmful yeasts become dominate and the good yeast are weakened, that is when trouble ensues. Yeasts, when they are establishing dominance within you, do this by shooting at each other until one becomes dominate by destroying the other. Think of it like a shoot out in the old corral. One will remain and dominate the other will diminish.
Enough about these good yeast and back to how to make you tea bubbly. The yeasts eat the sugar and make carbonation. When they run out of food they die off and then your kombucha turns to vinegar and you will lose your carbonation. So the secret is to get your kombucha right when it is not too sweet but not sour. This is the perfect time to drink kombucha and also has the most benefits. Many think the more sour it is the better. This is not true, because then you lose the yeast that help your body flourish because they have died off.
If you want super bubbly fruit flavored kombucha, here is the trick. Make your first fermented kombucha tea. Don't let it get overly sour. Bottle it with your fruit juice when it is still just a tiny bit sweet. Add your juice and cap off the air by placing in bottles and the yeasts will go crazy eating the sugars out of your tea and making you lots of bubbles. When it turns too sour on your first ferment the yeasts have died and can't do their job of making your tea bubbly. When you cap off the air in your second ferment they do their job more efficiently. This is why it is usually more bubbly than the first ferment.
One more time:
Make a batch of kombucha. Don't let it get too sour. It should still be a tiny bit sweet. You can stop here and bottle it or ferment again with juice.
To add fruit flavored. Add your fruit juice to your bottles, then add your kombucha tea and cap. Let this sit for one to three weeks. This depends on the temperature of your home.
Check your bottles after a week to see if they are to your liking and bubbly or leave them to ferment longer.
Place in the fridge when done.
Don't let it get too sour. That's the secret to bubbly kombucha. Work with these yeast microbes and they will work for you. Give them the food they want and then they will consume the sugars so you don't have to. In return they will give you bubbliness for all your effort. I love this so much! They do the work and I receive the benefits.
I am intense about the bubbles. It's important to me. I ♥ them.