KOMBUCHA ~ The Elixer of Life!

Kraut, Kimchi ..Kombucha!

Kombucha is a fermented drink like beer and wine. Very low alcohol (under 10%). Kombucha is called a tea, made from (1) Yeast, (2) Sugar, and (3) Black tea. Renew your interest in this fermented tea to improve your health. Make a difference in your life. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Start now. [ Note: The sugar is fermented out via scoby / yeast culture. ]


Ginger Kombucha

First STEP: Grow kombucha scoby ⬅️ link

Kambucha Recipe

  • Servings: 1 gallon-16 serv.
  • Difficulty: medium-easy
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1 Scoby purchased or grow komucha scoby from a bottle
1 Cup sugar (sugar needed to feed the fermentation)
5 Organic black tea bags (or 1 tablespoon loose tea)(can use green tea, but not the first batch)
1 Gallon Jar to store kombucha
2 Fresh Ginger (3-inch pieces) Vary to taste.
Glass bottles for storage
2 Cups brewed Kombucha

DIRECTIONS how to make kombucha recipe 1 gallon

1. Everything must be sanitized. I cannot stress this enough. When dealing with fermenting anything it is crucial every piece is clean and sanitized. Wash your hands and all equipment used before you begin. I like to run everything through my dishwasher before I make and bottle. My husband and I brew our own beer and make our own wine. So we are very familiar with making sure everything is super clean and sanitized.
2. Measure out 3.5 quarts of water and place in a pot on the stove. Heat the water until boiling. Some people insist on using distilled water. Boiling filtered water from our fridge has worked perfect for me, and I have been making this for nearly a year.
3. Turn off the heat and add 1 cup of sugar. Stir the sugar until it is completely dissolved. Then add 5 organic black tea bags. This is the brand I use and for the first fermentation from your homemade scoby you should use black tea for a strong brew. Cover the pot so not much water escapes. After you have brewed the kombucha you can then use a combination of black and green tea. But you should have at least a 3 black tea and 2 green for later brews
4. Wait for the tea to cool. It must cool to room temperature before adding the scoby. If not you risk damaging your precious scoby you grew from scratch. Once it is completely cooled, pour the tea into the clean 1 gallon jar and add 2 cups of your previous brew. Then add the homemade scoby to the top.
5. Store in the 1 gallon glass jar with a cloth (cheese cloth-doubled) covered lid with a rubber band. This allows the kombucha to breathe without getting any additional bacteria or fruit flies in your brew. Store in a dark closet that remains cool through out the day and someplace no one will touch it. It needs to remain still to grow the scoby and create the bubbles.
6. Allow to brew for at least 7 days. It may take 10-12 days, depending on the temperature in your home. During the winter months, I allow a little longer brew. Right now 8 days is the perfect time for the flavor and creating the carbonation.

IMPORTANT: The bacteria in kombucha is considered a probiotic. But, if not prepared properly harmful bacteria or mold grows on your scoby Green or gray spots is a sign of mold. Another sign of mold when your scoby is dull and fuzzy looking. NOT glossy. Discard the scoby and start over. TIP: Use cane sugar or white, not honey, stevia, raw or coconut sugar. When shopping for kombucha, it may be best to choose brands that contain under 4 grams (1 teaspoon) of added sugar per serving. TREND: Add turmeric & black pepper Ratio: 100/1. How much? 1 tsp. of turmeric per gal. + a pinch of black pepper. You should not be able to taste the turmeric.

Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast (SCOBY) is a culinary symbiotic fermentation culture (starter) consisting of lactic acid bacteria (LAB), acetic acid bacteria (AAB), and yeast. .. provided by Wikipedia.com.

Put a jug in your fridge: Gallon dispensers (5.5 cups) with a spout. (as seen in IKEA.com, Canada)

It Tastes Like Vinegar!

Not true ~ Kombucha is delightfully tart and fizzy. Ginger adds a warm and spicy punch!

