Introduction: White Trash Kombucha

Are you ready to enjoy the bounteous health benefits offered by kombucha, but are unwilling to put in any effort? Are you repelled by most homebrewed kombucha's lack of preservatives and consumerism? Do you yearn to produce kombucha from something that came out of a plastic jug?

Dear sir or madam, the answer to all these problems (and more!), lies within a kombucha fermented from that Crucial-Unit-endorsed elixir of life, Turkey Hill Lemon Iced Tea.

Step 1: Ingredients

Many kombucha recipes require purchasing expensive, exotic teas, ones that do not come in can or bottle form, but in a mysterious and perhaps unscrupulous "leaf" form. Once procured, these tea "leaves" must be brewed for precise amounts of time, in precise amounts of water -- without precision time and volume measurement equipment, the results could indeed be disastrous. Furthermore, some recipes require measured amounts of a mysterious "brown" sugar, not often sold at your neighborhood convenience store.

But, gentlereaders, there is a better way! With this method, no measurement is required, nor any complex and time-consuming preparatory procedures. No, friends, all that is required is a bottle of good Cold Fashioned Turkey Hill Iced Tea! The kind grandma used to make, only out of a plastic jug. This method will require a kombucha creature, however, these may be purchased on the black market in almost any corner of the world.

Step 2: Preparation

Much like a fine vintage box of wine, it is highly suggested that you allow your Turkey Hill to breathe for at least 1/2 hour prior to preparation, or until it achieves room temperature. That being said, you can pull it straight out of the fridge and it'll probably work fine.

Now, simply decant your fine beverage (2007 was a good year) into a modest receptacle, which is acceptable for brewing. A medium to large sized jar will work fine.

Step 3: Ferment

Place your illicitly-acquired kombucha creature atop the sparkling beverage. Cover with a clean cloth or paper towel, and allow to age, much like a fine bourbon, for a week. The results will be shockingly delicious.

Kombucha can also be brewed from, I hate to admit, Lipton Brisk. That's brisk baby!


Calorie made it! (author)2010-12-03

I take serious exception to the term "White Trash." It's one of the last open vestiges of Classicism in America. Not racism in the classic sense. It's not based on skin color but rather on economic status.

I assure you that as a Southerner there are large stretches of civilzation where banjos are not played, houses are kept clean, cars have all of their tires and the only problems occur from outsiders who think it's fun to say such things.

I dare say you'd never dare say something about a food being a minority trademark.

Kool-Aid is Kool-Aid. It's not Ghetto Kool-Aid. People do say that, when they want to make a slap towards poor African-Americans and not seem too racist.

Get the point?

Lokisgodhi made it! (author)Lokisgodhi2014-04-29


Butch up, Cletus.

cherittfn made it! (author)cherittfn2011-01-02

Wow. I am offended by your rant. I am white trash by choice. No offense to me by using the term.

liongold made it! (author)liongold2011-04-12

Right on cherittfn..We really should lighten up. There are cook books out with this title. It's a tongue in cheek term called HUMOR! Good grief, we all need to get off the righteous patrol and enjoy a little chuckle now and then. I think the title is very appropo and eyecatching! VBG!

moonpuppy made it! (author)2011-10-09

You can make your own Kombucha baby via the store, also. Hit up your local Whole Foods, Vitamin Cottage, whatever the local health food store calls itself, and buy one (1) bottle of "organic, unfiltered, raw" whatever term they use of Kombucha liquid. DON'T DRINK IT! Pour it into whatever tea you have, cover it, ignore it, and you will have a baby in about 2 weeks. It will be thin, flimsy and look kinda . . . slimey. FEAR NOT! Pull it out, save some liquid to innoculate the next batch, and pour the old tea out. Start it fresh, add the baby and the innoculant and let it grow. You will have a mother in about a month. For (mostly) freebies! (Because we don't have any suspicious corners or craigslist out here in boonie-land.)

ChickenMilkshake made it! (author)2011-05-24

You're hilarious and I love this idea! My first EVER batch of Kombucha will hopefully be done tonight, but I'm sad that I wasn't able to find any Turkey Hill iced tea (maybe they don't have it here in california). I had to use that weird kind of tea that comes in bags where you can actually see the leaves! Like, gross!

