Jun tea tastes great, but really comes into a world of its own with a second ferment. You can use all kinds of fruit for this process, but our personal favourite has to be using fresh strawberries to make strawberry jun tea. It makes a really sweet, fruity and delicious drink that can be enjoyed by the whole family. It’s also a great way to get kids and people who are not fans of Kombucha or Kefir into drinking probiotics.
Make your jun tea as normal following the instructions. Allow the Jun Tea to ferment for 3 days. Remove the jun tea scoby and a small amount of starter tea and keep the rest to be bottled for the second ferment.
For the best tasting strawberry jun tea, over ripened, soft strawberries work best. If your strawberries are quite firm, its often best to leave them on the side to ripen for a few days first. This really brings out the strawberry flavour in the brew.
We prefer to second ferment directly in the bottles. To achieve this, your need to slice your strawberries into thin strips. They need to be able to drop in and out of the bottle necks with ease. We find this method works best to give you a really nice fizz. Add enough strawberries to the bottle so that 1-2 cm of the bottom of the bottle is layered in sliced strawberries. The more you add the sweeter it will be. There is no hard fast rule on how many you should use.
Leave the bottles on the side for around 12 hours at room temperature. Much more than this will over carbonate your Strawberry Jun Tea and lead to explosions. After 12 hours, ALWAYS refrigerate your bottles. This will slow down the fermentation and the carbonation process.
You can drink your strawberry jun tea once chilled. It will keep for around 7-14 days in the fridge. To drink, strain the liquid into a glass removing the slices of strawberry. ALWAYS be careful when opening the bottles. They can get very explosive. Open them over a sink carefully releasing any gas inside.