How to Brew Your Own Kombucha with Brad | It's Alive | Bon Appetit

  • Published: 21 October 2016
  • In episode 1 of 'It's Alive' with Bon Appétit test kitchen manager Brad Leone, we follow him through his process of brewing his own kombucha. Main takeaways include: be creative, keep your SCOBY clean, take care of her, feed her, and use food-grade bottles to avoid glass explosions. It's a learning experience.

    Update: Brad now uses a concentrated formula that doesn't require ice. He mixes 2 quarts of water with sugar and tea. Then dilutes it with room-temperature water.

    Join Bon Appétit test kitchen manager, Brad Leone, on a wild, roundabout and marginally scientific adventure exploring fermented foods and more. From cultured butter and kombucha, to kimchi and miso, to beer and tepache, learn how to make fermented and live foods yourself.

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Comments • 1 285

  • Kelly Hanus
    Kelly Hanus  2 days back

    “Don’t worry, this will make sense soon” wow, the foreshadowing for Bon Appétit’s Brad Leone

    • Shubhra Pant
      Shubhra Pant  5 days back

      As much as I enjoyed watching this.....I understood nothing.
      If you ask me what's Kombucha and how to make it, I wouldn't know anything.

      • Julius Chen
        Julius Chen  6 days back

        I feel like I am watching 'The Office' BA style - in a good way!

        • Gomila Droogies
          Gomila Droogies  6 days back

          I see onision has watched this.

        • Mr. Internet Man
          Mr. Internet Man  6 days back

          Brad accent level: WHO YOU KIDDIN AH?

          • Udit Gupta
            Udit Gupta  6 days back

            this was the first episode?

            • YamSakerII
              YamSakerII  7 days back

              can you add sugar mid-fermentation if you fear you've added too little at start?

              • fununcle
                fununcle  1 weeks back

                RIP “Brad’s World”

                • Engrish Muffin
                  Engrish Muffin  1 weeks back

                  5:26 the editor is on drugs.

                  • Josh Creter
                    Josh Creter  1 weeks back

                    It's adorable how hard Brad tries to be a focused, typical host in this. Fortunately his slightly chaotic energy shines through as a hint of what's to come.

                    • Tammy Medaris
                      Tammy Medaris  1 weeks back

                      Too many shots of Ashton kurcher, not enough of the cutie behind him..

                      • Molly Early
                        Molly Early  1 weeks back

                        Where did Vinnie go?

                        • Julie
                          Julie  1 weeks back

                          He's with Babish now

                      • HereitsZara
                        HereitsZara  2 weeks back

                        lol I love how the editor has always had the same energy

                        • Lamar the HeadCrab
                          Lamar the HeadCrab  2 weeks back

                          Not supposed to be using the cheese cloth tho.. esp to strain.

                          • Resul Avşar
                            Resul Avşar  2 weeks back

                            I'm re-watching this in 2019 so good!! and like someone before me said it's like a youtube time capsule for kicks they should maybe do a react video in 2020

                            • Boneclaw Walker
                              Boneclaw Walker  2 weeks back

                              Brad you are a beautiful trainwreck dumpster fire of a human and we love you

                              • stadioarcadio
                                stadioarcadio  3 weeks back

                                video pre-ad: Gordon Ramsay "wuotah in a bowl"
                                video: "wuorder"

                                • Huey
                                  Huey  3 weeks back

                                  Claire has that booty.

                                  • Grammy D
                                    Grammy D  3 weeks back

                                    I am so confused...

                                    • xoloveebuggxo
                                      xoloveebuggxo  3 weeks back

                                      Wait so they shot this video in March (3/28 on the bottle) but didn't release it until October????? Is that normal or were they sleeping on the genius that is Brad Leone and the It's Alive series ?!

                                      • Neel Ghosh
                                        Neel Ghosh  3 weeks back

                                        What's the name of the theme song?

