JUN Honey Culture Starter w/ Starter Tea - Rare JUN Strain
What is Jun Honey Culture? Those of you who are familiar with Kombucha tea may have heard of its rarer cousin Jun. Kombucha is a slightly different fermentation process from Jun, and contains different strains of bacteria. Some call Jun Honey Tea Culture the ‘champagne of kombucha’ due to its slightly sweeter more exotic qualities. Jun beverage taste like raw honey mead with a sour note – fizzy sweet with a tangy back taste.
Some people think that JUN honey culture is just a high priced kombucha culture mushroom, however, once working with the JUN one can see that it is not the same makeup as the traditional kombucha mushroom culture.
Kombucha is made by the fermentation of raw sugar and brewed black tea by a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast – also known as a SCOBY. It likes warm, humid climates and takes an average of 5 to 14 days to ferment – once the fermentation process starts
Jun, on the other hand, is a fermentation of raw honey and brewed green or white tea also by a SCOBY. However, since Jun was widely brewed and cultivated in the colder Tibetan regions, it takes longer to ferment and reproduce a new JUN culture if the climate is cold. It likes slightly cooler temperatures and seems to have as shorter brewing cycle, 3 to 7 days, to complete the fermentation process if temperature is higher, around 65 to 70 deg F.
Jun Honey culture, is known to some as the ‘champagne of kombucha’, it is like a honey mead when finished brewing. The fact remains that this is still a relatively unknown in the West and maintains a reverence surrounding it. The oral tradition of Jun goes back several millennia and it is thought that, Lau Tsu, himself gave an heirloom culture to the monks of Bon in Tibet.
Our JUN honey kombucha culture was brought back from Northern China/Tibet within the last few months and is a new strain that we now carry. The price is higher over kombucha starter, due to the cost of ingredients and the rarity of the strain. You will maintain the Jun culture strain (oc-0978jun) on a food source of raw or pasteurized honey and organic green or white tea. Darker black teas are not recommended.
This item comes with a 5.5" JUN culture with starter tea, no honey included.
Buy your Jun honey starter culture today and start making this new honey beverage that is x2 as good as kombucha tea!