Essential Equipment for Brewing and Fermenting Delicious Kombucha

Essential Equipment for Brewing and Fermenting Delicious Kombucha

What is kombucha?

Kombucha is a fermented tea drink. The basic ingredients in kombucha are yeast, sugar, and black tea. The mixture is set aside for a week or more. During that time, bacteria and acids form in the drink, as well as a small amount of alcohol. This process is known as fermentation. After fermentation is finished, kombucha contains vinegar, B vitamins, and many other types of acids like amino acids.

During kombucha fermentation, the bacteria and acids form a film on top of the liquid called a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). You can use a SCOBY to ferment the next batch of kombucha.

How to make kombucha?

To make the “mother” (1 to 4 weeks) – Make a SCOBY

To make the actual kombucha (6 to 10 days) – First Fermentation (During the first fermentation, yeast converts sugar to alcohol and bacteria convert alcohol to acid.)

To carbonate the kombucha (3 to 10 days) – Second Fermentation

What equipment is needed to make kombucha?

1) A kettle tank

2) A hot water tank

3) A heat exchanger for cooling the kombucha tea. Some brewers might also cool the mixture by mixing cool city water.

4) An open fermentation tank

5) An isobaric fermentation tank

6) A glycol chiller and glycol water tank

7) A CIP cart unit or portable pump

8) A brite tank for commercial kombucha brewing equipment

9) A brewing and fermentation controller

10) A filter machine

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