“My Kombucha is way too sour when I get to it!” Helen L. says on today's #AskWardee. I'm sharing my thoughts below!
Helen L. wants to know:
I have been having a hard time drinking my Kombucha, so when I make a batch, it sits in the jar until I finish drinking what I made the time before. Since I have let it go WAY too long on the first ferment, it tastes very vinegary and I don't like it. Here's my question: if I use a smaller SCOBY, keep the temperature cooler, and let it ferment longer for the first ferment, will it still have all health benefits as one that has a bigger SCOBY and is at a warmer temperature? Thanks so much for answering. Here's a picture; as you can see the date I wrote is January 16, and today's date is March 9.
In other words, Helen wants to know what to do to keep her Kombucha from going sour while she's trying to drink the previous batch.
(And whatever she does… she wants it to be just as healthy — a great concern, by the way!)
Solution #1 — Can you “keep the temperature cooler and let it go longer”?
This will help by giving you more time before the batch gets sour.
A pH of 2.5 to 3.0 (which tastes a bit sour and “bright” and less sweet) happens either way. It’s just a question of how long. So, yes, this could solve it for you.
As far as the health value of your Kombucha, as long as you’re getting to that desired pH, fermentation is happening so it’s just as healthful!
Be careful it’s not so cool that the wrong kind of fermentation is happening. You’ll know because your SCOBY will get moldy and smelly instead of making Kombucha (here's what to do if that happens).
Solution #2 — Bottling!
Let’s say you slowed it down but you’re still not ready for the next batch.
Bottling is like preserving Kombucha right where it is.
Basically, you decant Kombucha into bottles, add fruit or juice, and close your bottles. Let it ferment a few days to get good and bubbly, then move to cold storage where it will just stay without becoming more sour.
Solution #3 — What To Do With The Too-Sour Kombucha?
- Re-sweeten it with honey, stevia, or fruit.
- Use it for salad dressings or soaking grains — anywhere you’d use vinegar!
- Free Fermenting Formulas Cheat Sheet
- Lacto-Fermentation eCourse
- Lacto-Fermentation eBook
- The Complete Idiot's Guide to Fermenting Foods
- Where to get Grolsch bottles
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