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MOTHER's product picks for December 2017 / January 2018.

December 2017/January 2018
Compiled by MOTHER EARTH NEWS Editors

kombucha kit

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Kombucha Kit

$59.95 at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Store

As an avid kombucha drinker, editor Russell Mullin saw making his own brew as a natural next step. After all, buying tangy fermented kombucha from a health food store isn’t cheap — as much as $4 for a 16-ounce bottle. Making his own, Russell has discovered he can brew an entire gallon of organic kombucha for about $2, which comes out to just 25 cents per bottle! Even better: He can flavor his own kombucha however he wants by brewing with ripe fruit that’s in season, or using up leftover produce before it goes bad.



Russell figures his 5-liter Mortier Pilon kombucha fermentation crock (made in Canada) paid for itself after only two batches. He likes its push-button spigot, which seems less prone to clogging than swivel-type spigots, and makes it easy to taste-test his brew as it’s undergoing fermentation. The Mortier Pilon has a filter that allows air to pass in and out. The rewritable label on the top lets him easily track the brew start date and flavor. The jar’s commodious 5 liters allows enough room to make a full gallon of tea with more space for adding juices, fruits, or other flavorings. And the jar is a stylish addition to any countertop. As Russell says, “Making kombucha often looks like a science experiment, but Mortier Pilon adds a pleasing aesthetic flair when it’s out for serving.”