This homemade Cherry Kombucha can be made anytime of the year since it can be made with fresh or frozen cherries. It is sweet and fizzy!
Like my daily morning cup of coffee, I love to have a cup of kombucha daily. Somedays I have two or three glassfuls. So for me it only makes sense to make my own kombucha.
I always have frozen cherries in my freezer to add to smoothies, and now those cherries do double duty as one of my favorite kombucha flavors.This homemade Cherry Kombucha can be made anytime of the year since it can be made with fresh or frozen cherries. It is sweet and fizzy! Click To Tweet
Two Types of Fermentation
The first fermentation of kombucha is when you combine sweetened tea, a kombucha scoby, and some starter tea. You let it ferment for 7-21 days and the result is uncarbonated unflavored kombucha.
The second fermentation involves taking that kombucha you made in the first fermentation and adding flavor. You let it ferment for another 3-5 days in sealed bottles. The result is a fizzy flavored drink.
You can ferment even longer, if needed, letting the kombucha ferment up to 14 days. It all depends on the amount of sugar content in the flavor you're adding, and the temperature of the room.
Warmer temperatures will cause faster fermentation, and higher sugar content will also speed up fermentation.
How to Make a Secondary Fermentation
Smush ½ cup fresh or frozen cherries into each bottle. Pour your freshly fermented homemade kombucha into the bottles, leaving 1-2" head space. Let sit 3-5 days.
Pop open the lids at least once a day. Pressure builds, and this allows it to escape.
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You May Need:
- 12 cups homemade kombucha
- 2 cups fresh or frozen dark cherries
- If using frozen cherries, allow them to thaw first so that it's easy to smush them into bottles.
- Line up 4 (25 ounce) bottles with flip top lids or other air tight bottles.
- Smush ½ cup cherries into each 25 ounce bottle.
- Using a funnel, pour freshly made homemade kombucha into each 25 ounce bottle leaving 1-2" head space.
- Let bottles sit out (at 75° - 85°) 3-5 days, making sure to pop the lids each day to let out the pressure of the carbon dioxide. Taste each day to test its flavor and fizziness.
- Refrigerate when you are happy with the amount of fizz and flavor.