- 1 cup of sugarwhite refined
- 6-8 Black tea bagsgreen tea bags or a combination. You can use 2 Tablespoons of loose tea if you prefer
- 3 ½ Quarts of water
- 2 cup of kombucha teaor starter tea from the last brew
- 1 SCOBY
- ¼ cup of chia seeds
- 1 cup of warm water
- 1 cup of non – flavored kombucha
If you are experimenting with different flavors in your kombucha, you may want to try chia seeds. Adding flavors to an already delicious tasting drink is not only delicious but a great way to get even more beneficial vitamins and minerals to help you become a healthier you. The chia seeds are packed with healthy benefits such as Omega – 3 fatty acids, proteins, fiber, aids in the control of diabetes, boosts energy levels, and helps with your digestive system. With calcium, vitamins A, B, E, and also D, chia seeds can assist in stronger teeth and bones, build muscle, help with weight loss, and build up the immune system to fight certain cancers.
This recipe is easy to do and doesn’t require a lot of time or ingredients. In fact, you just need three ingredients to add this flavoring to your basic kombucha recipe; water, kombucha and chia seeds.
- Stock pot
- 1 gallon glass jar
- 6 plastic soda bottles, washed and sterilized for reuse
- Small funnel
- Measuring spoon/cups
- Coffee filters
- Rubber bands
Remove the tea bags from the tea and pour into the gallon sized glass jar. Add the remaining ingredients. When adding the Scoby, handle with clean hands or clean utensils so you don't transfer bad bacteria onto the Scoby, which is packed with good bacteria.
Seal it up
Place about two coffee filters over the lid to seal it up but allow it to get a little oxygen. Secure the coffee filters in place with the rubber bands.
Start First fermentation
Separate into bottles
Once the kombucha is ready, you can then lift the scoby out of the jar and set it in a clean container with 2 cups of kombucha for your next brew. Pour the kombucha directly into the six pop bottles you washed and sanitized using a small funnel. Leave approximately one-half inch space to the top to add your chia flavoring.
Start Second Fermentation
Since we don't add the chia seeds until after the kombucha is done, we have one more step to take. Place the lids on the soda bottles and then store it for three days in a dark place away from any direct light. After three days, check your bottles. If you try to squeeze them but they are too hard to squeeze, then the fermentation is complete.
Adding the Flavoring
You will need to rehydrate the chia seeds before you add them to the kombucha. They will have a gel consistency when ready.
Prepare the chia seeds
Bring the water to a very warm heat, but not too hot.
Add Chia Seeds
Check the temperature
You don't want the chia gel to be over 85 degrees so check the temperature to make sure. If it is over 85 degrees, you will need to allow it to cool before adding it to your kombucha.
Add to Kombucha
Once the chia gel is cooled down, add mixture to kombucha bottles and drink.
Enjoy this great tasting recipe any time but it is definitely good when you are not feeling your best or if you need a little help in losing weight or toning up.