Happy Belly Kombucha (Draught & Cans)

FRESH + LOCAL + RAW + LIVE + SUSTAINABLE

We are a local kombuchery that was started because of our passion for wholesomely delicious beverages and elixirs. Every ingredient is carefully sourced, every batch is intentionally hand crafted and brewed using the finest and freshest quality ingredients we can find. Happy Belly Kombucha is a naturally fermented non-alcoholic beverage. It is VEGAN, GLUTEN FREE, DIARY FREE, NUT FREE, GMO FREE. We love using fresh wholesome ingredients that are in season, hence the distinctly bold flavour Happy Belly Kombucha offers.

Though you might spot us at some festivals, special wholefoods or farm direct events, we mainly engage in a sustainable partnership with awesome local businesses who also share a similar philosophy to serve Happy Belly Kombucha to local communities. Click on "DRAUGHT" or "CANS" for a list of our retail partners.

 

DIY GUIDE - JUN

Welcome to Happy Belly Kombucha's online JUN DIY GUIDE. If you are here, that means you have purchased a Happy Belly Kombucha starter culture (SCOBY + STARTER LIQUID) and are ready to start brewing. Congratulations on deciding to brew your very own elixir! We are excited for your new adventure! Let’s get started.

JUN is a honey based, non-alcoholic fermented tea that has been made and enjoyed by many cultures all over the world for thousands of years. It is easy to prepare at home and offers immediate and long term benefits to the regular drinker. Having said that, care should be taken anytime food is prepared at home. Follow these instructions carefully and happy brewing!

THIS RECIPE YIELD 4L OF SWEET TEA WHICH WILL BREW INTO 4L OF JUN (a.k.a. HONEY KOMBUCHA).
*This recipe is totally scalable. So feel free to scale up or down as required.


SUPPLIES:

  • A Kettle or A Pot
  • Brewing Vessel (at lease 5L capacity)
  • Cloth Cover (tight weave 100% cotton cloth is preferred)
  • Rubber Band
  • Thermometer (optional, but recommended)
  • Funnel (not needed until bottling stage)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Cup Organic Honey
  •  40 grams Of Organic Green Tea (about 4 – 6 Bags of Green Tea)
  • 1 Pack of Happy Belly Kombucha Starter Culture
  • 4L of Purified Water (free of chlorine)


 

STEP #1: MAKE SWEET TEA SOLUTION TO FEED YOUR KOMBUCHA CULTURE!

  1. Boil 4 cups of purified water.
  2. Add hot water & tea bags to clean and sanitized brewing vessel.
  3. Steep 5 – 10 minutes, then remove tea bags.
  4. Add honey and stir until honey are fully dissolved.
  5. Top up brewing vessel with 3L of purified cold water to bring down the temperature of the sweet tea you just made so it is ready for the kombucha culture.

*NOTE: If the sweet tea is now below body temperature, proceed to the next step. If it is not, please put it in the fridge to cool it down a bit, or simply wait until it is cooled below body temperature before proceeding to the next step.


STEP #2: ADD THE JUN CULTURE (SCOBY + STARTER LIQUID).

  1. Cut the bag and gently pour the starter liquid and SCOBY into the sweet tea mixture you have prepared.
  2. Cover with cotton cloth, and secure tightly with rubber band.
  3. Say a prayer, send good vibes, commune with your culture, or simply set an intention for the brew you are brewing. (Optional but recommend. After all, your brew is now filled with millions of live microbes converting your sweet tea into a tasty elixir we call JUN (or Honey Kombucha) for your enjoyment in a few days!)
  4. Place your brewing vessel in a warm, airy location that is out of direct sunlight & away from aromatic or greasy food preparation.
  5. Do NOT disturb for 7 days.

*NOTE: This can be very difficult for a newbie brewer, but wait for the full 3 days before peeking at your brew. This will make the process go more smoothly. Set a reminder on your smart phone to check your brew on the 4th day!


NEWBIE BREW TIP!
*JUN culture thrives between 72F – 85F. This temperature range is what we call JUN SCOBY HAPPY ZONE. Do your best to make sure your brewing vessel stays in JUN SCOBY HAPPY ZONE at all times for best result and long term brewing success!

STEP #3: TASTING TIME!

  1. On day 4th, gently move the SCOBY (very thin layer) aside and scoop some liquid out from the top of the vessel to taste. Too tart? Reduce your brewing cycle next time. Too sweet? Taste each day until it reaches the optimum flavour.
  2. Brewing cycle for JUN normally ranges between 4 days – 7 days, varying greatly by temperature.
  3. A few brewing cycles may be required to discover the exact taste and timing of your brew. Be patient. Keep brewing and keep tasting! You will know when you tasted the perfect balanced taste for you!
  4. Properly brewed JUN offers a perfect balance taste of just a bit of sweetness accompanied by a nice tartness. Keep tasting daily starting Day #4, make a note of the taste profile each day. Soon enough you will become a master JUN taster and know exactly when it taste perfect for you to either enjoy directly OR harvest to bottle with flavourings. Not to worry about not knowing how it should taste on your first cycle. After all, you now have your very own JUN brewing setup. Keep brewing and tasting! This is the fun part!

HAND CLEANING TIP!
Clean hands with a non anti-microbial soap! Rinse well then cure hands with filtered water (chlorine free) or distilled vinegar before touching your SCOBY!

STEP #4: BOTTLING & FLAVOURING TIME!

  1. With clean hands, remove the culture(s) and place in a clean bowl.
  2. Ladle or pour 2 cups of liquid from the top of the brew into the bowl where you place you culture(s). This will serve as starter liquid for your next batch.
  3. Cover culture(s) in bowl with cotton cloth or plastic wrap and set aside.
  4. Find clean, sanitized, suitable bottles with tight fitting lids. Recycle bottles are fine, but avoid metal lids that may corrode. Flip top bottles are preferred.
  5. If flavouring the Kombucha, place the fruit/juice/flowers/herbs/etc. directly into bottles. A little goes a long way.
  6. Place bottles in the sink, insert a clean funnel into your first bottle and ladle or pour your JUN into the bottle. Make sure to leave about 2” – 3” of air space in your flavouring bottle.
  7. Repeat for the other bottles, strain out the yeast if you prefer. Screw the lids on and set aside at room temperature (by your brewing vessel) for 1 – 3 days, burping the bottles to release carbonation and prevent explosions daily!
  8. Move bottles to the fridge as they reach your desired carbonation/flavour. Colder temperature in the fridge will significantly slow down fermentation due to flavouring. Enjoy once chilled!

FLAVOURING TIP!
Ginger, strawberry and blueberry cause fast CO2 build up. Use with caution! Bottles can overflow when opened or explode during secondary fermentation. Please open bottles with care!

STEP #5: RINSE OUT YOUR BREWING VESSEL WITH FILTERED WATER (CHLORINE FREE) AND REPEAT FOR NEXT BATCH.

HAPPY BREWING!

Sincerely,
Happy Belly Kombucha Brew Crew.