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What type of equipment do I need to begin a commercial Kombucha company?

I would like to start a Kombucha brewing company here in Hawaii. Please give me advice on what equipment I need to begin a commercial business. Thank you for your help.
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Kombucha is one of the fastest growing sub-segments of beverage production nowadays.  That's exciting that you're thinking of making kombucha on a commercial scale.  For those who don't know, kombucha is a fermented beverage generally made using sweetened black tea and a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast).  It sounds fancy, but essentially it's a lightly-alcoholic, fermented tea drink.  

Production of kombucha does not require that much equipment- the major things needed are a fermentation vessel (usually people use a large glass carboy for home production, and larger steel vessels for commercial production), some sort of racking cane system to pump the kombucha from the fermentation vessel to a continuous fermentation vessel (usually another large vessel similar to the one used for fermentation), as well as simple filtration equipment.  If you'll be bottling your kombucha for sale, it will also be necessary to purchase requisite bottle filling/labeling equipment- the type of equipment you need will depend on the type of bottle and the production volume you're planning on.

Most suppliers that deal in winery/brewery equipment can also help you with the fermentation vessel and bottle filling equipment you will need.

There is fancier equipment available to help you monitor the pH levels of the kombucha solution as it's fermenting, if that's something you'd like.  Also, don't forget that you will need to get licensed as a beverage producer in your home state, and you'll need to source your SCOBY from somewhere or make it yourself.

Hope this helps a little!
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Oct 8, 2013

This helps, thanks I have beenproducing small batches of 20 gal a week and have everything but the equipment to go full bore into manufacturing.Picking the right equipment for this stage moving into a vat production with bottling andlbeling is where I hit the wall. Picking what my true needs are from all of the options I have found. One thing I have learned no one will buy it if it's in a a plastic bottle... some are using kegs here but honestly,I get a headache from anything drink from a keg... not sure why...so I think bottling will be my choice. If you have any further suggestions please let me know.

May 26, 2014

Why do you recommend a continuous brewing vessel, and how would you use that strategy on a large scale?

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You might also need a control system if you considering automating your facility. it will help monitoring the process and automating most of the process.

Let me know if you need more info.
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Nov 25, 2016

I am starting a company here in Latin America and would like some advice and prices of equipment needed for larger production as I have mastered the home production, please email me zeeka.[email address]

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If your product is carbonated, you will need a counter pressure filler and appropriate tank to control temperature and carbonation.
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Does anyone have an update on this? I'm going commercial and would really appreciate some tips on best equipments!
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