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Single Batch Kombucha

This recipe makes a half gallon of kombucha tea. 

Author MommaDarlin


  • 6 1/2 cups water non-chlorinated and fluoride free
  • 1 tbsp loose leaf tea OR 4 tea bags I use half black and half green tea
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup starter tea this is already fermented kombucha from a previous batch or plain GT kombucha from the store
  • 1 small scoby


  • half gallon glass container I use a mason jar
  • fine mesh strainer if using loose leaf tea, not needed for tea bags
  • cheesecloth muslin cloth, or paper towel to fit the top of the mason jar
  • rubber band OR band for mason jar


  1. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Remove from heat, add tea and cover for 10 minutes.
  2. Add half cup sugar to half gallon mason jar.
  3. Strain tea (after steeping for 10 minutes) into the half gallon jar with sugar and stir.

  4. Add enough water to the jar to reach 6.5 cups of total liquid.
  5. Add 1 cup starter tea and a small scoby.

  6. Cover with breathable cloth and let sit for a week or two until desired taste is reached.

  7. After fermentation, reserve the scoby with 1 cup of tea (which will be used to make another batch) and refrigerate the rest. 

Recipe Notes

When the tea is finished fermenting, you could either drink as is, or do a second ferment with some fruit juice. Check out my post on that here!