But if you've ever grabbed a bottle of the stuff from a store shelf, you know that what DOESN'T make you feel so awesome is the hefty price tag. Kombucha is spendy! Fact is, we're simply talking about fermented sweet tea here, nothing more than that. Making it yourself is fast, easy, and costs just pennies per batch. All you need are 8 tea bags, water, sugar, and a gallon jar, plus the probiotic colony to kick things off. Just be sure you get your starter (also called a "mother") from a reliable source and heed all precautions for cleanliness and handling so nothing scary grows in your tea. Ditch any batch that may have been contaminated, grows mold, or smells funky.
Try using different varieties of tea, or experiment with adding fruits, herbs, or juices after fermentation and right before bottling your kombucha. The permutations and possibilities for flavors are endless. You'll never buy kombucha again!