Hello my dears,
I am very sure about the fact that you have already heard something about second fermentation on the internet.
But what is second fermentation and does it make such a big difference when it comes to taste and flavour? Learn more….
Kombucha with fruits, dried fruits and spices is an everyones dream. But most of you also know that your kombucha scobys or kombucha drink is very sensitive especially at the first batch. As I already said in in our article about kombucha and mold, those mushroom cultures can be very susceptible to germs. Fruits and other added ingredients could harm the kombucha by bringing pathogens into the tea mushroom drink. But this is not an obstacle to make a tasty kombucha drink with fruits in the second step.
In the second fermentation of kombucha we only use the drink we made. The scoby is going to a new normal kombucha batch and stays inside his old home. The finished drink goes into a resealable bottle and can be added with all ingredients and flavours you like. After adding all those tasty things make sure you close the bottle carefully. Yes, I wrote the right thing, in the second fermentation it is necessary to close the bottle instead of using a breathable cloth to cover your kombucha drink.
The reason why: In this case, we want to avoid another acidification of the drink. The kombucha cultures are working aerobic (which means they need oxygen) with closing the bottle we make those cultures stop working and stop the acidification of those bacteria.
But the yeast bacteria inside the drink are able to work without oxygen. They are anaerobically. As a result, carbon dioxide and alcohol are formed in the beverage with further breakdown of sugar. In combination with water, the carbon dioxide forms carbonic acid and makes your kombucha drink beautifully fizzy.
For making you start right away, we have some important security instructions for you.
- Please use high quality glass bottles only for the fermentation process. We recommend you to use a bottle with swing top. You can easily order here*. Sometimes in second fermentation the pressure inside the glass gets very high. That’s why you should not use plastic bottles of any kind because they can literally explode and splinter.
- Check out the pressure of your drink. We advise you to do this daily. Just open the bottle for a few seconds and allow the gas to escape. This procedure lowers the risk of an exploding glass bottle.
Now you are ready to start! For making the beginning easier, I have my favourite kombucha second fermentation recipe for you:
For this easy second fermentation kombucha, ginger and fig drink you need those ingredients
- Glass bottle for 1 liter with swing top*
- 1 liter selfmade and active kombucha – my delicious organic kombucha waits here* for you
- 5 slices of ginger
- 1 finley chopped fig*
This is how to make your fizzy kombucha drink with ginger and figs recipe yourself!
- Slice 5 thick pieces of a ginger
- Cut fig into small pieces
- Put all ingredients into the bottle and close it carefully
- Let it ferment on room temperature for ca. 3 days. Please make sure to check the pressure of the bottle daily!
- Enjoy 🙂
Second fermentation with kombucha - a fizzy and tasty drink adventurePrint Recipe
- Glass bottle for 1 liter with swing top
- 1 liter selfmade and active kombucha
- 5 slices of ginger
- 1 finely chopped fig
Slice 5 thick pieces of a ginger
Cut fig into small pieces
Put all ingredients into the bottle and close it carefully
Let it ferment on room temperature for a few days. Please make sure to check the pressure of the bottle daily!
On a warm day the drink tastes especially nice with some crushed ice.
Have fun whilst cooking and enjoy!
I wish you a lot of fun by making this kombucha second fermentation recipe and I am very excited to hear your opinions about this delicious scoby recipe.
I would love to see some comments about your favourite recipes with kombucha tea and how you liked mine.
I am looking forward to see you again for my next recipes.
Watch also this video and many more regarding Kefir and Kombucha on my Youtube channel…
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