Kombucha Recipes, Brewing Kits, Mushrooms & Kombucha Tea https://www.getkombucha.com Purchase & Learn About Kombucha Cultures, SCOBY, Kombucha Tea, Extracts, Tinctures & More Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:53:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 #007 Kombucha Benefits Series: Number 6 https://www.getkombucha.com/007-kombucha-benefits-series-number-6/ https://www.getkombucha.com/007-kombucha-benefits-series-number-6/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:10:45 +0000 https://www.getkombucha.com/?p=3779 GetKombucha.com is the highest rated Kombucha site online!

Yes! Another The Kombucha Podcast episode. Welcome to the 6th part of the Kombucha Benefits Series. In this episode, we will be talking about another benefit of K-tea, which I am not going to say because it might gross you out. But we know it’s totally normal and it’s good for us, especially to those

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Yes! Another The Kombucha Podcast episode. Welcome to the 6th part of the Kombucha Benefits Series. In this episode, we will be talking about another benefit of K-tea, which I am not going to say because it might gross you out. But we know it’s totally normal and it’s good for us, especially to those who want to detoxify and lose weight. I don’t know if you are getting my point, but I’m giving you a clue: Poooooop. Click on the play button to listen to another kombucha benefit now.

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#006 Kombucha Benefits Series: Number 5 https://www.getkombucha.com/006-kombucha-benefits-series-number-5/ https://www.getkombucha.com/006-kombucha-benefits-series-number-5/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:39:10 +0000 https://www.getkombucha.com/?p=3751 GetKombucha.com is the highest rated Kombucha site online!

Welcome to the 6th episode of The Kombucha Podcast and the 5th of the Kombucha Benefits Series. In this episode, Dave will be talking to you about another benefit that you can get from drinking k-tea: it improves you immune system. Listen to this episode to learn more about this amazing benefit.  

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Welcome to the 6th episode of The Kombucha Podcast and the 5th of the Kombucha Benefits Series. In this episode, Dave will be talking to you about another benefit that you can get from drinking k-tea: it improves you immune system. Listen to this episode to learn more about this amazing benefit.

 

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#005 Kombucha Benefits Series: Number 4 https://www.getkombucha.com/005-kombucha-benefits-series-number-4/ https://www.getkombucha.com/005-kombucha-benefits-series-number-4/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 05:54:09 +0000 https://www.getkombucha.com/?p=3686 GetKombucha.com is the highest rated Kombucha site online!

Howdy! Welcome to another episode of the Kombucha Benefits Series. In this episode, we will be talking about the number 4 benefit of drinking Kombucha tea. Want to learn what is it? Listen to this podcast below. Want to get the latest updates on The Kombucha Podcast straight to your email? Subscribe to The Kombucha

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Howdy! Welcome to another episode of the Kombucha Benefits Series. In this episode, we will be talking about the number 4 benefit of drinking Kombucha tea. Want to learn what is it? Listen to this podcast below.

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Drinking Kombucha FAQs https://www.getkombucha.com/drinking-kombucha-faqs/ https://www.getkombucha.com/drinking-kombucha-faqs/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 12:11:43 +0000 https://www.getkombucha.com/?p=3670 GetKombucha.com is the highest rated Kombucha site online!

Question: What are the health benefits of drinking Kombucha tea? Answer: Your body will thank you for drinking Kombucha tea because of the following benefits: It can speed up metabolism. It can help you lose weight. It can improve your skin. It can make your hair grow faster, stronger and shinier . It reduces your

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  • Question: What are the health benefits of drinking Kombucha tea?
    • Answer: Your body will thank you for drinking Kombucha tea because of the following benefits:
      1. It can speed up metabolism.
      2. It can help you lose weight.
      3. It can improve your skin.
      4. It can make your hair grow faster, stronger and shinier .
      5. It reduces your stress levels.
      6. It can relieve Acid reflux.
      7. It can treat hangover.
      8. It helps in treating Eczema.
      9. It soothes you.
      10. It energizes you.
  • Question: How much Kombucha should I drink?
    • Answer: It’s really up to your body. Some people can drink up to 3 liters of Kombucha in a day; some can’t. But as rule of the thumb, we recommend you start with a glass or 8 oz. of k-tea, then work your way up.
  • Question: Can my kids drink Kombucha tea?
    • Answer:  Of course! Kombucha tea is an acquired taste. If they like it, go for it. But, don’t let them drink too much.
  • Question: I heard Kombucha contains alcohol. Can I get drink from drinking Kombucha?
    • Answer:  Yes, Kombucha has alcohol contents. But the level of alcohol is very low. You will have to drink tons of it to get drunk.
  • Question: I’m a soon-to-be-mom. Can pregnant women drink Kombucha tea?
    • Answer: Many women have been drinking Kombucha during pregnancy. But, we recommend you consult your doctor.
  • Question: I’m taking medications for my health condition, can I still drink Kombucha tea?
    • Answer: As much as we want to say yes, we’re not medical professionals, so it’s best if you consult your doctor if you can drink Kombucha with your medications
  • Question: What should Kombucha tea taste like?
    • Answer: Kombucha tea should taste effervescent, sweet and tart. When it tastes like that, your booch is ready.
  • Question: I’m a Paleo-eater, can I still drink Kombucha?
    • Answer: Yes! Kombucha is paleo, so you definitely can drink it.
  • Question: Is Kombucha tea GAPS-friendly?
    • Answer: Yes! So,cheers.
  • Question: I’m a breastfeeding mom, can I drink Kombucha tea?
    • Answer: Try it! If you and your child don’t feel bad, continue drinking Kombucha tea
  • Question: I’m a diabetic, will drinking Kombucha tea increase my blood sugar level?
    • Answer: No. The sugar in Kombucha is not for you. It’s for the culture. The culture feeds on the sugar and it converts the sugar to good yeast.
  • Question: I’m a diabetic, will drinking Kombucha tea increase my blood sugar level?
    • Answer: No. The sugar in Kombucha is not for you. It’s for the culture. The culture feeds on the sugar and it converts the sugar to good yeast and probiotics.
  • Question: Can my pets drink Kombuchat tea?
    • Answer: Kombucha dogs! Yes, pets can drink kombucha tea. My friends have pets they serve with booch.
  • Question: Does drinking Kombucha tea have a bad effect?
    • Answer: Unfortunately, yes. It can stain your teeth Fortunately, just rinse your teeth with water after drinking kombucha to avoid strained teeth.
  • Question: I just read that Kombucha contains yeast. Can I drink it even if I have candida?
    • Answer: Yes. The yeast in Kombucha tea is not pathogenic yeast that causes Candida.
  • Question: I’m trying to get rid of caffeine. Can I drink kombucha?
    • Answer: You can make a caffeine-free Kombucha! Learn how to here.