1HappyCooker made it! (author)2011-04-20

I love it! Cant wait to try it!

cassuccino made it! (author)2010-06-15

I saw a kombucha culture/creature/mushroom/mother/whatever you want to call it, for sale on Etsy also has some kombucha kits but I don't know anything about any of it so you'll want to read all about what's included. Just go to and type in "kombucha". =)

agp101838 made it! (author)2010-06-06

So check THIS out...

Doctor What made it! (author)2007-10-17

kombucha creature?? do you mean culture, and where do you get it??

plasticvicar made it! (author)plasticvicar2007-10-17

Some people call it a culture. Some people call it a mother. I find it neither cultured, nor motherly, so I call mine a creature. Try craigslist or freecycle, you can probably find one on there. They replicate themselves every brewing cycle, so there are probably people out there willing to get rid of them.

weaponscollector94 made it! (author)weaponscollector942009-11-29

is it possible to make one with Arizona iced tea? (the stuff that comes in a can)

Doctor What made it! (author)Doctor What2007-10-18

Yay. So, its the same thing as in the other kombucha instructable. only this seems easier.

Ward_Nox made it! (author)2009-05-30

voted the #7 grossest drink on<br/><a rel="nofollow" href=""></a><br/>

tomasina made it! (author)2009-04-06

hey there y'all do yous guys know that brown sugar is just white sugar w/molasass mixed in??

GIMMEADOLLAR made it! (author)2009-02-24

I wasn't aware that Crucial-Unit were partial to that brand. hay_jumper, the first time I tasted kombucha I thought it tasted like the bottom of a produce dumpster. It's an acquired taste.

plasticvicar made it! (author)plasticvicar2009-02-24

Oh yeah man. They specifically reference it in the lyrics of Communitea! ... and it still tastes like the bottom of a produce dumpster! :-)

Ivonice made it! (author)2008-11-08

i've learnt that any citrus/tea combination mixed with Kombucha will destroy the properties therein... so lemon tea i don't think is a good idea, might taste nice and be a quick method,but apart from that i'm not sure... am i right? or am i talking nonsense?

Tool Using Animal made it! (author)2007-08-07

Terribly amusing, but I'm still not drinking moldy tea..

picbuck made it! (author)picbuck2008-05-23

Too late. Tea is, by definition, moldy. Or the polite term, fermented.

Tool Using Animal made it! (author)Tool Using Animal2008-05-23

Nope the "fermentation" is an enzymatic oxidation, no microorganism involved.

stasterisk made it! (author)stasterisk2007-08-07

Do you eat yogurt?

bacteria != fungus

Kombucha, or any tea that grows mold, is a definite stay-away-from.

I brew my kombucha by the gallon.

Tool Using Animal made it! (author)Tool Using Animal2007-08-07

Yes, but I'm still picky about what microorganisms I purposely ingest. If I want bacteria, I'll eat yogurt, if I want yeast I'll drink beer, which has the added benefit of making me even more witty and charming. :-)

killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2008-04-03

not to mention beer makes you infinitely more attractive...

Tool Using Animal made it! (author)Tool Using Animal2008-04-04

Ummm, I'm flattered, and, I'll admit, a little curious, but I'm a married man!

killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2008-04-04

lol do you not know that drinking beer makes you clever charming and irrististible lol Well to yourself anyway, sometimes others such as designated drivers don't see it.

Vendigroth made it! (author)Vendigroth2008-02-18

Not to be a pedant, but bacteria aren't fungi.....
Meh, what does it matter? I'm a metalworker, not a biologist! _

Doctor What made it! (author)Doctor What2007-10-18

Lots of things come from mold. You don't have to be afraid. Just think about cheese, penacillin, and yogurt. Anyway, its not molding, its fermenting.

urbanhg made it! (author)2007-11-23

i spent a crap load of money once getting a kombucha starter kit.... and well when i got the kit i was pissed i spent that much money for it was just a bucket some tea and a starter culture of the kumbucha i have since lost the culture when i moved and stop making it but it is really super good is anyone willing to bag some of their culture and send it to me that would be awesome

Doctor What made it! (author)2007-10-17

does it have to be turkey hill iced tea???

Doctor What made it! (author)Doctor What2007-10-17

OK, screw the iced tea comment, just read the last step

Doctor What made it! (author)2007-10-17

You can find brown sugar in just about every safeway, wal-mart, and roseaurs known to man.

hay_jumper made it! (author)2007-08-06

Ladies and Gentlemen, Are you grossed out by Kombucha? Yes. Yes, we are. Ladies and Gentlemen, Have you tried Kombucha? Yes. Yes we have.

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