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Apple Cider Kombucha

You guys, I met Robb Wolf! Phew! I’m so glad I got that off my chest!

Apple Cider Kombucha - an easyrecipe for flavoring your homemade kombucha

I owe you’uns a life update! Within the span of 3 days, I met Lori Lange (from Recipe Girl), Charles Mayfield (co-author of Paleo Comfort Foods and Quick & Easy Paleo Comfort Foods), AND Robb Wolf (author of The Paleo Solution). Insert all the party emojis here. How did this come to be?

Let’s talk.

About a month ago, Natural Grocers reached out to me to see if I would join them for their soft opening of their new store in Reno, NV last Saturday. Of course, I was all, “hell yamaha, I wanna go!,” and so I did. Which is when I met the very lovely Lori Lange (who also lives in the area) and Charles Mayfield, who wrote two Paleo cookbooks alongside his wife, Julie Mayfield. The soft store opening was an informational session on Natural Grocers the company, as well as a meet-and-greet for locals in the food and fitness industry.

Following the discussion, Lori, Charles, and I perused the isles chatting about the products that we love slash wanted to try. You know, like business as usual. Except, in my head, I was all, “Ohhhmygeerd, I’m legit hanging out with Lori Lange and Charles Mayfield right now!” It was puh-retty epic speaking with two people I very much admire.

Tuesday evening, Charles gave a cooking demonstration, and Robb spoke about the Paleo diet, discussing the reason why humans have so many health issues arising from a diet rich in grains, legumes, processed sugars, and dairy. I wholeheartedly believe in the you are what you eat mantra, and was once a devout Paleo eater myself, so I highly recommend Robb’s book and Charles and Julie’s cookbooks. These are fabulous resources for overall health and well-being. After the demo and discussion, Charles and Robb held a book signing, at which point I offered some of the kombucha I was drinking to Charles. As though we were the best of pals that go way, way back. Because that’s normal and not at allawkward, right? Right! He politely declined, and I collected my freshly signed books and marinated on the awesomeness of the experience.

Apple Cider Kombucha - an easyrecipe for flavoring your homemade kombucha

Given the fact that I just met two of the largest proponents for gut health (and offered one of them a swig of probiotics), I thought it only appropriate that I share the recipe for my most recent batch of kombucha.

Last year, I showed you a recipe for Apple Ginger Kombucha, which is a very tasty ‘bucha indeed. But I like this apple cider kombucha recipe better. Why? It’s easier. You simply stir up a little homemade kombucha with spiced apple cider, let it ferment for a couple of days at room temperature, and you end up with a probiotic-rich fall beverage.

Since we’re on the topic of probiotics, did you know unpasteurized apple cider is full of probiotics, too?  When you crush fresh apples or pears and allow the juice to ferment in its raw form, the natural probiotics and enzymes present in the fruit flourish, resulting in a drink that, similar to kombucha, is fabulous for your gut health. This is the perfect time of year for making homemade ciders, and there are many ways to do so! If you’re interested in the art of cider making, here’s a tutorial on fermented apple juice.

Back to this apple cider kombucha! If you’re new to kombucha brewing, start here! If you’re a seasoned brewer and have a batch of ‘bucha fermenting in your closet right now, simply follow the easy peasy lemon squeezy recipe below.

Apple Cider Kombucha - learn how to brew kombucha at home! #probiotics

Cheers to gut health!

Apple Cider Kombucha - an easyrecipe for flavoring your homemade kombucha

Apple Cider Kombucha

Author: Julia
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Ingredients

  • 3/4 gallon homemade kombucha
  • 3 cups unsweetened spiced apple cider

Instructions

  1. In a large pitcher, stir the homemade kombucha and apple cider together. Depending on the size of your pitcher, you may need to do this in batches.
  2. Pour the apple cider kombucha into sanitized sealable glass bottles (I recommend using flip-cap bottles).
  3. Seal the bottles and place them in a warm dark spot (a closet or pantry works great!) for 2 to 3 days.
  4. Transfer the bottles to a refrigerator to chill.
  5. When ready to drink, open a bottle and use a fine strainer to strain the liquid into a glass. A small SCOBY will form in the bottle, which you can strain out prior to drinking.
  6. Enjoy your healthy guts!

Are you in the Reno area? If so, stop by Natural Grocers this evening at 6pm! I’ll be doing a demo on how to cook with kale. Spoiler alert: I’m making something delicious.

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Mary Lynne

Sunday 13th of January 2019

I found your column because I’m looking for information on something I tried. I had a hotel full of healthy Scobies and a jug of fresh apple cider left over from a party. I filled a jar with cider, put in a Scoby and some starter tea Because why not? I didn’t use tea at all, except for the cup of starter tea. The cider has sugar and organic matter so I Was curious if it would work the same.

WOW! It fermented beautifully, was tangy and fizzy, and made a beautiful Scoby. Subsequent batches with the Cider Scoby are also awesome. I like it almost better than black or green tea kombucha. I tried it with is lemonade too, but it wasn’t as interesting and the scoby got weaker over batches.

Has anybody else tried fermenting beverages other than tea with Scobies?

Julia

Sunday 13th of January 2019

Hi Mary Lynne,

I'm happy to hear your method worked out! I've never brewed kombucha in anything other than tea, but it sounds like it worked with the cider from your experience. So exciting! xo

Anthony

Wednesday 14th of December 2016

Thanks for the read! I just so happen to have a batch of 'bucha brewing in my closet right now, my first one. I think I'm going to try this because i think the 'bucha is ready. I was going to try a few different flavors. One with just apple cider, one with apple cider and ginger, and I was thinking about using jalapenos and oranges in a new flavor just to see what it's like! Let me know what you think. Regards

DeAun Michael

Wednesday 23rd of November 2016

I have unsweetened apple cider. Can I spice it to add to my Kombucha or does it have to be spiced cider? What quantities would you recommend for spicing the 3 cups, if possible? I have never put dries spices in my Kombucha before, but I am ready to try it.

Jason Fishburn

Thursday 17th of November 2016

I started brewing kombucha about 3 months ago and I've tried an apple cider kombucha very close to this and absolutely love it! It's got the bite of a hard cider but that sweet(ish) kombucha tea finish. It's amazing!

Julia

Friday 18th of November 2016

Hi Jason! Kombucha brewers unite! I'm so happy to hear you've been brewing and enjoying kombucha, and am thrilled you like the apple cider flavor - it's definitely one of my all-time favorites! Thanks for the kind note, and happy brewing!

Jordon

Sunday 6th of December 2015

You work at Natural Grocers! Me too! I just started brewing kombucha a couple months ago and wanted to see if there were any flavors you would recommend me making? my favorite flavor I've made is peach lavender!

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