Kombucha is an old Chinese homebrew health elixir used by individuals for over 2000 years. With the more recent quest for probiotics, detoxification and alternative cures for such diseases as cancer, arthritis, and others have provided an increased interest in making this home-brewed tea in the US. Google the benefits of Kombucha tea to make your own informed decision.
Those who are looking for a good fermenting crock have been astounded by the steep prices running up to hundreds of dollars for stoneware fermenting crocks.
We don’t claim to be experts in making Kombucha tea nor did we want to copy someone else’s design, regardless of the design our customers tell us that our crock works great for brewing Kombucha tea
Typically Kombucha should be set in a dark place for the fermentation process; however, this beautiful crock can be displayed right on your kitchen counter as it is not translucent like a glass brewing vessel.
Typical brewing time is 7-10 days in warmer weather and 7-21 days in cooler weather. Brewing time will also vary according to the temperature of your home. Brewing time can be shortened by using a brew belt which warms the vessel up considerably. Pottery absorbs heat very well and can simply be set close to a heat source to speed up the brewing process.
If you plan to bottle your Kombucha tea for secondary fermentation, the crock will produce approximately one dozen 16 oz bottles. The bottles are easy to fill as the crock comes equipped with the USA made plastic spigot.
Our crock measures 8-1/4 wide at the bottom, 7-1/4" wide at the top and 12" tall. Although you use a cloth to cover the top during the brewing process we supply a pottery lid as an added bonus to cover the crock when it’s not in use. (You supply the cloth and rubber band)
Standard color is priced in white and blue with the Kombucha Tea handpainted on the front as pictured. You may choose other colors using the drop-down boxes. Colors are hand-painted and signed by the artist. Please note: the rooster, red apple, and summer splendor design is a decal and is not hand painted. The Poppy Seed design may include flowers in both mauve and peach.
See color samples by clicking to enlarge pictures of various product examples. The white will be the same cream color as the white and blue. Depending on where it is in the kiln the actual white colors may vary between cream and white with some grayish hue or even towards a tan, beige color. Another characteristic of old-fashioned hand-turned pottery.
Please note: standard white and blue will have the Kombucha Tea name hand-painted on the side. Other custom colors will not unless specified in the comment section at checkout.
You may also personalize the crock for $12 using the drop-down box option at the top of the page. In the comment section at checkout please leave us the name that you would like added, or e-mail it to us. We will need to know if you want the name Kombucha Tea to also be included in the personalization such as Jan’s home-brewed Kombucha Tea. Personalized names and messages will be hand-painted.
Please expect 2-6 weeks to ship. Because these are so popular stock is sometimes limited and may take up to 6 weeks to make new ones and to ship. Most of the colors including plain white and personalized items are custom made per order.
Stoneware Pottery is U.S.A made in Texas by a small family-owned and operated pottery company, which has been making quality pottery for over 22 years. Each piece is hand turned by a master potter, hand-painted or finished and then coated with a lead-free glaze.
The water spigot is also USA made in an ISO9000 certified factory. It is NSF certified and made of Polypropylene - FDA Grade. Meets ASTM Standard D4101 specifications. Polypropylene has been determined to be a safer alternative to BPA polycarbonate and other plastic products.
The spigot fits a 3/4" hole and has 7/8" threaded area.
The spigot will not be installed to protect it during shipping. To install Insert the spigot with rubber washer bevels facing each side of the open hole. Place the spigot so that the handle top is pointing at 9 o’clock. Reach in and add the inside washer and nut. Hand tighten and then hold the nut while turning the outside spigot to 12 o’clock, or straight up. Add water up to and over the spigot inside. Place a napkin under the spigot and just under the front of the crock. Check for leaks over several hours. If leaking loosen the nut and turn the spigot to 6 o’clock and repeat the steps. Note: Over tightening will push the rubber washers to the side and may cause it to leak. Check the bottom for wetness over a period of days.
Because pottery is hand turned dimensions may vary slightly. Stoneware pottery may also develop small imperfections during the firing and glazing process. All food contact surfaces are inspected for such imperfections before shipping. The outside may have imperfections that add to the character of the stoneware.
Lids on stoneware pottery are made just like the old ones and then fired. In order to fire them, some of the bottom is left unglazed where they will sit in the kiln. This is normal so they do not stick during the process. The original lids were made the same as you can see on antique crocks and churns.
Microwave, Oven and Dishwasher Safe. The pottery is durable and functional for everyday use.
Sample Homemade Kombucha Tea Recipe for a two-gallon crock:
2 cups sugar (organic cane sugar is best)
8-12 bags of tea (organic green or black tea is best)
SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast)
2-3 cups starter liquid (already brewed Kombucha tea)
7 quarts purified/bottled water (not distilled)
Bring water to a boil and add sugar, stirring to dissolve. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Steep for 5-7 minutes. Remove tea, cover pot and let cool to room temp. Once cooled, pour sweetened tea into Kombucha Tea Crock. Place SCOBY on top of tea and pour starter liquid over the top of the SCOBY. Place a cloth over the top of the crock and secure with a rubber band. Place brew belt (if using) around the crock and let sit undisturbed for 7 days. After 7 days, taste the Kombucha. If too sweet, additional brewing time is needed. If too tart, brew your next batch for less time. Bottle and flavor for secondary fermentation or decant into a glass container and enjoy as is. Refrigerate decanted Kombucha Tea to stop the fermentation process.
The above is a recipe shared with us by an actual customer. Other recipes including making your own SCOBY may be found online.