Kefir and Kombucha workshop with Old Tree Brewery July 28 2015

Old Tree Brewery are the botanical brewery of Silo, Brighton's zero-waste restaurant, and are the creators of a range of fermented drinks and cordials, made using traditional techniques and sustainably sourced.

A couple of weeks ago they gave a workshop at the ONCA GAllery showing us how to make the super healthy drinks ourselves and give our guts an extra dose of healthy bacteria.

Part one was to make kefir using fruit that would ferment along with the scoby (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast - yum), a sort of grainy mixture that you put in. It's similar to the friendship cake in that the scoby doubles in size so you can always keep some for yourself and pass some onto a friend. We mixed the ingredients then left the drinks covered with muslin in the fermentation station for a few days until we could drink them. 

Kefir and Kombucha workshop with Old Tree BreweryKefir and Kombucha workshop with Old Tree Brewery 

Kefir and Kombucha workshop with Old Tree BreweryKefir and Kombucha workshop with Old Tree BreweryKefir and Kombucha workshop with Old Tree BreweryKefir and Kombucha workshop with Old Tree Brewery

Kefir and Kombucha workshop with Old Tree BreweryKefir and Kombucha workshop with Old Tree Brewery

Then we moved onto Kombucha a tea based fermented drink that needs caffeine for the fermenting reaction to occur. The scoby's were slightly more gross than the grains we used for the kefir - a sort of slimy block of goo. 

Kefir and Kombucha workshop with Old Tree BreweryKefir and Kombucha workshop with Old Tree BreweryKefir and Kombucha workshop with Old Tree Brewery

So we wrote our names on the jugs, and left the drinks to ferment for a few days...

Kefir and Kombucha workshop with Old Tree Brewery

Then Old Tree bottled them up and took them home, where I enjoyed mine with guess what...yep, edible flowers. 

Kefir and Kombucha workshop with Old Tree Brewery

You can buy the scoby's from Happy Kombucha and look up Old Tree on facebook to find out about their next workshop. 

 

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