There are advantages to taking the time to allow the flavoured kombucha a second round of fermentation.
A second fermentation period allows the flavours to meld and achieve a deeper and more complex flavour profile. Further, if bottled in an airtight contain-er (see below), the live yeast and bacteria in the kombucha will continue to consume the tea and sugar that remained after the primary fermentation process was completed, after SCOBY was removed, along with any sugar from juice or fruit added for flavour.
A byproduct of fermentation is that carbon dioxide is produced, giving the kombucha the fizzy texture it is often known for.
Instructions for a second fermentation
Remove the SCOBY from the finished kombucha. Add the desired flavouring and mix to combine. Bottle the flavoured kombucha in airtight bottles.
Allow the kombucha to remain bottled for 2-14 days at room temperature. Once the secondary fermentation process is complete, the kombucha can be strained of the fruit or herbs if desired. The liquid can then be re-bottled and stored on the counter or in the refrigerator. I have found that in a second ferment, some of the effervescence can be lost when you place in the fridge, however you can make up for this with amazing natural flavour combinations that will have any seasoned soft-drink guzzler switching to this elixir of health.
If it is mild where you are, then leaving it on the counter or in the pantry is best.
• Blueberries and raspberries
• Blueberries and cinnamon
• Blueberries and fresh or candied ginger
• Strawberries and fresh or candied ginger
• Strawberries and basil
• Cherries and almond extract
• Fresh peaches or pears, puréed
• Fresh mango
• Pears and almond extract
• Goji berries
• Cranberry juice
• Pear juice
• Pomegranate-blueberry juice
• Apple juice and cinnamon
• Grape juice
• Lemon or lime juice and fresh ginger
• Pineapple juice, coconut water, and coconut extract
• Vanilla beans (split open) or vanilla extract
• Pumpkin pie spice/Mixed spice
• Fresh or candied ginger
• Coconut extract
• Lavender and chamomile
• Chai Spice Blend
• Lemon balm and rose hips