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#004 Kombucha Benefits Series: Number 3 https://www.getkombucha.com/kombucha-benefits-series-number-3/ https://www.getkombucha.com/kombucha-benefits-series-number-3/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 05:54:02 +0000 https://www.getkombucha.com/?p=3622 GetKombucha.com is the highest rated Kombucha site online!

Welcome to another episode of the Kombucha Benefits Series! In this episode, we will talk about the 3rd benefit of kombucha drinking to the body. So, what is it? It’s stress relief! Listen to Dave as he explains the stress relief that Kombucha drinking will give to you. Want to get the latest updates on

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Welcome to another episode of the Kombucha Benefits Series! In this episode, we will talk about the 3rd benefit of kombucha drinking to the body. So, what is it? It’s stress relief! Listen to Dave as he explains the stress relief that Kombucha drinking will give to you.

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Making Kombucha FAQs https://www.getkombucha.com/making-kombucha-faqs/ https://www.getkombucha.com/making-kombucha-faqs/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:49:29 +0000 https://www.getkombucha.com/?p=3592 GetKombucha.com is the highest rated Kombucha site online!

Question: Can I make my own Kombucha tea at home? Answer: Absolutely! Anyone can make their own kombucha tea. Question: What do I need to make Kombucha tea at home? Answer: (1 Gallon Kombucha Recipe) You will need Kombucha Mushrooms (also called as SCOBY and Culture), 1 cup of Kombucha mushroom starter, 1 cup organic

