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.
Things You'll Need
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can obtain a probiotic tea culture by ordering one online or by finding a friend who makes her own probiotic tea and asking for some of her culture. Either way, make sure you also get 2/3 cup probiotic tea starter to create your own batch. Start your batch immediately, or store your culture and probiotic tea starter for two to three days in a covered jar.
One of the most important aspects of making probiotic tea is to ensure that everything you are using is extremely clean. Take the time to sterilize your cooking pot and glass jar, and use a clean cloth. If you have the ability to use organic black tea and sugar, you will have a much higher-quality probiotic tea. Once you understand the basics of making probiotic tea, experiment by adding flavors such as ginger, fruit extracts or green tea.