Make Your Own Kombucha And Ginger Beer in Greenslopes

The Jam Pantry, an all-day breakfast cafe located at 2/575 Logan Rd, Greenslopes, Queensland is hosting a Fermented Christmas Cheer and Drinks Workshop that will run from the 4th to the 25th of November. The workshop will teach participants on how to make kombucha, ginger bug for ginger beer, and other fermented sodas.

Fermented Drinks
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From bread, cheese, to yogurt, fermentation is one of the oldest forms of food preservation. Liquid drinks, however, remain the most interesting fermented products.

Kombucha, a fermented tea, has been associated with a variety of health benefits. It is said to have originated from China. While this remains unproven until today, Kombucha lovers swear to its digestive effects, detoxifying properties, and immune booster capabilities.

How to Make Kombucha

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Making Kombucha is simple. It only requires equipment that are easily available in the kitchen.

  • A jar (size to be determined based on the amount of Kombucha to be made)
  • A stirring utensil
  • Cloth or paper coffee filter and rubber band

A key ingredient of Kombucha, however, is made from sweetened tea that has been fermented by a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, known as an active Kombucha SCOBY. Making SCOBY requires more time and more hands-on instructions.

Once an active Kombucha SCOBY is already done, other ingredients are:

  • Unchlorinated water
  • White sugar
  • Tea bags
  • Distilled white vinegar

The following steps are for presentation purposes only. An actual step-by-step demonstration is advisable.

  • Dissolve the sugar into hot water and then place the tea bags to steep.
  • Wait for it to cool before removing and straining the loose tea leaves.
  • Pour the distilled vinegar.
  • Add the active Kombucha SCOBY.
  • Cover the jar with the cloth or paper coffee filter and use the rubber band to tighten.
  • Set aside the mixture for a maximum of 30 days.
  • Add other flavourings and can be placed inside bottles.

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How to Make Ginger Beer

Ginger Beer
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Ginger, the main ingredient of this drink, is known to cure nausea, motion sickness, morning sickness, and mild upset stomachs. Like the Kombucha, ginger beer requires an ingredient – ginger syrup – which is produced using a symbiotic colony of yeast and Lactobacillus. As for the other ingredients, they are simple and easily available.

  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Grated fresh ginger
  • Yeast and Ginger syrup
  • Lemon juice

The following steps are for presentation purposes only. An actual step-by-step demonstration is advisable.

  • Grate the ginger and then mix with water and sugar in a saucepan. Steep this mixture for an hour and then let it cool.
  • Strain for solid residues after cooling.
  • Strain the mixture (discard the ginger solids) and allow to cool.
  • Using a funnel, sprinkle the yeast, the syrup, lemon juice, water and stir until dissolved.
  • Put another batch of freshly grated ginger, cover the bottle, and shake the mixture.
  • Set aside for 2-3 days and be sure to consume within 1-2 weeks.

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For a more comprehensive guide on how to make Kombucha and Ginger Beer, know more about the Fermented Christmas Cheer and Drinks Workshop by The Jam Pantry.

Click here for event tickets. Admission is exclusive for adults only.

What’s On @ Greenslopes This Week

Here are the events to watch out for this week at Greenslopes.

Friday, 14 July

Tone & Strengthen Class for Women

Tickets: FREE

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Venue: Park next to Monkey Bar Cafe, Baron Street, Greenslopes

Photo credit: Nina Wright/Everbrite

Me Time Fitness will host their free school holiday, “Tone & Strengthen Class for Women”, as a kick off for new regular classes in Greenslopes.

Exercise Physiologists Nina Wright will  be the class trainer. She created the program to provide a progressive growth for mums to get fit and make friends, while enjoying their “Me Time”.


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Friday, 14 July

Mums & Bubs Class

Tickets: FREE

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Venue: Park next to Monkey Bar Cafe, Baron Street, Greenslopes

Photo credit: Me Time Fitness/Facebook

This free class is a window to the seven-week program of Me Time Fitness under class trainer Nina Wright.

The class will focus on strengthening pelvic floor muscles and getting a good range of cardio exercises. More than just a fitness class, mums will also foster their bub’s development through baby sign language, movement to nursery rhymes, and baby massage.


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Saturday, 15 July

Kombucha and Fermented Drinks Workshops

Tickets: $0 – $93.05

Time: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Venue: The Jam Pantry, 575 Logan Road #2, Greenslopes

Photo credit: nims xx/Eventbrite

The Jam Pantry owner and Chef de Cuisine nims xx organised a workshop about how to make kombucha for carbonation. There will be demos on how to make traditional ginger bug for healthy ginger beer, traditional sodas, and fermented honey.


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Saturday, 15 July

Tour de France Party

Tickets: $5.17

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Venue: Wheelpower Wellness, 15/76 Old Cleveland Road, Greenslopes

Photo credit: Wheelpower Wellness/Facebook

The Wheelpower Wellness will be hosting the “Tour de France Party”. Watch the tour and celebrate the biggest race, while sipping your drinks and having a great laugh.


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