Kombucha is a cultured and fermented tea that with the help of a SCOBY — a symbiotic community of bacteria and yeast — becomes tangy, lightly sparkling, and full of probiotics. Many people want to learn to brew kombucha at home so that they can customize the flavourings, sugar levels, and carbonation of this exceptionally healthy beverage. As a bonus, you save money and can drink more kombucha!
In this hands-on class, Rebekka Hutton of Alchemy Pickle will walk you through the whole process of kombucha brewing, and answer all of your questions on safety issues, selecting tea and flavourings, SCOBY care, bottling, and carbonation, as well as sourcing ingredients and equipment. There will be a wide range of different kinds and flavours of kombuchas to sample, along with a light snack. Participants will leave with enough starter, organic sugar, and a choice of organic tea to brew 2-4 litres at home.
For those keen to jump into kombucha brewing, Rebekka can optionally provide the following items on request:
- larger brewing jars: 2L ($5) or 4L ($10),
- a healthy SCOBY ($20, but not required),
- a copy of The Big Book of Kombucha by Hannah Crum ($30),
- or additional tea in bulk (bring a container, price TBD).
Please contact Rebekka ahead of the workshop so she can bring those for you.
Rebekka Hutton is the pickle maker and owner of Alchemy Pickle Company. With over 15 years in the hospitality industry, and extensive experience in the tourism, non-profit, and environmental sectors, Rebekka brings unsurpassed skill and passion for sharing knowledge and sustainable, healthy food in order to help grow the good food movement in Canada. Her experience as a cook, program facilitator, fundraiser, and urban farmer are the key to building a food business that draws people who want to learn more about what they put onto their plate.
Alchemy Pickle Company produces regional and seasonal fermented vegetable pickles, sauerkraut and kimchi, and naturally carbonated kombucha with produce purchased direct from Southern Ontario farmers. Since 2012 Rebekka has worked with certified organic farmers, and sells her products through 35 retail partners in the GTA and beyond.
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