Root beer is an integral part of North American culture, but its origin is quite different. Long before the first bottle of root beer was marketed, sassafras and sarsaparilla were commonly used by indigenous peoples.
Here, we will use these plants to flavor your kombucha and thus create a drink both tonic and healthy.
This recipe gives 3 liters of kombucha.
- 1 Kombucha Scoby and its liquid culture (about 350 ml).
- 12 grams (6 tablespoons) of tea.
- 200 g (1 cup) sugar.
- 20 g (1/4 cup) of rootbeer blend.
- 30 ml (6 teaspoons) of fancy molasses.
- 15 ml (3 teaspoons) vanilla extract.
Infusion and fermentation
- Infuse the tea for 10 minutes directly into the jar and remove it.
- Add the sugar and stir until dissolved.
- Add the water to reach a total of 3 liters (your tea is now lukewarm).
- Add Mamma Kombucha with its liquid culture (as delivered).
- Cover the container with the fabric and elastic.
- Leave to ferment for 10 to 15 days, at room temperature.
How do you like your kombucha?
As the days go by, it will become less and less sweet and more and more sour. It is impossible to predict the number of days required, as it varies greatly depending on your tastes, ingredients and temperature. So, the best is to observe and trust your senses.
As we will add some molasses later, it is better to let your kombucha become a little more sour than expected. So, wait a day or two longer than you would have done initially.
- From the 5th day, taste the kombucha. Repeat every 1 to 2 days.
- As soon as the kombucha is to your taste, remove the Mamma and place it in an airtight container filled with about 2 cups of kombucha that you have just produced. This scoby will be used to ferment for your next recipe.
Add the root beer flavor
- Bring 250 ml (1 cup) of water to a boil in a small saucepan.
- Add the root beer mix.
- Lower the heat of the round to the lowest and cover for 1 hour.
- Remove from the round, add molasses and mix to dissolve.
- Let cool, filter, then pour into the kombucha jar.
- Mix well, then bottle.
- Keep the bottles at room temperature for a few days.
- Test the effervescence, 1 time per day.
Cool when the kombucha is sparkling enough (watch out for pressure).
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