Kombucha Beer Results / New Batch
By Elijah Bernstein-Cooper, September 2, 2015, 0 comments.

Kombucha Beer

A couple weeks ago I tried brewing a kombucha beer. I fed the scoby 2 Qrts of the wort from a Session Irish Red Ale, and 1 Qrt of kombucha starter, 4 tea bags and 1/4 C sugar. This is not worth repeating. The kombucha is vinegary and flat. Perhaps I let the kombucha ferment for too long, between 1.5 and 2 weeks. If one were to try this again, I recommend fermenting for a week only.

I might have more success if I used the pre-boiled wort to feed the scoby. The hops may very well be hostile to the scoby.

New Batch

Brewing a new batch. A simple one.

Execution

  1. Fermented the scoby on 9/2 with 3.5 Qrts water steeped in 4 bags of oolong, 4 bags of English Breakfast and 1 C sugar.

  2. Bottled on 9/9. A little too sweet. Waiting for another three days, so 10 days total would benefit the drink.

  3. Added back to fermenter with scoby on 9/14. It was too sweet.

  4. Bottled on 9/18. Perfect amount of sweetness / vinegar. Average temperature was around 70 deg F.