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2 bottles of kombucha, a measuring cup of water, a cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of tea sitting on a kitchen island

The BEST Kombucha Ratio for a Tasty Brew

The key to a tasty brew is getting that kombucha ratio just right! My recipe has been perfected and duplicated in many households. Yum!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Fermentation Time 14 d
Total Time 14 d 30 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 5 16 oz bottles
Calories 80 kcal


  • 1 Gallon Kombucha Jar see kombucha kit suggestion below
  • 5 16 oz Swing Top Bottles see bottle suggestion below
  • 1 Funnel
  • 1 12"x12" tightly woven cloth for covering the kombucha jar


  • 3 Tbsp Oolong Tea (or 9 tea bags); See tea suggestion below
  • 1 Cup Organic Cane Juice Crystals See sugar suggestion below
  • 1 Cup Kombucha Starter Tea See kombucha kit suggestion below
  • 1 SCOBY See kombucha kit suggestion below
  • 1 ¼ Cup Fruit juice or chopped fruit See recipe ideas in article above


  • Boil 4 cups of water
  • Add 3 Tbsp of loose leaf tea to a reusable tea bag (or use 9 tea bags). 
  • Once boiling, turn off the heat and add the tea bag(s). Let steep for 6 minutes.
  • After 6 minutes, remove the tea bag(s) and stir in 1 cup of cane juice crystals. Set aside to cool.
  • Next, fill your clean, empty 1 gallon brewing jar with the sugar-tea mixture
  • Then, add 7 cups of ice water to dilute the sugar-tea mixture (ice water is necessary if the sugar-tea mixture is still hot. You don’t want to fry the active cultures that we're adding next!)
  • Once the ice has melted and the solution is no longer hot, add 1 cup of kombucha starter tea and gently place the SCOBY on top (it's ok if it floats, sinks or flops sideways! Just let it do its thing).
  • Cover kombucha jar with a piece of tightly woven cloth and secure with a rubber band
  • Place your 1 gallon jar of kombucha in a dark, warm location where it will be undisturbed.
  • At 1 week, do a taste test and see what you think. Still too sweet? Let it go for another week and test again. Most people brew in the timeframe of 1-3 weeks. It all depends on how active your SCOBY is, environmental factors and your taste preferences. The thicker your SCOBY becomes, the more active it will be. I've found that a thickness of about 1" is perfect for my brew, so I pull off extra layers when it gets too thick.
  • Once you're satisfied with the taste of your kombucha brew, bring it back to the kitchen and complete steps 1-4 again to make the sugar-tea mixture.
  • Now that you have a full gallon jar of finished kombucha, there are a few more steps to add on!
  • With clean hands, remove SCOBY from the brewing jar and place on a clean plate
  • Reserve 1 cup of kombucha. Set aside. Set out clean bottles to begin filling.
  • Fill clean bottles with add-ins of your choice (see above for ideas!)
  • Fill bottles with finished kombucha using a funnel and close the swing-top lid. Set bottles aside.
  • Pick back up with steps 5-9 to make the next batch of new kombucha.
  • Now, place the bottles of finished kombucha and the 1 gallon jar of new kombucha back to the warm, dark location where it will not be disturbed. 
  • After 2-3 days, move the bottles of finished kombucha to the fridge and now you can drink them!
  • After 1-3 weeks, your 1 gallon of kombucha brew will be ready to start the process all over again! 


The Homesteading RD's Product Picks

This is the same kit that I started with and it has everything you need to get started except for the bottles. The cultures are grown in their Madison, WI brewery using triple filtered water, high-quality sugar and loose leaf tea. They guarantee your first batch to ferment or they'll send you a free replacement. What a deal!

Perfect for kombucha, beer, kiefer, soda, or any other homebrew! Includes collapsible silicone funnel and replacement high-pressure gaskets. The glass is rated for 58 psi (twice as much as required by heavily carbonated beer.) These bottles are specifically made for carbonated drinks.

This is THE best tea out there! Besides the intoxicating smooth and sweet flavor, Tie Guan Yin is also popular because of its numerous healing properties. When you combine a great tasting tea classic, pleasant fragrance and the health benefits, you can see why this tea is so sought after!

This USDA Certified Organic Cane Sugar is made by squeezing and evaporating the juice from freshly harvested organic sugar canes. This results in a golden sweet crystal that is as sweet as... well, sugar.


Calories: 80kcal
Keyword beverage, fermented, kombucha, probiotic
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