This Mango Kombucha recipe has the right balance of fruity sweetness from the mango and the tartness of the kombucha. The mango leaves the kombucha a wonderful golden color, like liquid sunshine. It’s delicious and the best kombucha flavor!
Before you begin, this is a more advanced kombucha-making recipe. I’d try just following my How to Make Kombucha Tea at Home recipe before trying this one. It will be much easier if you’ve got a handle on the basics.
What are the best kombucha flavors?
Can you add honey to kombucha?
Sure. Most kombucha recipes use refined sugar and sweeten the plain kombucha. However, I use honey for the fermentation process and to sweeten plain kombucha.
What does kombucha taste like?
The fermentation process eats up all the sugar that is initially added to kombucha so plain kombucha doesn’t taste sweet. It actually tastes quite acidic and tart and sometimes it even taste like vinegar.
How do you sweeten kombucha?
To sweeten kombucha, you can add honey and/or fruit.
How do you add flavor to kombucha?
To add flavor you can add fruit, herbs and spices. Other recipes for kombucha flavors will tell you to bottle the kombucha right along with the fruit. I don’t like to do that because I don’t want to have to strain the kombucha as I drink it. It’s definitely adding another step to the kombucha-making process but the mango makes it taste so good that I don’t mind.
Can you put frozen fruit in kombucha?
Absolutely. In fact, that’s exactly what this recipe requires. However, as long as you can find ripe, juicy mangoes you can also use fresh.
Kombucha Second Fermentation
The purpose of the second fermentation is to make the kombucha carbonated. It’s totally optional but most people seem to prefer it. There are a few important things to remember.
- Take care to ‘burp’ the bottles each day. Burping means that you need to open the bottles and release the pressure the fermentation creates. This is no joke. This is very important. Do not forget because if the pressure builds up, the bottles could explode.
- Kombucha brewing is best when it’s between 68-78°F. So if your house is warmer then that will speed up the fermentation process. You may need only one or two days during the summer for your second fermentation versus a week during the winter where you may have to leave it for 5-7 days. The longer you leave it the more carbonated it will become.
- When you are finished with the second fermentation then place the bottles in the fridge. Many people assume that the cold temps stop the fermentation process however it merely slows it down. If you let it sit in the fridge for months, don’t be surprised it the taste has changed and it tastes like super carbonated vinegar.
- Use bottles with a swing top and rubber seal because you get a better second ferment. When I’ve used twist off bottles or mason jar, the kombucha doesn’t get as bubbly. I have them in a few sizes so that I have options. I can just grab a bottle for one or a bigger bottle for a crowd.
- 2 cups Mango (defrosted or frozen, both work)
- 1/2 cup Honey
- 10 cups Homemade Unflavored Kombucha
- Add the mango and honey to a saucepan.
- Heat with slightly mashing the mango.
- Remove from heat as soon as the honey softens.
- Let the honey and mango mixture cool to room temperature.
- You’ll want to add the mango and honey mixture to your jar of homemade kombucha after you remove the SCOBY but before you transfer to bottles.
- Cover with your cloth and secure with a rubber band.
- Place somewhere at room temperature out of direct sunlight (such as a cabinet) and let ferment for 1-2 more days. The temperature greatly affects the speed at which the tea will ferment.
- When you are ready to bottle, remove the mango from the jar.
- Using a strainer pour the kombucha into large measure cups. The measuring cups will make it easier to pour into the bottles.
- Next pour the kombucha into individual bottles leaving some room at the top then cover tightly then place in the fridge.
- If you like carbonated kombucha you’ll need to do a second fermentation.
- To do a second ferment, instead of placing the bottles in the fridge, place the bottles somewhere at room temperature out of direct sunlight (such as a cabinet) and let them continue to ferment for 1-2 days.
- Take care to ‘burp’ the bottles each day. Burping means that you need to open the bottles and release the pressure the fermentation creates. This is no joke. Do not forget because if the pressure builds up, the bottles could explode.
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