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  • Question: Can I make my own Kombucha tea at home?
    • Answer: Absolutely! Anyone can make their own kombucha tea.
  • Question: What do I need to make Kombucha tea at home?
    • Answer: (1 Gallon Kombucha Recipe) You will need Kombucha Mushrooms (also called as SCOBY and Culture), 1 cup of Kombucha mushroom starter, 1 cup organic sugar, 4 to 6 tea bags (if using premium loose whole tea leaf, use 4-6 tsp), a breathable cover (can be handkerchief or paper towel. Just make sure there are no holes, so the fruit flies can pass through), rubber bands to hold up the cover, stainless steel pot, a kombucha brewing vessel (could be a porcelain jar, an oak jar, a stainless steel jar or a food grade platic jar). If you get our Kombucha Continuous Brewing System, you get all these materials and ingredients.
  • Question: I already have the materials and ingredients needed, how should I get started?
    • Answer: To brew Kombucha, here are the things you need to do:
      1. Boil 4 cups of water.
      2. Pour the boiled water to your Kombucha brewing vessel. Then add tea bags and let it sit for 5 minutes.
      3. Remove the tea bags or strain if you’re using loosen tea.
      4. Add sugar to the tea and stir to dissolve.
      5. Let the tea cool down.
      6. Add water until the vessel is 3/4 full.
      7. When the water has completely cooled down, add your culture. (Make sure your hands are clean.)
      8. Cover with the breathable piece of cloth or paper using the rubber bands.
      9. Look for a slightly warm, ventilated and dark place like your open closet or kitchen counter and leave it there for 5-10 days.
      10. Do the Happy Dance. If you like to sing, feel free. :)
      11. On the 5th day, get a straw and gently insert it to the vessel. Make sure it doesn’t touch the SCOBY. Then taste. If it’s too sour, reduce your brewing cycle next time. If it’s too sweet, leave it and taste it the next day. If it tastes perfect, you can drink it or do a second ferment to add flavor! You will also know it’s ready if the pH level is 3.0, which help in avoiding pathogens or mold.
      12. Enjoy drinking the plain Kombucha tea or continue to second ferment (2F) and adding flavors.
  • Question: How long do I have to wait to taste my Kombucha?
    • Answer:The truth is, there’s no definite answer. Because it will have to depend on the strength of the starter tea you used, the type of tea, the location where you stored your kombucha, the temperature, the number of SCOBY you used and if you left it undisturbed or not. Rule of the thumb: If you are in tropical countries and used two or more SCOBYs, taste it on the 3rd day. If you are not, taste on the 5th day.
  • Question:How do you know if you produced a good batch of Kombucha tea?
    • Answer: If it tastes sweet and a bit sour and it doesn’t have mold, it’s a good batch.
  • Question: What’s the correct temperature for Kombucha tea?
    • Answer: Between 73°-83°F (23°-28°C) is about right. If it’s winter, you can use a Kombucha heating mat.
  • Question:There are some stringy particles in my brew, what are they?
    • Answer: Don’t worry, it’s probably just yeast buildup.
  • Question:There’s a film-like layer growing inside my brew, what is it?
    • Answer: Congrats! You just became a Kombucha Mama or Papa. You can use this SCOBY to brew another batch of Kombucha or just keep it in the vessel. You can also share it with your friends.
  • Question:Help! I’m worried it might be mold that I’m seeing in my brew. What does mold look like?
    • Answer: You can send us a picture at info@getkombucha.com so we can examine.Mold look blue-greenish or blackish and fuzzy. Like the usual mold that you see.
  • Question:What should I do if my Kombucha has mold?
    • Answer: Sorry, there’s no other answer but to throw it away. :(
  • Question:I want a fizzy Kombucha tea, how do I make it?
    • Answer:If you want to make a fizzy kombucha, do a second fermentation also called as 2F and add flavor to your tea. The second fermentation will give fizz and it will be fizzier if you add flavors. To do that, remove the SCOBY (culture or mushroom) from the vessel and secure it into another clean vessel to start another brew. Harvest the tea and pour it into your bottles. Then add the flavor that you want, it could be fresh fruit juice, dried herbs, or fruit extracts, then put on the bottle lids and let it sit for 4-5 days. On the 4th day open the bottle carefully and you’d get fizzy kombucha tea. Note: The fizziness will depend on the type of flavor you used. Some fruits will produce too fizzy tea while others don’t. Watch this video and this one, too to learn how to bottle and flavor the kombucha tea to make it fizzy.
  • Question: How do I flavor my kombucha tea?
    • Answer: To flavor the Kombucha tea, you need your flavoring ingredient. You can use fresh fruit, fruit juice, frozen fruit, dried herbs and spices, seeds or extracts. If you’re using whole fruits, smoosh or squeeze the fruits a little to extract the flavor and toss it on to your bottled tea. The amount of fruits you add will depend on how strong you want the kombucha tea to be. Rule of the thumb: Fruits should be 10-30% of the amount of the kombucha tea you’re flavoring. If you’re using juice, add 10-20%. If you’re using dried herbs and spices, believe in the power of your taste. Just do the taste test. For extracts, start with 1/4 tsp.
  • Question: I don’t have sugar available right now, can I use honey in brewing kombucha tea?
    • Answer: Good question! We don’t really recommend using honey because it has bacteria that may not be good to the bacteria from the kombucha culture and may eventually cause the culture to die. Harald Tietze in his book, “The Miracle Fungus”, mentioned Mr. Perko using honey in fermenting Kombucha tea. However, he uses it only during the second fermentation. Also, a temperature of 83°F (28°C) is very important when using honey.
  • Question: Which is better, green tea or black tea?
    • Answer: Neither. Both teas are great in their own way. Many people mix them together.
  • Question:  What type of sugar should I use in making your own kombucha tea?
    • Answer: You can use any type of sugar except for molasses, stevia (leaves or liquid), agave nectar, coconut sugar, rice sugar, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, maple syrup, or any artificial sweetener like aspartame, saccharine, xylitol, etc.
  • Question:  What fruits and herbs are great for flavoring my kombucha tea ?
    • Answer: Anything you can think of! The best thing about making your own kombucha is you can experiment and make your own flavors! But if you’re a first time brewer and you don’t have enough culture to experiment with, use foolproof flavoring ingredient such as Ginger, so you will not waste any of your beloved SCOBY. You can use different types of berries, mangoes, peaches, oranges, lemon, apple, banana, watermelon, chia seeds, sunflower seeds and many more.
  • Question: What type of jars/bottles can I use when fermenting Kombucha tea?
    • Answer: We always recommend glass jars and bottles in fermenting Kombucha tea, especially when the SCOBY is in there. The culture don’t get along very well with the chemicals found in metal and plastic bottles. You can use metal, as long as it’s stainless steel and plastic if it is food grade. Your culture shouldn’t have a contact with metal and plastic though. When bottling for second fermentation, we suggest glass bottles, too, to produce fizzy kombucha tea.
  • Question: Can I use any type of water to brew Kombucha tea?
    • Answer: We recommend Spring and Distilled water. If you don’t have, you can use tap water but boil it first to kill all the bad chemicals that can be detrimental to you and the culture’s health.
  • Question: Heeelllppp!! Fruit Flies are attacking my kombucha brew! What should I do?
    • Answer: You should get a fruit fly trap. There are many ways to make a trap. One thing we do is something like this Kombucha fruit fly trapThat’s a little kombucha tea in a small glass jar and a cardboard. Some people also use liquid detergent soap instead of a little kombucha tea. Or you can use mint.
  • Question: Where should I get my kombucha SCOBY?
    • Answer: You should get it from us!:) Kombucha culture is sensitive and if it has not been done right, it could go bad. Make sure you get it from a trusted source (eheeeem).
  • Question: I have heard from other kombucha brewers about Continuous brewing, how can I do it?
    • Answer: Many seasoned home brewers choose continuous brewing because its convenient. It is easy to maintain and you can produce a lot of Kombucha tea. To do continuous brewing, you need a system kit such as these. The fermentation process is still the same. However, you need to increase the volume of the ingredients because that’s the essence of continuous brewing. After you’ve set it up, you just have to wait for the culture to completely ferment, then you can harvest the produce. When you have a continuous brewing system going on, you can drink kombucha tea anytime you want to. You just need to feed it regularly with the starter and sweet tea. Here’s a more comprehensive way to do this.
  • Question:  Can I check/play with/stir Kombucha everyday during the brewing process?
    • Answer: We don’t recommend doing that because it will disturb the brewing process causing the fermentation to slow down.
  • Question: Kombucha pH testing. Is it important?
    • Answer: Yes, because when the pH level of your Kombucha is on the right level (average is 3.0) it helps to avoid getting pathogens and mold. Watch this video of Dave explaining pH levels of Kombucha.
  • Question:  Is the pH level of Kombucha important?
    • Answer: Yes, it is important that the pH of your Kombucha is on the ideal level, because it will help the culture to fight against E. coli, Salmonella typhi & M. canis. Think of the Kombucha mushroom as Superman and pH level as its kryptonite; its source of power.
  • Question:  What’s the ideal pH level for Kombucha?
    • Answer: The ideal ph level for Kombucha tea is 3.5 – 2.5. This is when your booch tastes just right and safe from mold and other bad bacteria.