                                        • Jack Kay
                                          Jack Kay  3 weeks back

                                          what are the wine bottle stoppers he shows us?

                                          • Tanner Raabe
                                            Tanner Raabe  3 weeks back

                                            Im wondering if their booch needed to be burped during the second ferm

                                            • Zalcry
                                              Zalcry  4 weeks back

                                              Where it all started

                                              • Ral Sharp
                                                Ral Sharp  4 weeks back

                                                Green tea and honey....
                                                Honey is way healthier than refined sugar..
                                                It's called Jun Kombucha 😍

                                                • Celina Angue
                                                  Celina Angue  4 weeks back

                                                  That cat meow since day one.

                                                  • Julian Bass-Krueger
                                                    Julian Bass-Krueger  1 months back

                                                    my god, chris morocco looks soooooo different now

                                                    • NoPlaceForTheDead
                                                      NoPlaceForTheDead  1 months back

                                                      Check out young BA test kitchen team.

                                                      • Alli
                                                        Alli  1 months back

                                                        Brad just radiates dad energy.

                                                        • Acer Chang
                                                          Acer Chang  1 months back

                                                          The birth of everything alive.

                                                          • G Coy
                                                            G Coy  1 months back

                                                            I want to drink with this dude. Cracks me the fk up

                                                            • •ᄉ•
                                                              •ᄉ•  1 months back

                                                              BABY CHRIS

                                                              • Czarina Marushka
                                                                Czarina Marushka  1 months back

                                                                I bet BA didn’t know this was the start of something great!! We love you, Brad!

                                                                • Nailed It
                                                                  Nailed It  1 months back

                                                                  Who’s the guy in the thumbnail? I thought it was brad but he has no beanie???

                                                                  • Muhammad Saadah
                                                                    Muhammad Saadah  1 months back

                                                                    This is like watching Iron Man 1 after Endgame

                                                                    • SharikSobaka
                                                                      SharikSobaka  1 months back

                                                                      Here’s an idea: make a new video with all the updates and experience brad has learned on how to make kombucha

                                                                      • Oliver Lewis
                                                                        Oliver Lewis  1 months back

                                                                        There are two men who make me question my sexuality in this world brad leone and Christoph waltz

                                                                        • Alex Robertson
                                                                          Alex Robertson  1 months back

                                                                          Jesus Christ

                                                                          • Naomi
                                                                            Naomi  1 months back

                                                                            I'd like to see an updated video with all the corrections and also a how-to on how to care for the scoby.

                                                                            • Daulah Iftitah
                                                                              Daulah Iftitah  1 months back

                                                                              I just remember what the scoby reminds me of;

                                                                              Nata de Coco

                                                                              • Evin Drews
                                                                                Evin Drews  1 months back

                                                                                "I like to come up with little names for them"
                                                                                - "so this is apricot, and I just write.. apricot"

                                                                                • kogan cames
                                                                                  kogan cames  1 months back

                                                                                  1:15 i was literally thinking I should try this with earl gray because it’s my favorite tea😂😭

                                                                                  • N B
                                                                                    N B  1 months back

                                                                                    After watching this 3 times I still don't know how to make Kombucha but at least I finally understand Brad's mumbling

                                                                                    • Emily Gu
                                                                                      Emily Gu  1 months back

                                                                                      Wait does the saliva affect the fermentation at all?

                                                                                      • Kelly
                                                                                        Kelly  2 months back

                                                                                        Ok but Andy hasn't changed a bit!

                                                                                        • Robyn Jeart
                                                                                          Robyn Jeart  2 months back

                                                                                          I never knew why Brad always wore a beanie until now.

                                                                                          • leacorner
                                                                                            leacorner  2 months back

                                                                                            Tomorrow is the three year anniversary of the beginning of this awesome series <3

                                                                                            • zeveroare R
                                                                                              zeveroare R  2 months back

                                                                                              Hill Farmstead bottles make for perfect vessels.