Tag: workshop


Green Lab Kombucha

Jon Katona, Green Labs resident Kombucha specialist is now fermenting and brewing his own Kombucha here in the lab.

Kombucha is raw fermented tea. The sugar-tea solution is fermented by bacteria and yeast commonly known as SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). Although its usually made with black tea, Kombucha can also be made with many other types of tea, or even coffee. These ingredients are left to ferment in a warm environment for a period of time, becoming a delicious, refreshing, nutrient dense drink.

Green Lab has been brewing its own Kombucha for the past 6 months and we’re keen to share how simple and straight forward it can be to ferment your own strain of tea and get creative with flavouring.

Fermentation

With the increasing concern with our own bacteria and maintaining a healthy gut Kombucha has grown in popularity. Fermenting foods in order to keeps stores during the winter is an age old technique and along the way our ancestors discovered that this technique also aided their health. In more recent years and our reliance on a fridge/freezer the need to ferment and preserve our fresh food in the same way lessened. With this we not only lost an understanding of seasons but we neglected our gut health. We are now starting to re-appreciate how vital a varied diet with the addition of fermented foods can be, with many seeking out easy pro-biotic boosts such as Kombucha.

fermenting Kombucha &

Health benefits

The health benefits from fermented foods are plentiful from help with nutrient absorption, vitamin synthesis, breaking down proteins, alkalizing pH, restoring homeostasis, boosting immunity, and producing immunoglobulins. The process enables the nutrients to be more easily absorbed by our bodies, allowing us to work less and benefit more.

workshops:

We hosted our first workshop last weekend at the lab. The event started with a tasting session, trying some punchy freshly brewed Kombucha and raspberry puree before diving into the deep end, learning about the drinks restorative, detoxifying and adaptive properties. Their were tastings of live ‘booch’ through the different fermentation stages, which gave the class a sense of the flavour evolution throughout the process – from sweet to tart as the brew matures, right through to extremely potent and versatile Kombucha vinegar. They tasted bottle-aged Kombucha flavoured with ingredients from fiery chilli, sasperilla root, rosemary and schizandra berry. Everyone was then given a SCOBY starter kit to start brewing their own concoctions at home as well as some of their own personally flavoured brew.

Green Lab Kombucha station &

If you are interested to learn more about Kombucha and how easy it can be to make yourself, sign up to one our workshops to kick start your fermentation journey.

Jon will be hosting  his next Kombucha workshop here at the lab – ‘learn to ferment and make your own Kombucha at Green Lab’ on Saturday 27th January, buy tickets here.

He will also be hosting ‘Learn to brew Kombucha with Green Lab’ at Makerversity as part of their Material Explorations program. For the third part of the series they are presenting Pharma Foods, exploring the world of synthetic biology and discussing how our eating  habits are set to change. With progress into lab grown food, and ethical decisions, Kombucha represents how our search for health can also look to the past.

‘Learn to brew Kombucha with Green Lab’ will be held at Makerversity, Somerset House on Saturday 10th February, buy tickets here.

AirBnB Making Terrariums in Green Lab

A small team from AirBnB joined by their CEO Brian Chesky spent the afternoon in Green Lab on the 10th March making their own terrariums with the help of Friche London. The AirBnB team were visiting a number of major capital cities as part of a global tour – the workshop was the first pilot in London as part of a new AirBnB initiative called Social Impact Experiences.

Given this was our very first event in Green Lab we were really excited and pleased to have hosted such a fun event with a great team: Friche London, 3Space. and Season Supper Club.

AirBnB - Social Impact Experiences
Ready. Set. Just need the people.

AirBnB - Social Impact Experiences
Friche conducting proceedings in Green Lab.

AirBnB - Social Impact Experiences
Everything looking good.

AirBnB - Social Impact Experiences
Mossy aftermath.

AirBnB - Social Impact Experiences
Happy AirBnB team with their terrariums.

AirBnB - Social Impact Experiences
Time for some lunch, prepared on site in Green Lab Kitchen by www.seasonsupperclub.com


What is a terrarium?
Terrariums are usually sealable glass containers containing soil and plants, and can be opened for maintenance to access the plants inside. However, terrariums can also be open to the atmosphere rather than being sealed. Terrariums are often kept as decorative or ornamental items.
Read more at Wikipedia.


Green Lab workshops and event hire
Green Lab has a large event space for all kinds of events, if you’d like to take part in one of workshops, hire the event space or just drop in to see what we’re up to – email hello@greenlab.org. We live in Bermondsey just a short walk from the station in an old school kitchen.

Creative Commons Licence
All images are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.