How to Make Your Own Probiotic Tea

By Kay Hammer

Probiotic tea, also popularly known as kombucha tea, is used widely for its many claimed health benefits. You can easily find probiotic tea in a health food store; but if you tend to drink a lot or just enjoy experimenting in the kitchen, it is much more fun to make your own.

Step 1

Bring 4 quarts purified water to a boil in the large sterile stainless steel cooking pot. Decrease the heat to a simmer, and add four or five black tea bags. Let them steep for 20 minutes, then remove the tea bags. Turn off the heat. Add 2 cups sugar. Let this sit until completely cooled.

Step 2

Pour the cooled tea into a large glass jar. Add 2/3 cup probiotic tea starter, and carefully place the probiotic tea culture on top.

Step 3

Cover the jar with a clean cloth (muslin, a cotton napkin or a clean dish towel). Secure the cloth to the jar with a large rubber band.

Step 4

Let your probiotic tea sit in a warm, dark place for 10 to 12 days. The longer the tea sits, the stronger it will become. Test the tea by scooping out a small amount with a sterile ladle.

Step 5

When your tea is done, remove the probiotic tea culture and 2/3 cup tea to start your next batch. Keep the tea in the glass jar or transfer it to bottles. Store in the refrigerator.