Hey guys! I wanted to share with you all an accident I had a few weeks ago while brewing kombucha. As you can tell from the photos in this post, I burned myself pretty badly while brewing kombucha.
In this series of posts, I recommend a 1 gallon Ball Mason Jar to put your cold brewed kombucha tea in. These jars have worked beautifully for me, but I recently switched to a continuous brew system (post coming soon) and here is where I made my mistake.
When Accidents Happen…
So as I mentioned, I have recently switched over to a continuous brew for my kombucha needs. To do a continuous brew, you need a container like this one: 2.5 gallon glass dispenser.
This freed up my 1 gallon container that I mentioned above in this post. With continuous brew, you just brew whatever you drink and replace it with fresh kombucha tea.
Where I went wrong is that I brewed the water for the tea in the kettle and poured the HOT water directly into these 1 Gallon Ball Mason Jars to finish brewing the tea with the sugar and tea bags.
The water was so hot that the glass exploded and the hot liquid poured all over me.
Now I can regularly, and canning jars can handle VERY hot temperatures. What I did not remember was that these 1 gallon ball mason jars are for decoration purposes only and should NOT be used for hot liquids!
In hindsight, I remember reading that on the label when I purchased these containers, but it had been several years and quite frankly…I forgot.
I don’t want anyone else to make the same mistake as I did, so I am sharing my story. DO NOT BREW HOT LIQUIDS IN THESE 1 GALLON BALL MASON JARS!
These jars can be used to hold cold brewed tea, like I used in my kombucha posts… but please do not use hot liquids in them.
So if you want to use hot liquids in mason canning jars, just make sure that the jars are heat treated, or made specifically for canning.
I use these Ball Wide Mouth Half Gallon Jars and they work beautifully. I now also allow the liquid in the kettle to cool a bit before adding to the canning jars. It doesn’t have to be piping hot to brew a good tea.
The key, make sure the jars are heat treated to avoid an accident like mine. More to come on how I healed this burn naturally!