Wild Grape & Mint Kombucha
Then the day came... a dear friend brought me a bottle of home brewed kombucha.
Wow. It was deliciously sweet and made with love. Plus, it came in this ultra-cool blue glass bottle (I have a thing for colored glass)! I used the spore juice left at the bottom to make my own batch, and I've been hooked ever since.
Kombucha - or 'Booch', as I like to call it - is really easy to make. Plus, you can make a liter of it (a little more than two 16-oz. bottles) for approximately $1 and half an hour of your time.
When you make your own kombucha, it's designer - everything, from tea/herb/juice blend and type of sweetener, to the degree of acidity and alcohol content is up to you.
I'm not going to list off its health benefits, because I don't know and I don't really care. All I know is that live cultures are good for you and it tastes awesome.
So! Ready to learn? Good.
I was never a big kombucha drinker - between its weird floaty slime and the price tag, the hype over its health benefits utterly failed to draw me in.
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, by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knudsen, I made myself a set of re-usable cloth pads.
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