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Kombucha Tea Project

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Thomas Sullivan

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Transcript of Kombucha Tea Project

Groups
The control group is a name brand bottle of kombucha tea. The experimental group is the homemade batch of kombucha tea.
Variables
The dependent variable is what materials are put in the kombucha. The independent variable is the SCOBY mushroom. Results will be measured by taste. A group of people will be required to get the best results.
Conclusions
Background
Kombucha tea is a unique fermented beverage that has been around for ages. Kombucha is made by making tea, letting that tea cool down, adding sugar, and finally adding the essential ingredient, the SCOBY mushroom. Then it has to brew in a dark, warm place.
Hypothesis
Problem Statement
This experiment is designed to see weather making home brewed Kombucha is a better, less expensive alternative to buying the expensive name brand from the store.
Kombucha Tea Project
By: Thomas Sullivan
Hour 1

Background Continued
This project is important to me because I really enjoy kombucha tea. However, the name brand costs up to six dollars. If this experiment works, it means I can brew my own kombucha at home without paying six dollars for it.
Science Standards
MS-LS1-7 Develop a model to describe how food is rearranged through chemical reactions forming new molecules that support growth and/or release energy as this matter moves through an organism
The control group was completely normal. The experimental group turned into a successful batch of kombucha
http://www.foodservicedirect.com/product.cfm/p/167617/GTs-Enlightened-Synergy-Organic-and-Raw-Kombucha.htm
This is an example of a name brand bottle of Kombucha Tea
http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Kombucha-Tea

Other information obtained from family members.

Sources
http://www.celebritybabyscoop.com/2010/01/05/how-to-make-your-own-kombucha-tea
Materials
SCOBY mushroom
Tea kettle
Water
Sugar
Stove
Tea bags
Jar
Cover
Bottles.
Procedure
Boil water
Add 5 teabags to water
Turn stove off and add 1 cup of sugar
When tea is cool, pour in jar.
Add SCOBY.
Place tea in dark place for about a week.
Enjoy!
If tea is fermented with a SCOBY mushroom, then I can create kombucha tea, because the kombucha tea cannot be considered kombucha without the SCOBY mushroom.
http://www.kombuchakamp.com/2010/09/kombucha-is-not-a-mushroom-people.html
SCOBY mushroom
The SCOBY can recreate in the brewing process. The SCOBY for this experiment recreated itself on the tea bags!
Data
Control Group
Flavor: Tart, Zesty
Fizziness: High
Experimental Group
Flavor: Mellow, Smooth
Fizziness: Low
Conclusions
In conclusion, the experiment succeeded. The hypothesis was If tea is fermented with a SCOBY mushroom, then I can create kombucha tea, because the kombucha tea cannot be considered kombucha without the SCOBY mushroom.
Sources of Error
1. The tea bags were left in the jar.
2. It was unsure if the SCOBY was alive.
Improvements
1. Tea bags should be removed.
2. Make sure the SCOBY is alive.
THE END!
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