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#003 Kombucha Benefits Series: Number 2 https://www.getkombucha.com/kombucha-benefits-series-number-2/ https://www.getkombucha.com/kombucha-benefits-series-number-2/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 09:15:02 +0000 https://www.getkombucha.com/?p=3547 GetKombucha.com is the highest rated Kombucha site online!

Welcome to another episode of The Kombucha Podcast. This is the second episode of the Kombucha Benefits Series. Listen to Dave as he talks about another amazing benefit that Kombucha has to offer to our body and health. Want to get the latest updates on The Kombucha Podcast straight to your email? Subscribe to The

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#002 Kombucha Benefits Series: Number 1 https://www.getkombucha.com/kombucha-benefits-series-number-1/ https://www.getkombucha.com/kombucha-benefits-series-number-1/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:57:50 +0000 https://www.getkombucha.com/?p=3387 GetKombucha.com is the highest rated Kombucha site online!

Welcome to Kombucha Benefits Series podcast! In this series, we will be talking about all the benefits that Kombucha has to offer to our body. This is the first part of this series.    Subscribe in a reader   Want to get the latest updates on The Kombucha Podcast straight to your email? Subscribe to

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#001 How to Flavor Kombucha – Podcast https://www.getkombucha.com/how-to-flavor-kombucha-podcast/ https://www.getkombucha.com/how-to-flavor-kombucha-podcast/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:28:07 +0000 https://www.getkombucha.com/?p=3381 GetKombucha.com is the highest rated Kombucha site online!

One of the things that we love about making our own Kombucha tea at home, is that we get to experiment with the flavors. If you feel adventurous like Dexter (of Dexter’s Laboratory) and want to experiment on how to flavor Kombucha tea, listen to this podcast.   Want to get the latest updates on The Kombucha

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One of the things that we love about making our own Kombucha tea at home, is that we get to experiment with the flavors. If you feel adventurous like Dexter (of Dexter’s Laboratory) and want to experiment on how to flavor Kombucha tea, listen to this podcast.

 

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Kombucha Ginger Tea Recipe https://www.getkombucha.com/kombucha-ginger-tea-recipe/ https://www.getkombucha.com/kombucha-ginger-tea-recipe/#comments Sun, 15 Jun 2014 19:09:31 +0000 http://www.getkombucha.com/?p=360 GetKombucha.com is the highest rated Kombucha site online!

How to make a Kombucha ginger, using a Kombucha ginger tea recipe. So the Kombucha ginger tea recipe is pretty straight forward, brew kombucha tea normally how you would following any of our recipes on our site or maybe your neighbor gave you a recipe and when you go to bottle your tea, you can

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How to make a Kombucha ginger, using a Kombucha ginger tea recipe.

So the Kombucha ginger tea recipe is pretty straight forward, brew kombucha tea normally how you would following any of our recipes on our site or maybe your neighbor gave you a recipe and when you go to bottle your tea, you can do a number of things:

You could take fresh ginger root and slice a quarter size worth of ginger. Now it’s better to do thinner slices, more thinner slices than just a big chunk, because you want surface area, more surface area the more available the ginger, so we’re talking about the glucose in ginger and the fructose in ginger, that will be readily available, more surface area will be able to convert, yeast will have at it a lot easier.

It is the yeast when we’re bottling that is still going to be active, the bacteria gets shut off when there’s no air, when we’re going straight to an anaerobic fermentation, the bacteria pretty much is done and the anaerobic yeasts are done, but the, I’m sorry the aerobic yeasts are done, but the anaerobic yeast, the yeasts that don’t require oxygen are still working and they will still convert the newly introduced sugar from this ginger root into (drum roll), a little CO2, a little bit of alcohol and lots of goodies, lots of good stuff.

So you could use sliced ginger, you could also use dry ginger or even a ginger candy.

Now ginger candy be careful because it’s naturally, probably going to have powdered sugar and stuff like that so you just want to make sure, please see our other references on how to bottle safely so that you ensure success.

My personal favorite is, if you already have a juicer, if you already own a juicer, juice fresh pressed ginger and just add the juice of the ginger, it is like nothing you’ve ever tasted before. Hopefully that helps your question, Kombucha ginger tea recipe.

