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Kamloops kombucha brewer shares her knowledge

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May 28, 2019 - 11:00 AM

KAMLOOPS - Kombucha lovers of Kamloops are in for a free, fizzy fermented treat.

Ashley Cacka went to her first kombucha brewing workshop a couple of months ago and is now eager to spread the practice with the people of Kamloops. She has been a fan of the fermented beverage for quite some time but claims that home brewing is the way to go.

"I've tried the kombucha from the stores and it's OK, but when you actually make it yourself and you can flavour it with different fruit and fruit tea and stuff like that, it's amazing."

Cacka recently started workshops in her own home after going on maternity leave. People who come to the workshop will be shown how to properly prepare, bottle and flavour the kombucha, plus they'll get a booklet to take home.

The process itself is relatively simple and much easier on the wallet than buying kombucha in the grocery store, she says.

"There's a first fermentation and a second fermentation. The first fermentation is where you put water, organic cane sugar, and organic black tea or organic green tea, and what's called a 'scoby'... I usually leave that for about ten to twelve days to let it ferment. After that you taste it, and if it tastes how you like, you do the second fermentation."

'Scoby' stands for symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, which is what turns the kombucha into a fizzy, tangy beverage.

As well as being tasty and refreshing, Cacka is a fan of the health benefits that come from drinking kombucha.

"It's really good for your gut health, it's packed full of probiotics, and it gives me energy," she says.

Cacka plans to continue the workshops every one to two weeks. Her next workshop is on June 1 in Westsyde, and participants can register on the Facebook page Kombucha Krazy with Ashley - Independent Sipologist with Steeped Tea.


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