Kombucha can be made into vinegar – fermentation period –>6-10 weeks. Use in salad dressings! Other uses: mayonnaise (add 2 tbsp to your mayo recipe). Hair Tonic, Facial Toner, House Cleaner and Healthy Gummies <–recipe.

Criminal Minds At Work!

Mandy Patinkin (actor – Criminal Minds +plus) is a proud advocate of kombucha [kämˈbo͞ochə]!…or Kambuka?
Anyway you say it ~ it ‘s all good!

Kvass – Similar to Kombucha


When life gives you stale rye bread, it’s time to make bread kvass!

Kvass is an ancient fermented cereal-based, low alcoholic drink. Kvass is known to reduce the risk of cancer. When it comes to taste, kvass is similar to kombucha. Kvass is a rich source of manganese, vitamin B12, selenium, niacin, iron, copper, and magnesium.

Making Kombucha. This is my favorite video.
He said it best!

New Year’s Resolution : “GOOD HEALTH!”

Make Kombucha ..drink ..daily.. like water! See the change and let me know about it. You will be helping .. yourself .. and a lot of other people! Spread the news. 🧑🏼‍🤝‍🧑🏻 👩🏽‍🤝‍👩🏻 👍🏽 🧑🏼‍🤝‍🧑🏻 👩🏽‍🤝‍👩🏻


Stir In Romance – by Karin Vagiste

Karin Vagiste, Mediator, Author & Producer

AWARDS AND HONORS: (1) International Award of Excellence for her Peace-Building Strategies as a Mediator during her time at the Attorney General’s ADR Office. [ New York, USA]
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No matter how nasty your dispute may be, it can mark the beginning of positive change. No couple is The blame game is all too common with couples, so before you begin peace talks, there are two ground rules that you and your partner need to agree on. First agree to listen to each other respectfully, that includes without judging what is said. Certain negative habits are hard to break, so to ensure a much smoother resolution of your problem, here’s the next ground rule. If either one of you feels criticized or put down in some way, then agree to gently remind the other person that you’ve both agreed to keep your conversation nice.

Every problem-solving conversation involves asking questions, but when under stress it’s hard to know which questions to ask. Too many talks end up in fights because questions are accusatory in nature. The next series of questions are a shortened and simplified version of the mediation questions that a professional mediator would ask. These questions provide a solid conversation guide for your peace talks.

The first question may seem unnecessary because you believe you already know how your partner sees the conflict. But the truth is that we don’t see things as they really are, we see things as we are. We all have filters that distort reality to some degree. So, question number one is, how do you see our conflict? When they finish talking, ask if there is anything else they’d like to add. Now wait patiently for their reply … count to ten or bite your tongue. What you hear next just might surprise you. You will also share your view of the conflict. Next explore what is important to each of you about this troublesome issue. Dig a little deeper and find out why this is important. If frustrations build, take a short break by excusing yourself to go for a glass of water or visit the washroom.

Here are the remaining questions. What do you need in order to solve our problem? What underlying interests are connected to your need? For example, if someone needs privacy, their underlying, or supporting interests might be to study a new language and meditate. Write up a list of these supporting interests. When you compare your interests explore where some of your interests overlap with their interests. Do take into consideration even remotely similar interests. This overlap area is known as common ground. It marks a wonderful shift, because you no longer feel like adversaries. You see each other as allies moving in the same direction together.                              


Create ways to address the requirements of your common interests first. Then explore a number of ways to meet needs. In the last phase you agree on a solution. If stalemate should occur in your peace talks, select the relevant questions from the twenty-two questions that are outlined in FIRST AID FOR STRESS, which can be ordered from http://www.lowerstress.me These questions serve to redirect your stressed-out, exhausted emotions into a productive collaboration. You will find some brain-teaser questions to lighten the mood. Laughter helps clear the air of any tension and is the shortest distance between two people.

Celebrate your glorious breakthrough to a resolution. There’s no need for a big celebration … just buying matching mugs will do. Your relationship has become stronger and the good news is that future disputes will not appear as daunting. And best of all, peace of mind leads to a joyous heart that that can arouse robust, romantic unions.

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