There seems to be no rhyme or reason as to why sometimes my kombucha is so fizzy it about blows the lid off the bottle when I uncap it and other times, there’s hardly any fizz at all. I like lots of fizz! I think I brew the tea the exact same way every time. The bottles are all new with good, tight seals. I think I add the same ratios of tea/juice/sugar to the bottles. The only variables are:
- Different fruit juices are used but one time, I might use apple/grape juice and get lots of fizz and the next time, hardly any fizz.
- The temperature in the house varies quite a bit. In the winter, we rarely have the thermostat above 65º but in the summer, during the day when I’m outside working, I keep the thermostat set at near 80º.
- The brew sometimes sits out longer . . anywhere from 5 days to 10 days, before going into the fridge.
Yesterday I had two older bottles of kombucha that had been left in the fridge in the sewing room and they had the exact same juice, made the exact same day, and one had lots of fizz and one had hardly any. It’s just weird.
This bottle was so fizzy that I had to stand their with my finger on the lid for the longest time, just releasing a little gas at a time to keep the bottle from spewing over. Oh, that was great kombucha!
For the batch I made yesterday, I added prune juice and a little vanilla. This was in the middle of making jambalaya so please overlook the crowded countertop!
We have enough to last us a while. I think there are 14 bottles in the fridge, along with the 5 bottles I just made that will sit at room temp for a week or so. We drink about 10 bottles per week so every other week, I have to make two batches so we don’t run out.
You can see from the different colors that different juices were used. My favorites are:
- Any of the juices mixed with blueberry juice
- Fresh ginger slices, sometimes with dried lavender flowers
- Prune juice/vanilla
Of all the crazy/weird things I’ve made, kombucha is one of our favorites.