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How many calories are in Kombucha? Well I will tell you this, the good news is that it’s a heck of a lot less than what you were probably going to drink had you not selected the choice of drinking Kombucha, what do I mean? Well a lot of people chose to drink Kombucha in

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How many calories are in Kombucha? Well I will tell you this, the good news is that it’s a heck of a lot less than what you were probably going to drink had you not selected the choice of drinking Kombucha, what do I mean? Well a lot of people chose to drink Kombucha in replacement of soda, and soda I believe ranges from, I don’t know maybe 120 calories per 12 ounce and a heck of a lot of sugar, maybe 35 – 40 grams of sugar depending on the type of soda. Kombucha I can not give you a specific number because when you home brew there are other variables, for instance, the longer you ferment, the less calories your Kombucha will have, also the less sugar and it happens, what happens after you ferment when you go to bottle? Meaning, are you adding fruit juices and stuff to your Kombucha when you bottle, or when you enjoy it? So those will actually increase calories as well as sugar. I will tell you that a good range would be per serving, we’re looking at 8 ounces per serving, though when you drink your Kombucha, if it’s the first time you’ve ever enjoyed Kombucha, or if you’re drinking Kombucha for specific reasons and also if you’re slowly incorporating Kombucha into your body, you might want only to drink 4 ounces per serving. If you’re having a bottle of Kombucha, at the store they sometimes sell it in 16 ounces, I would recommend drinking that 4 ounces, 4 times a day, so you’re consuming one bottle a day, broken up. Myself, I sometimes drink a gallon of Kombucha a day, so there’s no right or wrong, it’s how you react, listening to your own body and seeing what works for you.

To answer your question though, kombucha tea typically has about per 8 ounce serving about 5 grams of sugar and about 30-40 calories primarily coming from the sugar that has not been converted. We start off with a lot of sugar when we begin our fermentation and at the end of fermentation stage, that sugar gets reduced, organic acids, probiotics, stuff like vitamins and minerals go up and everyone’s happy. This is taking to account straight Kombucha when we’re looking at the recipe of water, sugar and tea and fermentation, see if you add fruit juice and other things when you go to bottle it will change the amount of calories in Kombucha, but either way know that it’s a heck of a lot less than the alternative of sugar, and not just from a calorie perspective, but from a nutrient perspective, a heck of a lot healthier for you

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Question came in, is Kombucha easy? The answer, shortest video response ever, yes, so let’s see why. Well let’s see the components, how do you make Kombucha, what are the ingredients in Kombucha? It is water, pretty easy enough, thankfully at least people we live, in my community, where water is pretty easily available. Tea,

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Question came in, is Kombucha easy? The answer, shortest video response ever, yes, so let’s see why. Well let’s see the components, how do you make Kombucha, what are the ingredients in Kombucha? It is water, pretty easy enough, thankfully at least people we live, in my community, where water is pretty easily available. Tea, now you can use other things besides tea, that gets a little more dense, we call it a nutrient solution. You could call it a source for nitrogen and ______ and other minerals and vitamins, but again we want to make Kombucha easy for the people that are listening or watching or reading this, so tea, so we got water, tea, sugar. Now don’t freak out, the sugar, most of it, like 90-95% gets converted into all this awesome stuff. Then we got a little bit of already brewed Kombucha tea, already made Kombucha tea, to, when you start brewing it, bring down the PH level making it preserved so you can brew it at room temperature and a Kombucha culture, Kombucha mushroom, Kombucha scoby, Kombucha mother, all different things Kombucha, but basically they’re all, by the way what I just said, they’re all the same name, all synonyms.

So it’s five things, you mix it all up, you put it in a pot for the sugar and the tea to infuse in the water, let it cool down, put it in a brewing container. Put some cloth or some type of breathable material, not too breathable, so don’t use cheese cloth or anything like that, a paper towel works, and wait 4-12 days, testing it every once and a while, you got Kombucha, that’s it. Now is brewing awesome, delicious Kombucha that’s fizzy and beneficial consistently easy? I would say it’s also easy, not as easy as just brewing Kombucha, making Kombucha tea, but here’s the thing guys, the whole point of GetKombucha.com, was to make brewing easy and fun, to then get you motivated, if you decide to become a master brewing ninjas, to then go into more of the science and the control and talk about specific types of sugar, specific types of tea, specific water temperatures, specific, specific. Anyway, so I hopefully that answers your question, if you could bake a cake, you can make Kombucha and I’m not talking about a homemade cake, I’m talking about like a Duncan Hines, open the bag and mix variety. Hope that answers your question, is Kombucha easy?

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Kombucha Wallpaper https://www.getkombucha.com/kombucha-wallpaper/ https://www.getkombucha.com/kombucha-wallpaper/#comments Fri, 13 Jun 2014 04:18:51 +0000 http://www.getkombucha.com/?p=3140 GetKombucha.com is the highest rated Kombucha site online!

I hope everyone is enjoying the new site design. Let us know if you see any issues and we will address them. My graphic artist had some spare time so we now have new ad copy and the 1920×1080 & 768×1024 Kombucha, vegan for Soda Pop wallpaper.

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I hope everyone is enjoying the new site design. Let us know if you see any issues and we will address them. My graphic artist had some spare time so we now have new ad copy and the 1920×1080 & 768×1024 Kombucha, vegan for Soda Pop wallpaper.

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Does Kombucha Stain Teeth? https://www.getkombucha.com/kombucha-stain-teeth/ https://www.getkombucha.com/kombucha-stain-teeth/#comments Tue, 05 Nov 2013 06:07:31 +0000 http://www.getkombucha.com/?p=1983 GetKombucha.com is the highest rated Kombucha site online!

As much as kombucha is known for it’s benefits… there are some side effects. We spoke about some of them in other videos, but enough people were asking me about this specific question, so I thought to do a quick video to answer… and more importantly, provide the solution to the potential problem! Will kombucha

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As much as kombucha is known for it’s benefits… there are some side effects.

We spoke about some of them in other videos, but enough people were asking me about this specific question, so I thought to do a quick video to answer… and more importantly, provide the solution to the potential problem!

Will kombucha stain my teeth?

Well, kombucha is made with tea from camaillia senensis, which means it contains tannins.

