Every November it seems that the internet is ablaze with disgruntled Kombucha makers around the globe. As we move into winter, the temperatures of our homes drop significantly which slows down Kombucha production.
“My Kombucha is taking 4 weeks to brew!”
“What is going on???? My continuous brew booch just won’t get sour!”
“Ten days my rump! This brew is taking more like ten weeks!”
Yep – fall and then winter has arrived when your kombucha won’t brew expeditiously!
What’s With Kombucha Heating Pads and Kombucha Heaters?
While I no longer need to worry about my house getting too cold (living in the desert has it’s perks every winter), I never really needed a kombucha heater in Northern California. I didn’t mind the slightly longer brew time and honestly, it wasn’t that much longer for me. My trick was to keep my brew in close proximately to the crock pot (which was almost always going during the cool weather months) or the oven which gets a lot more use during cooler months. So my continuous brew kombucha was able to stay a tad warmer than it would has I just left it to its own devices.
Ideally, Kombucha brews around 72-84 degrees F.
But really, you want to keep the brew at a consistent temperature (80 is ideal) and not allow it to go up and down throughout the day and night. Why? Glad you asked!
- If the brew get too cold and the cycle slows down it will reduce the healthy stuff in your brew.
- Cooler temperatures and a reduced brew time can also expose your brew to a potential mold infestation. That is no good!
- You get more carbonation if your brew stays cozy warm.
Is a Kombucha heater the best way to keep your Kombucha at it’s ideal brewing temperature?
Along with my crock, I purchased the Kombucha Mamma’s Essential Heating Strip. It was designed by Kombucha Kamp with the help of a thermodynamics engineer. Designed for WARM TO MODERATE CLIMATES, the state of the art ultra-thin construction & patented heating technology makes for more uniform heat distribution. Wrap around one vessel or lay behind several vessels to keep them all warm. This is a powerful little mat but is also very safe to use. I recommend using it on the sides of the vessel rather than underneath so that the yeast isn’t over stimulated.
- Terminals & electrical connections are sealed using a high performance self fusing sealant
- Warms the brewer area by 5-10˚F over ambient temperature to maintain the ideal temperature for Kombucha fermentation
- 4″x28″ provides plenty of heating capacity for a variety vessels
- No heat wires or thick pad, so heat is always dissipated evenly over the whole mat
- Almost the entire surface of the mat is covered by the heat strips creating an even heat distribution
- Moisture sealed electrical connections (Do not submerse in water)
- Ultra-thin Super durable construction (No Multiple Plys, just one solid extra tough mat)
- Heat Strip & power cord are UL Listed Components
- 110-120V AC Power
- Uses 18 watts of power
- Approximate Dimensions: 4″ Width x 27.5″ Length
- Assembled in USA and all components made in the USA (except power cord)
- Comes with 1 Year Hassle Free Guarantee
- FREE Thermometer Strip included
I took my heating system for a spin and wow! What a difference it made. My brew did not take as long to well, brew. The carbonation was incredible. The SCOBY even looked happier. Ha!
While I lived in Northern California I used my kombucha heater throughout the winter. It was a good investment and I was able to keep on making my Root Beer Kombucha, Apple Pie Kombucha, and Sangria Kombucha in a timely manner.
Kombucha Kamp has several kombucha heating pad options so be sure to check them out and choose the best one for your set up!