Sterilize all equipment and jar with boiling water for 5 mins.
Bring 3 cups of distilled water to a boil.
Add 1 cup of sugar to the boiled water and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Add tea to the 3 cups of boiled water/sugar mix and let steep for 20 mins.
Let the sweet tea mix is room temperature.
Add the sweet tea mix to the 1-gallon jar, and dilute with the remaining 4 cups of water.
Add in 2 cups of Unflavored Kombucha
Cover the top of the jar with the tea cloth (Do not add the original jar's lid), and secure with a rubberband or string.
Set your jar in a warm, dark area of the house.
Do not move or disturb your batch too much after you have set it into a warm, dark area of your house.
The SCOBY will start to form over a few weeks. Usually 4 weeks. This will depend on the temperature of your home. You should try to maintain a temperature of 75-85 for proper SCOBY growth.
At first not much will happen, you will notice some small white flakes floating on the surface of your brew, then these will start to form a mass at the top of the jar. Once your SCOBY is around 1/4 inches thick it is ready to use in your first batch of Kombucha.
In cooler months to help maintain the temperature, you can use a Brewing & Fermentation Heat Pad
*Keep your SCOBY in the liquid until you are ready to start making Kombucha, you will also need to use some of the liquid from this starter batch.