Tannins are found in things like tea, like coffee, chocolate and yes.  If you consume them over a long period of time, they will stain your teeth.

When you take this and the fact that kombucha also has a low ph level you can have a potential problem.

You see a low ph means that kombucha is acidic externally, which can also effect your teeth.

Remember, we need to keep in mind that a low ph of kombucha makes it acidic only externally, as once it is digested it alkalizes the body as it attaches to minerals… lemon juice and apple cider vinegar have similar effects.

Also, it is thanks to this low ph that kombucha is safe to brew at room temp (all that acetic acid protects it from what would be a mess… I mean have you ever took regular iced tea and left it at room temp?.. you will have mold then next day!).

So don’t hate on tannins and low ph!  :)

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How To Solve The Does Kombucha Stain Teeth Problem.
Here are 2 solutions to help with not having stained teeth.  Keep in mind both techniques will not just work with kombucha but with anything that has high tannins and low ph.

Solution #1 is simply drinking through a straw. The straw will allow the kombucha to bypass the teeth.  BOOM.  Problem solved…  Though some might think this is the easiest, it is not my preferred way.

why you ask?

Quite simply I don’t enjoy drinking through straws (green smoothies are the exception).. ok, so that is a personal preference.. but coming up is solution #2 which is better for other reasons.. even for straw lovers!

I’ll have a kombucha with a chaser of water, please!

That’s right.  By simply drinking some water (and swishing it around so your teeth get a “drink” too), you feed 2 birds with one.. kombucha.

The water will remove the tannin and acidity on the teeth, while at the same time you are getting the desperately needs h20 that super charges your kombucha and your liver.

Let me know which of these 2 solutions you like best and if you have any others you use to help with kombucha stains.

 

Happy Brewin’,

Dave :)

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Before we delve into the top 10 Kombucha Benefits first a word from out sponsor the FDA… Shout out to the FDA and Lawyers: Information about the Health Benefits of Kombucha is for educational purposes only. These kombucha health benefits statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. It is not medical advice, nor is

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Before we delve into the top 10 Kombucha Benefits first a word from out sponsor the FDA… Shout out to the FDA and Lawyers: Information about the Health Benefits of Kombucha is for educational purposes only. These kombucha health benefits statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. It is not medical advice, nor is it intended to replace the advice or attention of heath-care professionals. Whew…

New Video… What Are The Health Benefits of Organic Raw Kombucha?

Quick, SMILE. Great, now you are fully prepared to learn about the benefits of drinking (and other uses – more on that later) K-Tea.

OK – So what exactly are the health benefits of kombucha? I’m sure many of you were brought to GetKombucha to learn more about kombucha benefits because you heard about all the amazing health benefits. Whether it was your friend who lost some weight, stories printed on commercial bottles claiming that it helped with cancer treatment, or recently the attention kombucha is getting in the media as a natural source of energy.

Kombucha Benefits Cancer Treatment

Just a note, lot’s of peeps have been talking about kombucha and how it can help with cancer. Though gt dave has never said that it cured, or even treated, his mother’s cancer; but he does say it helped her during chemotherapy of the cancer cells. You can read her more here. Both Dave and his mother have been a huge inspiration for me in my quest!

Kombucha Drink Benefits Hype?

However, for every ten drinkers reporting how amazing this stuff is, there are one or two that say there is no scientific evidence and that it’s Bologna.

As a kombucha company, it would be great to claim 101 health benefits of kombucha mushroom without any research. However ethically we didn’t think that was appropriate, plus so many other places are just putting up everything and the kitchen sink when it comes to the benefits of organic kombucha.

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We thought we’d do something special here. Below you will find 3 sections that are all dedicated to sharing my kombucha health benefits list in the most transparent way possible.

Section 1 – My kombucha personal benefits.

The first is my personal experience with the benefits of drinking kombucha. It discusses how I first discovered it, my initial experiences with kombucha, and any associated benefits I continue to have by brewing and drinking kombucha.
I feel very comfortable speaking about this because it is my personal experience and personal opinion, so I know it is true for me.

Section 2 – Top ten real raw organic kombucha benefits list.

The second is a survey on our customers and their observations with kombucha. Once we began providing kombucha cultures and brewers, within weeks we received unsolicited testimonies. That encouraged us to send out a survey to document other personal experiences.

We feel it is doing a service to other kombucha drinkers or for those who are about to begin drinking kombucha to discover what other drinkers are reporting as benefits. This does not mean that you will have the same or different results, but it is a wonderful way to gauge the reported effects of this drink.

Before, the alternative was just unscientific claims (by some people who don’t even drink kombucha!).

Section 3 – How does kombucha benefit the body?

The final third section will discuss the general opinion of how kombucha is able to benefit so many different ailments. And why different drinkers enjoy different affects.

 

My Personal Story

A long time ago, I discovered the wonder of Kombucha while enjoying some lunch with a wonderful friend in a vegan restaurant and I was hooked. The taste was nothing I had ever experienced before. As soon as I drank it, I felt it go down into my stomach (kind of like drinking iced cold water on an empty stomach on a hot summer’s day).

My friend was explaining to me that it was a mushroom drink (which we know from class one that it’s not), and all the associated benefits. I thought it was all mumbo jumbo, but I didn’t care this stuff tasted AMAZING! plus it had about 1/5 the calories of soda but it still had that fizzy carbonation of a soda.

The meal was done and about an hour passed by and that’s when I realized it. I didn’t have any acid reflux! This was nuts considering I have been on acid reflux medicine for years (Prilosec, Protonic, Acifex, you name I’ve taken it and paid up to $166 bucks a month for it).

