1. Helping your SCOBY acclimate to its new environment (3 days). Before you can brew your first batch of Kombucha, make sure your SCOBY settles into its new environment or it could result in your colony of microorganisms dying. In order to avoid contamination, it is also key to first clean and sterilize your Mortier Pilon fermentation crock.
2. Primary fermentation (2 weeks). Once your SCOBY has settled into its new environment, it can start producing larger quantities of Kombucha. During this first fermentation stage, the SCOBY will feed on sugar and liberate carbon dioxide. The gas will pass through the porous wall of the Mortier Pilon jar, resulting in a still (non-sparkling) drink. With time and as the fermentation process goes on, the drink will become less and less sweet.
3. Secondary fermentation and flavor additions. With this step your Kombucha will become fizzy! You can also incorporate new flavors into your brew. There are lots of ways to get creative with your Kombucha! Feel free to use these flavor pairing ideas: Mango & Apricot, Strawberry & Lemonade, Coconut & Pineapple, Ginger & Turmeric, Apple & Cinnamon, Watermelon & Jalapeño, Raspberry & Blueberry, Cherry & Vanilla…
4. Continuous brewing. Once a SCOBY is well-settled in its environment, it can continue to grow healthy and provide you with delicious Kombucha! All it requires is that you never completely empty your jar; this way, you’ll preserve an optimal growth environment for your SCOBY. All you need to do next is repeat the fermentation cycle outlined above, using new sweetened tea. As your SCOBY grows, don’t hesitate to cut pieces from it and share them with your friends and family, thus initiating them to Kombucha home brewing!
5. Cleaning the jar: Hand wash with liquid soap and a sponge, air dry. Effortlessly remove the silicone sleeve to wash, simply rinse the filter. Do not use hot or boiling water, glass could break. Do not put in the dishwasher.