Trial and Error
Here are some things Otto has warned us about so that you have a great kombucha brew:
- Taste the brew and make sure the sweetness is to your liking. The brew moves toward a vinegar the longer it sits.
- If you refrigerate too soon after the secondary fermentation, your kombucha won't have time to release the carbon dioxide bubbles, which make it a fizzy drink.
- If you let it sit out too long, there will be too much carbonation, which can cause an explosion.
- Engage in the process. Be inspired by the growth and evolution of your kombucha and check it every day.
- Homemade kombucha shouldn't contain a significant source of alcohol, if any. While there are kombucha companies that require an ID to purchase their beverages, Otto claims his method of brewing is not alcoholic.
- When in doubt, toss it out. If it smells or tastes bad, trust your senses. Learn from your mistakes, and try again.