Not only that, I also realized that I went to the bathroom about ten minutes after the meal. I also didn’t have that “Just eaten let me sleep now like it’s Thanksgiving” feeling.

In a word, I felt CLEAN. That’s the only way I can describe it. I thought it was a fluke, so I bought a few more bottles over the next couple of days, and every time (with exception to the 2 apple pies I got at a famous fast food restaurant, nothing can save you from that), I felt CLEAN.

However, I was a little turned off by the price of Kombucha at our local markets (some places charged up to 5 Bucks a Bottle!) and decided to enter the wonderful world of brewing my own Kombucha with a Kombucha Culture. After brewing hundreds of batches, do you know what I discovered? Well do you? I am a computer typed message, so I can wait if you are still in thought.

I discovered that brewing Kombucha IS EASY and FUN. That’s right, if you can bake a cake, you can brew Kombucha. And not even a made from scratch, grandma cake. I’m talking about the pour and mix variety. I also began sharing the drink with my friends and family.

Soon, friends all around were stopping by just to say hi as an excuse to get a glass of my drink to get the same kombucha health benefits. Well as the saying goes:

Give a man a fish, he will eat for a day; teach him how to fish, he will eat everyday, and the rest is history.

We’ll teach you how to fish in the next class.

So for me, the reason I drink kombucha (and I guess you can call these my kombucha benefits) is as follows:

  • Kombucha Tastes Amazing. With 1/5th the calories and sugar of soda why wouldn’t you?
  • Kombucha Cured My Acid Reflux. I have not bought any acid reflux pharmaceuticals in over 5 years!
  • Kombucha Makes Me Feel Really Really Good. In a word kombucha makes me feel clean. I digest my food better, it gives me a little boost both in my mind and body, it helps me poop and pee (yep I said it.), and it really comes in handy after a heavy night of eating and drinking.

Top 10 Kombucha Benefits

Everyone wants to know… what are some benefits of drinking Kombucha. I know for myself it was pretty apparent that it was helping my digestion and acid reflux, but the interesting thing was that several other Kombucha drinkers were experiencing different Kombucha health benefits from one another.

There was a trend, but I wanted to know exactly what these were and what were the most common benefits amongst REAL kombucha drinkers. For me it is more important talking to other drinkers than just relying on what a dude in a lab coat analyzed from a petri dish (not knocking labs or lab coats for that matter as science is really
cool to back up your hunches and lab coats are damn sexy if accessorized correctly.. what?).

Well, rather then wait till a big drug company in the US was ready to fork over millions of bucks to research this stuff (ahem, by now you guys know that you can make kombucha at home for like pennies a serving so don’t think the drug companies will be having too much interest in funding a study on kombucha health benefits for a looooooong time), I decided to simply ask our customers and readers of our Kombucha newsletter.

The original survey was back in 2006 (5 years ago!), we have since updated the survey for 2011 and we continue to ask and survey our subscribers!! Together we are compiling the biggest REAL experiences on the internet.

We will be doing another round of surveys soon, so be sure to sign up for our newsletter to be included.

NOTE: Some people may experience some, all, or none of these and some kombucha drinkers have reported some slight kombucha side effects. Stay tuned for a kombucha video discussing both the Kombucha Health Benefits and Kombucha Side Effects and what you can do if you do happen to experience a kombucha side effect… here’s a hint; drink MORE WATER… I’ve done the research!

Also, sorry guys, the list got a little hard to maintain in terms of percentages as time went on so they are not in any particular order, however all have been reported in high enough numbers to be substantial… I am going to look into using a simple Face Book survey on our Facebooke Page so that it will keep count of everything… be sure to join our facebook page to get access to the always updating Kombucha Benefits Information!)

[editorial note] Reported by GetKombucha’s 9,300+ Kombucha Subscribers in Bold. I then add my two cents and a dime to why this might happen… again this is my insight of my research and personally drinking, making, and teaching kombucha for over 5 years. [dave]

#1 – Kombucha Improves Your Digestion.

Kombucha is a probiotic which contributes to healthy digestive flora in your gut that can help break down foods and absorb the good stuff, while evacuating the bad stuff easier. Kombucha also is a alkalize forming food when ingested. Kombucha also contains sever beneficial organic acids that have been attributed to better digestion.

(side note, if you want a double does of digestion… trying making chai kombucha! With chai kombucha benefits from both the gentle digestive herbs like carodmom and ginger, but with an upgraded delivery method thanks to kombucha!)

Here is a great source regarding probiotics from http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/tc/probiotics-topic-overview

Probiotics are bacteria that help maintain the natural balance of organisms (microflora) in the intestines camera. The normal human digestive tract contains about 400 types of probiotic bacteria that reduce the growth of harmful bacteria and promote a healthy digestive system. The largest group of probiotic bacteria in the intestine is lactic acid bacteria, of whichLactobacillus acidophilus, found in yogurt with live cultures, is the best known. Yeast is also a probiotic substance. Probiotics are also available as dietarysupplements.

#2 – Kombucha Helps You Lose Weight.

Going one step further with the digestive benefits of kombucha, the better we can digest our food (both absorb and evacuate), the better chance we have at losing excess weight. This weight loss is usually experienced only for people that are over weight. In fact we have seen the opposite in people that are under weight, as kombucha will also help these people absorb their food easier.

A final thought though on the real reason why so many drinkers have reported weight loss, is that these drinkers are replacing their sugary sodas, coffees, and other soft drinks with delicious, organic Kombucha and water. That alone will show a huge success in weight loss.

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#3 – Kombucha Reduces Your Stress Levels.

