Instead of waiting for my scoby's to grow, I decided to buy a scoby and already try to make some kombucha leather.
I bought the biggest box I could find in Brico. The size is 79.5 x 58 x 18 cm and it can contain 54 litres of fluid. 5 centimeters of tea seemed to be enough so I poured in somewhere between 20 and 30 litres of tea.
I used the following recipe:
- 30 L water
- 3 L apple vinegar
- 3 Kg Sugar
- Black tea
I started boiling 10 litres of water on a camping stove. This took way to long so I started boiling water in a kettle. I poured this water into a bucket.
A you can see on the bottom of the bucket there is some chalk that came out of the kettle. I was a little worried about this, but now actually I dont think it will affect the kombucha much?
To make the tea cool faster, I put the buckets outside.
In the meanwhile we blended the scoby's. I mentioned in my last post that I wondered about the contact between kombucha and stainless steel. Well, here it defenitely came in a lot of contact! In my next experiment I will really avoid all metal.
Once the tea had cooled down, I added the vinegar and the mixed scoby and poured it into the box. I covered the box with an old blanket. And I took some leftover scoby home with me for further experiments.