Dr Julie Durnan

7 Days to Homemade Kombucha

Kombucha Mason JarsI recently met a lovely family at the clinic – one of the family members was suffering from indigestion. Among other things, I recommend to this patient: “You will really benefit from introducing a fermented drink into your diet everyday. This drink is called Kombucha.”

The patient replied: “Gesundeit!”.

He made a funny joke and I totally appreciate it. This is why I love my job!!

But not everyone knows what the heck Kombucha is.

So here’s the story:

Your gut – it isn’t just a sterile organ system that processes food. It’s so much more than that.

Your gut is very much alive.

Inside your digestive tract are approximately 100 trillion organisms!

These bacteria, also called microbiota, work together in concert to help us to digest food, to support our immune systems, to keep our brains, and hearts healthy, and more. They are truly amazing and research is uncovering more and more about this microbiome every day.

One of the best ways to keep a health gut is to feed it healthy food. It can be that simple. And fermented foods are incredibly nourishing and healing for the entire digestive tract, especially when they are consistently eaten on a daily basis.

And to be clear – when I say fermented, I mean truly fermented. I don’t mean pickled, which usually involves vinegar. True fermentation does not require vinegar but instead uses bacteria and yeast to complete the process.

One the yummiest ways to keep your gut healthy on a daily basis is to drink a fermented, probiotic drink called Kombucha. This drink is widely available at health food stores but it can get pricey ($2-$5 per bottle).

And making Kombucha is so inexpensive, simple, and really interesting. 

Kombucha is a refreshing, effervescent tea drink rich in antioxidants and good healthy bacteria. It’s an ancient Chinese remedy and has been deemed the “Immortal Health Elixir”. That alone should have you convinced that it’s worth trying!

A Few of Kombucha’s Health Benefits:

  • Detox
  • Joint support (it contains glucosamine!)
  • Immune support
  • Digestive repair and support

It takes some preparation to get your supplies organized, but once you get a taste of this fizzy delicious drink, you’ll be making it easily on the regular.

Here is my first-timer’s recipe for 7 Day Kombucha. Enjoy!!

Tools + Materials:

  • 1 cup organic cane sugar
  • 4-6 tea bags or (4-6 tsp of loose leaf tea)
  • SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast) Kombucha Starter Culture – you can grow your own SCOBY if you are keen, get one from a friend, or for first timers it’s easiest to buy a Tea Starter kit online at a trusted retailer like Cultures for Health
  • 1/2 cup starter liquid – use 1 cup of fluid off the top of previous batch of kombucha OR if this is your first time you can use raw store-bought kombucha
  • 3.5 litres purified or spring water
  • Kettle
  • 4 litre glass jar
  • Cotton cloth cover
  • Large rubber band

How-To Brew:

  1. Boil 3 litres of water
  2. Add water and tea bags/leaves to glass jar
  3. Steep 20 minutes and remove tea bags or leaves
  4. Add sugar and stir until dissolved
  5. Cool to room temperature
  6. Add SCOBY and starter liquid
  7. Cover glass jar with cloth and secure around with rubber band
  8. Set jar aside in a dry, warm, dark location away from direct sun (about 22 to 27 degrees Celcius)
  9. Leave still for 7 days

After 7 days – add flavour if you wish.  You can add mint, raspberry, honey, ginger, or anything you like.


Have you ever made your own Kombucha? What was your experience? Please share in the comments section below – I’d love to hear from you!

Dr Julie Durnan

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