Two things that people generally love or hate: black licorice and kombucha. I am a huge fan of both, and thought it would be fun to try combining them for a special Halloween concoction. This is a fun and inexpensive project, requiring very little equipment and is a great way to get into brewing.
For those who are unfamiliar with Kombucha, it is an ancient, bubbly, living brew made from cultured sweet tea, that has many health benefits. A "mother" culture ferments the tea, producing a delicious effervescent brew that is loaded with vitamins, probiotics, organic acids and antioxidants.
The distinct flavor black licorice primarily comes from two particular ingredients that also have various health properties. The main ingredient is anise, which is a Chinese spice that has been used for centuries as a digestive aid and to stimulate blood circulation, among other things. The second ingredient is licorice root, which originates from Southern Europe and Asia. It has a sweet taste has been used to treat many ailments including; asthma, depression, chronic fatigue, colds, flu, heartburn, ulcers and many more.
Step 1: Ingredients and Equipment
10 Tea bags black tea
1 Cup of table sugar (preferably organic)
1 Gallon of distilled water
4 Tbsp of licorice root
2 tsp of anise extract
1/2 Cup of sassafras tea (optional)
Kombucha "mother" culture + 1 Cup fermented tea starter
1 Gallon jar
Cloth or paper towel
7 Bale-top beer bottles
Strainer, filter, cheesecloth, etc.
Food-grade bucket or sink
Starsan (or other brewing sanitizer)