Category: Kombuca

Black Witches Brew Kombucha Recipe

Category: Kombuca
January 19, 2018
by BuyProbiotics

The Black Witches Brew Kombucha Recipe originates in the USA, where key ingredients such as Sarsaparilla Root and Liquorice Root have been used in fermentation for years. It’s worth noting however that while Liquorice Root has a number of health benefits, it can also be quite toxic when consumed in large amounts or for long periods of time. The toxic nature of this drink gives rise to its name. In moderation though, it has many possible health benefits. We recommend you don’t drink more than 500ml per day of Black Witches Brew Kombucha and drink it for no more than 10 days at a time. 

We have been working on our take of the popular Black Witches Brew Kombucha Recipe for a little while now. Trying to find the right balance of ingredients has taken several months. Early batches were very over powering on the taste buds and we struggled at first to get the carbonation right. Eventually we had the idea of adding brown sugar to the ingredients which is slowly fermented by the Komucha allowing for the carbonation we had been looking for.  It also adds a little sweetness to the over taste of the brew which we think really improves it. Our version offers subtle flavours of aniseed and liquorice similar to that of a root beer,  If you can get the carbonation just right and drink it chilled, it’s a fantastic take on Kombcuha.

Black Witches Brew Kombucha Ingredients (Makes 5 litres):

  • 4 Litres of Kombucha
  • 1 Litre of non chlorinated water
  • 4 Tablespoons of ground Liquorice Root
  • 4 Tablespoons of ground Star Anise
  • 1 Tablespoon of ground Sarsaparilla Root
  • 100g Brown Sugar
  • 10 Whole Star Anise.

Black Witches Brew Kombucha Recipe:

  • Black Witches Brew Kombucha is a second fermentation of Kombucha, We recommend that you ferment the Kombucha for 5 days. Full infomation on how to make Kombucha can be found here.
  • Take 1 litre if non chlorinated water, stir in the 100g of brown sugar, cover the pan and begin to let it boil.
  • Grind up your Liquorice Root, Sarsaparilla Root and Star Anise (remember to put aside 10 whole star anise for later) in a food processor or grinder. You want to roughly break these up but NOT grind them fully into a powder. This allows you to strain the majority out of the final mixture. Powder tends to pass through even the best straining tools.
  • Place the ground ingredients into the pan and stir well. Cover the pan and allow it to boil. Once the water has boiled let it simmer for 30 minutes, still with the cover over the pan. Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool back to room temperature, Usually we make ours in the evening and start the next step in the morning.
  • Take a large pan or bowel that can hold at least 5 litres of water. Strain the mixture into it trying to remove as much of the Liquorice Root, Sarsaparilla Root and Star Anise as possible. Add your 4 litres of Kombucha and stir the mixture well.
  • Take 10 x 500ml bottles and decant the liquid into them. Break up and add 1 star anise to each bottle. We find leaving some star anise inside the bottles for the rest of the fermentation really adds to the overall flavour. Leave the bottles at room temperature for 2-3 days, until good carbonation has been achieved. Check the bottles each day by gently shaking them. Good carbonation is crucial to the overall taste of Black Witches Brew Kombucha. Be careful with the carbonation. Black Witches Brew Kombucha can get very explosive, always open the bottles with care.

Once ready, chill the bottles in the fridge. You will need to strain each bottle into a glass before drinking to remove the star anise.


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Fire and Smoke - Kombucha recipe using Lapsang souchong

Category: Kombuca
September 29, 2017
by BuyProbiotics

It’s taken us a little while to perfect our “Fire and Smoke” Kombucha recipe using Lapsang souchong. It’s key ingredient, Lapsang souchong, is a Chinese smoked tea which can be very overpowering. Generally Lapsang souchong isn’t something people brew Kombucha with, but we wanted to try and find a way to incorporate its flavours into a batch. After several disasters in the kitchen, eventually we formulated a recipe that worked.

We call it Fire and Smoke Kombucha. Its a fiery ginger brew that leaves a lingering smoky aftertaste. We use camomile tea to balance the whole thing out. If your a fan of ginger beer we really recommend giving this recipe a try.

Ingredients based on 1 litre of non chlorinated water:

  • Kombucha Scoby
  • 8 teaspoons of black tea.
  • 2 teaspoons of Lapsang souchong
  • 2 teaspoons of Camomile tea
  • 2 teaspoons of chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of crystallised ginger (optional but adds a nice sweetness). Reduced the fresh ginger by 1 teaspoon if you do use it.
  • 160g white cane sugar

“Fire and Smoke” Kombucha recipe using Lapsang souchong

  1. Bring your water to 75 degrees celcius.
  2. Stir in the sugar until it has dissolved.
  3. Add the Black, Lapsang souchong and camomile teas and allow them to steep for around 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Strain the tea leaves from the mixture and allow it to cool back down to room temperature.
  5. Place you cooled mixture into your fermentation jars, add your Kombucha scoby, cover and leave for 5-7 days.
  6. Remove you scoby from the jar and add the ginger, seal the jars and leave them for 1-2 days to allow carbonation.
  7. Strain out the ginger and bottle the Kombucha. You can leave some ginger in the bottles if you like your brew really fiery
  8. Refrigerate and then enjoy!

Why drink Kombucha?

Kombucha is easily digested and provides beneficial bacteria and yeasts. Its easy and safe to make at home. A single purchase of Kombucha Scoby  from us here at Buy Probiotics can provide you with an indefinite supply of Kombucha.

Your find many health claims online about drinking Kombucha .Some with, and many without scientific backing. We don’t want to make any health claims for drinking Kombucha here at Buy Probiotics. If you have found our shop then you have probably already done some research and decided to try drinking Kombucha yourself.  All we can tell you is that everyone here has been drinking Kombucha daily for some time now, and we all feel much better for it!

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