Length: About 90 minutes
This is a two part demo. First Kombucha, then Mead.
Cost: Free, but to take home a Kombucha Mother would be a cost of $15.
Kombucha Homebrewing Demo:
Presenter: Annabelle Ho
Kombucha is a fermented tea traced back to Chinese origins to around 220 B.C. Numerous health benefits have been attributed to kombucha, including curing cancer, reducing blood pressure, boosting the immune system, and aiding digestion. Kombucha is also said to have probiotics and detoxifying effects.
Brewing kombucha is quite easy to do at home, and it's fun! Annabelle Ho, author of the blog Kombucha Fuel, will demonstrate and explain the basics of brewing and bottling kombucha. Topics to be covered include required materials, the traditional and continuous brewing methods, how to grow your own kombucha mushroom, and more.
Samples of home-brewed kombucha tea will be available to taste. SCOBYs will also be available for individuals to take home. For those interested in adopting a kombucha mushroom, bringing a clean, glass pint jar would help to facilitate distribution.
For more information on kombucha and how to brew it, visit http://www.kombuchafuel.com (http://www.kombuchafuel.com/).
Have questions about this event? E-mail Annabelle at kombuchafuel[at]gmail.com (http://gmail.com/).
Annabelle Ho is the author of Kombucha Fuel and has been brewing kombucha for the past three years. She is a recent graduate from Boston University with a degree in nutrition, and she is currently training to be a holistic health coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Annabelle’s interests include herbalism, gardening, agriculture, food, sustainability, and playing the cello.
Mead Homebrewing Demo:
Presenter: Nathan Larson
Description: Mead is an alcoholic beverage similar to wine in it's alcoholic content. It is made from honey, water, and yeasties. I heard about how to make and watched some you tube videos about it so obvi I'm an expert now (not quite) but I've done a batch once already and can explain how it was done. It's pretty easy.
This event is co-sponsored by the Boston Collective House Assembly (assembly.bostoncoops.org, http://meetup.bostoncoops.org/ (http://assembly.bostoncoops.org/)) and Branches (branches.bostoncoops.org (http://branches.bostoncoops.org/)).