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21 Things #11 : Kombucha and other disgusting teas

Posted by Nikki Yeager on May 12, 2011 at 3:36 PM

As everyone knows, I'm only about 1/2 way through my 21 things. I've knocked off a ton of the big things (5 course meal, sky diving, flying a plane, etc.) but still have a bunch of the small things left (getting a Chinese Massage, skinny dipping, etc.).

One of the seemingly insignificant things finally happened the other day - trying Kombucha and Aloe teas.

Let's talk about the Kombucha first.

I know it seems silly and a little stupid, but fermented tea terrifies me. All my friends swoon over the magical healing properties in this particular Chinese remedy but I've always stayed comfortably perched on the fence.

It cures hangovers! It tastes delicious! It energizes you! It clears your skin! It's better than yogurt for your insides!

All that being said, when I look into a bottle of Kombucha I see nothing past the appearance - a weird brownish blend of vinegary smelling tea with mold floaties swirling around the bottom.

Icky.

So I decided to face my tea fear head on and brew my own Kombucha. All it took was a SCOBY (kombucha culture) that looks something like a pancake mixed with a slug, some hot tea, sugar and a glass container to brew it all in. 5-9 days later and *voila* kombucha is made.

It's sort of stinky and pretty gorss... but definitely drinkable. I'll post my reviews of Aloe teas and other ones that scare my tastebuds senseless in the next few days. But for now, here's my HomeBrewed Kombucha Video.



Let me know how you feel about this particular beverage. As always, I'm super curious!

Categories: 21 Days of my 21st

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