Can you use kombucha to ferment dairy milk? Yes! Here’s how to make yoghurt (yogurt) at home using a kombucha scoby.
Did you know you can make your own kombucha yogurt? Homemade kombucha scoby yogurt is surprisingly simple.
If you’ve spent any time at all on a kombucha or general fermented foods forum, you will know the huge variety of fermentation cultures that are out there.
If you’re looking for fermented vegetable recipes, you’ll be hearing about saurkraut, kimchi, cortido, kvass, dill pickles. If you want something fizzy to drink, there’s kombucha, jun, and water kefir.
If you want a dairy ferment, there’s milk kefir, lassi, ordinary yogurt (or yoghurt – depending on where you live. I slide between the two spellings.) and Caspian Sea yogurt (sometimes known as Caucasian yogurt). There’s the coconut milk versions of each of them, too. And that’s not even touching on the cheese options available.
If you’re exploring the world of fermented foods and drinks, you’ll no doubt come across talk about milk kefir. Milk kefir culture is increasingly popular due to its probiotic and antioxidant properties, its yummy flavor, and because it is super easy to make at home. Continue reading “What is Milk Kefir?”
Are you wondering if you have a kombucha allergy? Or some sort of kombucha reaction? Sometimes when people start drinking kombucha they report feeling a bit unwell, or having a touch of “kombucha nausea”. For some people this sick feeling is a good thing – it’s your gut biome getting used to the new healthy probiotics. But for other people it is a sign they should stop drinking kombucha.
I particularly wanted to look at the following research article as it is often quoted as evidence that kombucha is dangerous and shouldn’t be recommended as a health food. I think it is worth having a closer look at what it is actually saying so we can make up our own minds about it.
Does kombucha need to be refrigerated? How long do kombucha’s probiotics survive in the fridge? Looks like kombucha is much happier not being refrigerated.
Does kombucha need to be refrigerated?
Okay, so you’ve brewed your first batch of kombucha, and it’s all bottled and delicious. And now you’re up against the very next question. What about kombucha storage? Do you have to keep kombucha refrigerated? How long does kombucha last? What happens if kombucha is not refrigerated?
What do I do with my Scobys when I want a break from making kombucha?
If you’re wondering how to take a break from kombucha, the first question to ask yourself is how long a break do you want? Are you going on holiday for a couple of weeks and need to know that your scoby will still be alive when you come back? Or are you looking for a longer break? Maybe you like kombucha as a summer drink, but just don’t drink cold drinks during winter, so you want to keep your scoby safe through winter until springtime.
What you need is a scoby hotel.
What is a scoby hotel, you ask?
Well, for short breaks, you can just put all your scobys together into a big jar of sweet tea on the bench – just like brewing kombucha, but for longer.
That jar of scobys is your scoby hotel. It is a good solution for short or medium term storage (up to about six months).