Using a spigot for your kombucha is a great way to make the home brewing process more easy and clean. But which is the best spigot for kombucha? And what needs to be done to properly care for your spigot? Breaking it all down here!
Why use a spigot?
Using a spigot acts as a faucet or tap for your kombucha vessel, meaning you can easily draw out your first fermentation kombucha without having to touch the SCOBY or remove the cloth covering! Just open the tap, and pour kombucha straight into your fermentation bottles or a glass.
While spigots are most commonly associated with continuous brewing (where you draw out a little kombucha at a time), they’re also handy for batch brewing (especially if you’re working with a large vessel).
Is it safe to use a spigot?
If done correctly, using a spigot for kombucha is safe. Just be sure to keep two things in mind:
- Keep it clean: Keep your spigot clean and unclogged
- Use proper materials: Avoid low grade plastics, metallic paints, or glues (see our recommendations for best kombucha spigots below)
What spigot is best?
While there are numerous spigots you can use that are made from proper materials, these are our two favorites!
- Stainless Steel Spigot: Stainless steel (grade 304 or higher) is our favorite material for a kombucha spigot. It won’t corrode and is easiest to keep clean.
- Brew Safe Plastic Spigot: Food grade plastic is also great as a kombucha spigot. Ensure plastic is always kept clean and free from scratches in order to prevent bacteria from living on or around the spigot.
How to install a spigot
Installing a new spigot on your kombucha vessel is simple. Here’s how:
- Remove the old spigot if it’s not brew safe. Many drink dispensers come with plastic or coated dispensers that are not safe for brewing kombucha. They should easily come unscrewed and can be removed from the vessel.
- Clean your new spigot by submerging it in boiling water for a few minutes (here’s how we like to clean kombucha gear).
- Install your new spigot according to the instructions on the package (each setup may differ slightly).
- Check for leaks by filling the vessel with water and setting it over a plate or bowl for 24 hours. If it leaks, adjust the washers and rescrew it together.
- Sterilize your setup by pouring boiling water into the vessel, enough to cover the spigot. Let it sit for a few minutes then pour out the water. For a final punch, add distilled white vinegar and swish it around.
- Brew your kombucha (here’s how)!
How to care for a spigot
Your spigot may become clogged with yeast strands or pieces of SCOBY. If that happens, simply unclog it gently with a bottle brush or q-tip. If the spigot is still clogged, empty the vessel and remove the spigot in order to remove all the gunk.
You should also keep an eye out for build up or chipping around the spigot, which could house bacteria. With a quality spigot, however, this shouldn’t be a problem.