Jun Bärbucha Kombucha
Aktualisiert: 20. Feb 2020
Time for a different type of Kombucha. The so called Jun, or Jun Kombucha. This is a less popular version of Kombucha. And the one that is veiled in a lot of mystery.
If you try to find out about the origins of this brew, you will find a lot of stories about it. Unfortunately, most of those stories are not backed by any sources. Supposedly Jun comes from Tibet, but again that is not substantiated by Tibetan sources.
I also have a theory about Jun - taking into account all that I know about Jun & Kombucha, I am convinced that Jun is the original Kombucha.
And here is one the main reasons for that: when you take into consideration the over 2K of Kombucha history, you should ask yourself - what exactly did people use at that time as a sweetener. Sugar cane & sugar granules were around at that time, but in India. Honey, on the other hand was always around & was much easier to get than sugar granules.
One more thing worth of mentioning is that one of the names for Kombucha in Chinese is "Hongchajun" 红茶菌, with Hong Cha also being a Red Tea.
But that's my theory.
So what exactly is Jun. Jun, just like Kombucha, is a fermented tea.
So what is the difference between those two?
For one, Kombucha can be made with any type of tea, Jun on the other hand can only be made with white or green tea.
The second difference is that, as opposed to regular Kombucha traditionally made with sugar, Jun is only made with honey & that honey can be raw. In other words, raw honey that has antiviral & antibacterial properties does not cause any problems for the real Jun Scoby. The same can not be said about raw honey & a Kombucha Scoby.
The third difference between those two is: Jun fermentation takes only about half of the time that is required for Kombucha fermentation. To be more precise, it takes usually 3 days. And it's because honey is a form of simple sugar & it is much easier to break it down for the Jun Scoby.
Speaking of Jun Scoby. If you need one, you can get one through our online store:
Now, back to Jun. It's been around in our repertoire for almost as long as our Kombucha. Almost, as we started with it about half a year later.
Here's one of the first pics of our Jun with what was then our first Jun labels:
As you can see, the Jun is usually lighter than Kombucha & it also has stronger natural carbonation. Because of that, Jun is sometime called the "Champagne" of Kombucha.
Let's take a look how we make our Jun, especially that our recipe has changed.
And the reason for this change was to have Jun made with just one single tea, like the rest of the Kombucha in our Premium Line.
So, the tea of choice for Jun is one of our favorites, the Dragon Well Tea, also known as Longjing or Lung Ching, here in Germany.
To find out more about this wonderful green tea, please check our post about Lung Ching Bärbucha Kombucha
The good tea choice is very important for the final outcome of Jun. But the truly defining agent is the honey. Honey can make it or break it. And as you know honey can vary in sweetness & in flavor strength. When the honey is very defined, its flavor can overpower the fine notes of the tea.
We use a local, raw & unfiltered honey from apiary located about an hour from Berlin.
This honey is not overly sweet & it has nice & delicate floral notes.
The other two ingredients are: filtered & revitalized water & the Jun culture with the starter liquid. But first, we steep our tea. The proper temperature is very important. If the water is too hot, it ruins the tea flavor, making it bitter.
And here's another shot of the Dragon Well tea, after it is strained.
Once the liquid is at room temperature, we add our raw honey.
And then comes the happy Scoby.
Three days later, our Jun goes into bottles.
And it usually goes straight into fridge. The second fermentation happens quite fast & inside the fridge. Then within couple of days, it is ready for enjoyment.
Since Jun is, by nature, quite bubbly, it is often used as a replacement for Champagne by people who choose not to consume alcohol. Also, even though it is made with honey, Jun is really not any sweeter than a well made Kombucha. On the contrary, it tends to get dry with age.
So, in Summer, it is a great refreshment drink.
Ingredients: Filtered & Revitalized Water, Live Jun Cultures, Local Raw Honey & Longjing Green Tea
You can also check our other blog entry about our seasonal Elderflower Jun Kombucha
To find out more about green tea & honey, please check out our next blog post..