What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is a living health drink made by fermenting tea and sugar with the kombucha yeast culture. The finished beverage tastes like a cross between sparkling apple cider and champagne, depending on the type of tea that is used. The first recorded use of kombucha comes from China in 221 BC during the Tsin Dynasty, when it was known as “The Tea of Immortality."
Besides being tasty and refreshing, kombucha provides healthful micronutrients and bacteria beneficial to digestion as well as antioxidants and B-vitamins.
Kombucha supports digestion because of the high levels of beneficial acid, probiotics, and enzymes.
Kombucha tea contains antioxidants, compounds that block the action of free radicals (activated oxygen molecules that can damage cells).
Kombucha can invigorate people through the iron released from the black tea during fermentation. It also contains caffeine (very small amounts) and B-vitamins, which can energize the body.
Nutrition facts: 8 ounces of kombucha contains only 30 calories and 2 grams of sugar.
I noticed a jelly-like glob floating in my kombucha - is that supposed to be there?
Yes! Kombucha is fermented tea that contains live cultures. You will see “globs” of different shapes and sizes floating in your kombucha. Do not be alarmed- this is normal - and necessary! You may strain them out before drinking – or if you are brave enough you can drink them!
Should I shake my bottle before drinking?
I do not suggest shaking it because it could cause a lot of fizz and a lot of mess. However, giving it a gentle swirl before opening is fine.
I left my kombucha out of the refrigerator – is it still OK to drink?
Yes - leaving it out at room temperature just promotes more fermentation, but it is not going to be harmful to consume.
My kombucha seems to have lost its fizz. Is there a way to reactivate the carbonation?
To reactivate the fermentation and add more fizz, you may leave your kombucha out on the counter for 1-2 days to allow it to ferment longer. However, keep in mind that if you do this, the carbonation will begin to build and you will need to “burp” your bottle daily - which means to briefly open the cap to let air escape and retighten. If you do not burp your bottle while it is at room temperature you may have an explosion with broken glass.
When your kombucha is at your desired carbonation preference, store it in the refrigerator and that will stop/slow the fermentation process.
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