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Hibiscus is the Flavor of Summer!

We’ve just bottled up our newest batches of hibiscus (pictured), lavender, and tulsi nettle kombucha!
The refreshing and light hibiscus is definitely my favorite right now and if it ever gets hot in San Francisco, it’ll be better than lemonade!

Hibiscus in the brewery.

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How We Make Our Tea!

I’ve been hearing and reading a lot of people’s opinions on brewing kombucha lately. There is a lot of information out there and especially from the internet. Some of the brewing instructions I’ve seen are just dead wrong and could potentially screw up your kombucha pretty bad, kill your SCoBY, or in some cases make folks sick.
The truth is making kombucha can be as easy or as hard as you want to make it. If you can make sweet tea once every two weeks you should be able to make kombucha.
Here’s are a few basic rules everyone should follow. The proportions of ingredients are our own and based on successful experimentation and our resources which can be provided for anyone who asks.
The directions below are for brewing about 1 gallon of kombucha, leaving enough space for your SCoBY to reproduce and breathe.

What you will need:
1 pot big enough to boil a gallon of water, tea, sugar and safely stir
1 Food grade glass gallon jar
1 measuring cup, 1 tablespoon
1 rubberband
1 steril cloth, napkin or paper towel.
1 long spoon for stirring
1 strainer (for loose tea)
1 thermometer
4 Tablespoons or 1/4 cup of organic green or black tea
1 1/4 (1.25) cups of sugar
1 cup of fully fermented kombucha w/ SCoBY
14 cups of spring or filtered water

Step 1: Sterilize EVERYTHING. Bleach works but often boiling is an easy way to get your bottling equipment, measuring cups, etc ready to be used. We suggest the Constant Brewing Method so you should only sterilize your food grade glass jar you are going to be brewing in before you do your first batch in it or if it becomes contaminated.

Step 2: Boil your water in a pot that is big enough to stir your tea safely add more ingredients and avoid spillage.

Step 3: Add 1 1/4 (1.25) cups of organic and fair trade cane sugar, remove from heat, and stir.

Step 4: Wait for your water to cool and add 4 tablespoons of selected tea loose tea or 7 bags. Black tea should be brewed in water heated to 190º F and green tea should be brewed around 175º F (*green tea pictured below.)

Step 5: After about 15 minutes of brewing, strain your loose leaf tea or pull out your tea bags.

Step 6: Wait for your sweet tea to cool to at least 80º F and add it to your food grade glass gallon jar that you are going to brew your kombucha in and add 1 cup of starter tea and then the SCoBY.

Step 7: Secure a breathable and sterile cloth or paper towel napkin to the top of your gallon jar with a tight rubber band.

Step 8: Hide your kombucha away in an area that doesn’t get direct sunlight and will maintain a temperature consistently between 70º F and 80º F for 14 days. Pour a little out on the 14th day and taste test it.

You should be able to taste when the kombucha is fully fermented. It will lose it’s sugary taste and stop tasting distinctly like the black or green tea, if you’re familiar with kombucha already you know this taste.

Step 9: Bottle and drink your finished kombucha!

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Organic Green Tea Pomegranate Kombucha!

We just bottled up some of our famous Organic Green Tea kombucha with our newest infusion flavor, POMEGRANATE!  We have both a strong and a more subtle brew that taste awesome with the organic pomegranate.  We also have our other infused blends of spirulina/chlorella Über Green Kom, and the Ginger Aw Snap (which I just made the name up for) as well as our OG flavor which is our Orginal.

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SFBA Kombucha Kollective Is Now Totally Organic/Fair Trade!

We finally bit the price bullet and switched to everything to organic and fair trade!  So from here on out our sugar as well as both our green and black teas will all be certified organic and fair trade.  All of our infusions will also be organic unless noted.

We feel strongly about striving to aid in self sufficiency for all people and simultaneously encourage more responsible farming practices.  Both unfair labor practices and environmental misuse stem from the same irresponsible, short sighted human ignorance we hope everyone in the world has seen enough of and is ready to move on from.

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Organic green and black tea starter kits available starting 3-17!

We should have a few of our prized starter kits available tomorrow, finally. To clarify, the green tea is organic and the black tea is not, sadly we are still in the process of going completely organic and fair trade. As you may know it is a bit more expensive but I personally feel a little better knowing that my tea wasn’t picked by little kids or people that get paid 3 cents a day.

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