The Big Book of Kombucha: Brewing, Flavoring, and Enjoying the Health Benefits of Fermented Tea
The Best Kombucha Book
The Big Book of Kombucha is the most referenced book on this health drink on the market today. Having tried a variety of store-bought kombucha, it was time to start the journey of making kombucha for my family and me to enjoy. The Big Book of Kombucha is the book that I turned to for more information, and I am glad that I did.
The book is written in an easy-to-read, simple format that speaks from a place of extensive knowledge and understanding of kombucha, which allows the authors to share their knowledge in a simple and straightforward manner for interested readers.
The Big Book of Kombucha gives you a journey of knowledge in five parts.
- Getting Started
- Just Brew It!
- It's More Than a Health Drink
- Cooking with Kombucha
- The Story of Kombucha
It follows up with a very nice and resourceful and resource-filled appendix. Let's take a look into the parts to give you a little more information on why this is a great book for anyone who enjoys kombucha at any level to own and learn from.
If you're a beginner kombucha brewer or even somewhat experienced, YOU NEED THIS BOOK!!— Janelle M
The first part of this book delves into the relationship between the body and bacteria. Which may sound a little gross, but in actuality bacteria is so prevalent in our world and beginnings that we need to understand our existence with bacteria better to be healthier. When you realize that there are 9 bacteria for every one human cell in or on your body, it begins to be a little startling. Humans contain four pounds of bacteria on or in their body and not many people will tell you that.
The part of the book begins to set the foundation for the relationship between fermented foods/drinks and the body. Explaining that kombucha is not a cure all, but that it helps to create some changes to the body and that those changes may be beneficial to your body and health. Diving into how the body functions and is developed and explaining the reason for the responses to ingesting Kombucha. Some of the ideas presented in the book were supported in several Tedx Talks, the one that sticks out to me was from Tedx Danubia.
Part one continues into the parts of kombucha. Explaining what the Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast (SCOBY), different types of tea and how they change kombucha, and basic solutions for making this elixir.
I found it interesting it also breaks down what caffeine is for people to understand it better and explains how to adjust the caffeine levels within the kombucha to suit what you want. And proceeds to explaining how different sugars can even change it and how these different sugars do change the kombucha.
Just Brew It!
Part two of The Big Book of Kombucha walks you through the brewing process. Giving a basic recipe for a batch of kombucha in multiple quantities for whatever your desires are. Even explaining the general amount of days for different sweetness to bitterness levels for the batch.
The SCOBY is the heart of everything that happens, and there are options for storage, dividing, and growing your SCOBY. The Just Brew It portion discusses and explains these options and exposes many issues that many probably have not thought about or were aware of. This section even explains different methods to make kombucha: batch, continuous, barrel to help creators find the method that works best for them.
The third part ends with one of the most interesting topics...flavoring your mix and some help troubleshooting possible issues that may arise. Exploring the endless flavor possibilities and creating new options while reading this is always fun.
“This is the one go-to resource for all things kombucha.”— Andrew Zimmern, James Beard Award–winning author and host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods
It's More Than a Health Drink
The third part of the information journey is packed full of good stuff. Starting with what different flavors are good matches and what those ingredients are good for. For example...
High in vitamins C and K, blackberries impart a gorgeous color along with a nutritional punch. Try mellowing the tart bite of the berry with some fresh sage.— The Big Book of Kombucha
Because of the information being presented by people who have first hand experience and have paid attention to what they are doing, the book provides condensed information and helps people when they start to experiment themselves. Personally, I didn't know sage would help to mellow some of the bitterness out and it opens several doors for me in regards to flavoring now.
But Part 3 gives so much information on flavorful drinks, medical, super-food blends, and much more. I am impressed with the dynamic of drinks that the authors thought about and tried to provide so much to the reader in such a simple and elegant way. This section alone makes the book into a reference book for me.
Cooking With Kombucha
Part Four is a rather surprising section for many people who are just starting to learn about kombucha or have simply enjoyed it as a store bought beverage from time to time. This section covers everything from making kombucha into a vinegar and great tidbits such as kombucha vinegar generally contains 2 percent acetic acid compared to most commercial vinegar having 4 to 7 percent, and this is the reason that kombucha vinegar is more mild.
This section contains a large quantity of recipes. From making vinegar and flavored vinegar to making cheese all the way to the other end of making "Scoby Sashimi". The recipes are interesting and it takes a little adventurous spirit to try them all, but you only have one life and it's time to live it!
The Story of Kombucha
The last part of this book is interesting and fun. Going back to several of the more prominent stories about the beginning of kombucha and then starting a timeline back to 6,000 BCE and going all the way to 2015 with kernels of information all the way through. It ends up the kombucha is much like kefir, mead, and other dietary aids and/or foods that are extremely traditional and making a come back - no one really knows.
The additional more modern history is rather fun to read as well. Did you know, that in 2010 there were issues with kombucha and the legal system in the United States because some kombucha has Alcohol by Volume (ABV) over 0.5% and inspectors requested it to be removed from shelves?
This book is awesome! it has every thing you need to know about kombucha.— S.C.
There are several appendices that cover information from the chemical break-down of kombucha to medical research on how kombucha benefits diabetes and many other health issues as well as providing a brewing log to help you be more effective and organized in your experiments with kombucha.
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