Homestead Logan Square's fifth workshop is already next week. This month's focus is on brewing Kombucha, a fermented probiotic tea.
Drinking and making Kombucha is a wonderful winter-time activity. It is an enjoyable and restorative activity that promotes health during a time where fresh and varied produce is scarce. This workshop will provide attendees with a basic understanding of the 1) history of the fermentation of tea, 2) biological structure of the SCOBY culture used in the process, and 3) nutritional benefits of this vitamin rich and probiotic beverage.
Or presenter, Rachel Dennis, emphasizes low cost alternatives to expensive fermentation supplies and demonstrate how high quality, organic, and highly customizable Kombucha can be made for less than $10 a month and with a $20 (or less) total startup cost. She will also discuss the importance of homemade over commercial Kombucha and demonstrate ways to modify batches to help relieve symptoms of allergies, colds, anxiety and fatigue. Samples provided during this workshop will demonstrate these medicinal blends.
Rachel Dennis is a native Chicagoan who works to engage and facilitate good health, peer education, and accessibility in her local community. She was introduced to Kombucha 7 years ago and has been passionately working on her own concoctions for 3 years. Rachel also runs the “Chicago Skill Share and Education Access” online forum that connects community members, educators, experts, and students together to promote a community of autonomous DIY self-learners.