Kombucha is usually made with tea, which contains the component theanine. Theanine promotes alpha wave (the in the zone waves) production in the brain as well as increases serotonin levels. Many other kombucha drinkers also mention that if you drink a little kombucha at night you will sleep better.

For me I have not experienced this on a consistent basis (sigh). Now, you could take a theanine supplement or simply drink tea (the green kinds usually have the highest amount of theanine), but as I have discussed before, kombucha will “super charge” any individual component due to its synergistic delivery system.

#4 – Kombucha Gives You More Energy.

As mentioned above, kombucha is usually made with tea which means

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that in addition to the happy relaxed effects of theanine, it also contains the happy “in the zone” effects of caffeine. Typically the drink has about a third the amount of caffeine that is found in coffee, and through the fermentation process the amount of caffeine decreases even more, however I would imagine that the caffeine does contribute to the reported energy.

However there are several other things going on. Kombucha also has a natural supply of Vitamin B6 as well as other B Vitamins. Kombucha also cleanses and detoxes the liver, so another explanation could be that it is not “giving” you energy, but rather “restoring” your body to its natural state, which is an abundant energetic body.

Finally, the small amount of sugar that is found in kombucha is already broken down (sucrose gets broken down into glucose and fructose during the fermentation process).

When consumed after exercise or high stress levels, it will act like a Gatorade on steroids… uh, except that it is all natural and the vital minerals that kombucha also provides (we tend to sweat these out), are from natural sources like tea, etc instead of synthetics.

#5 – Kombucha Increases Your Immune System.

So, hopefully by now you are beginning to see a synergy going on. Let’s put it all together b/c words like Immune System and Detox have been over used in my opinion to just say to cover all bases, but if you are digesting your food better, cleaning out your liver, reducing the amount of sugar intake due to drinking kombucha tea over soda, juice, etc, lowering your stress levels and getting micro nutrients delivered in a super charged way — obviously you are going to be and feel healthier.

Harvard has recently done some studies on this topic and weigh in with probiotic and building an immune system:

There are hundreds of different species of bacteria in your digestive tract, which do a bang-up job helping you digest your food. Now researchers, including some at Harvard Medical School, are finding evidence of a relationship between such “good” bacteria and the immune system.

For instance, it is now known that certain bacteria in the gut influence the development of aspects of the immune system, such as correcting deficiencies and increasing the numbers of certain T cells.

Probiotics are good bacteria, such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, that can safely dwell in your digestive tract. You’ll now find probiotics listed on the labels of dairy products, drinks, cereals, energy bars, and other foods. Ingredients touted as “prebiotics,” which claim to be nutrients that feed the good bacteria, are also cropping up in commercially marketed foods.

Another interesting observation is that I tend to get sick less during cold and flu season… now to be fair I live in California so it usually isn’t so cold here, but I am curious to see what the direct effect is of kombucha’s probiotics on people who have been taking antibiotics their whole life (perhaps we will be doing another survey soon!).

 

Video on Organic Raw Kombucha Benefits and Side Effects

 

 

 

#6Kombucha Relives Constipation.

Digestion = Poop Easier; Acetic Acids = Pee Easier. BUT – the missing ingredient in both equations is…. (drum roll, or hand drum, please)… W-A-T-E-R. In fact water will help all of these reported benefits.

A good rule of thumb is drink equal amounts of water for kombucha. This is in addition to the recommended 8 glasses a day (which by the way is only a general recommendation and would vary greatly based on individual, and of course their diet and lifestyle… more on that on another post).

So if you have 16oz of kombucha a day… a rule would be have an additional 16oz of h20 a day. And the best time to do it is right after you drink the kombucha.

#7 – Kombucha Cures Your Hangovers.

I wish I could say this benefit is something I experience every time I drink… ha ha for me though, drinking less is still the best cure for a hangover :) — BUT, if you can follow the kombucha protocol of drinking equal parts kombucha and h20, kombucha should help… that and a good immune system.

The reason why is plenty: kombucha cleanses the liver, it also has glucose and electrolytes which help blood sugar levels for as well as hydration… when drank with h20! In other articles we will show you how to infuse kombucha with your favorite spirit. Hey, if you’re gonna drink you mine as well add some stuff to you beverage that makes it taste better and is better for you… can you say Kombucharita?

#8 – Kombucha Cleanses Your Liver.

Kombucha contains gluconic acid which continues to break down to caprylic acid a potent anti-fungal and can immensely help those suffering from Candidiasis (fancy name for candida). Gluconic acid also works in the liver, possibly as part of a detoxification pathway and why it is believed Kombucha can help the body detoxify from heavy metals and toxins.

I have also found that when taken with milk thistle and other already known and more common liver cleansing herbs it will assist the liver even more. And I know I sound like a broken records (or tape cassette), but all this must be accompanied with WATER!

#9 – Kombucha Makes Your Skin Look Younger and Heals Eczema.

When we surveyed we did not have this as a question, but my guess would be it is two fold, both ingesting kombucha and applying the drink (and/or culture), externally to the skin. When applied to the skin it will act as an astringent cleansing out and balancing oily skin.

If you do decided to use the culture, set it a aside as your designated external culture and do not use it for making k-tea that will be ingested. Drinking kombucha will benefit the skin, in my opinion, from the liver cleansing effects.

And Kombucha Benefit #10 – Kombucha Strengthens and Restores The Color Of Your Hair.

Though there were some peps that claimed kombucha grew back their hair, the majority of peeps that have noticed Kombucha hair benefits was that kombucha restored their hair color and strengthened their hair.

Again, this is from both internal and external use. I created an instructional kombucha hair recipe video on how to make a kombucha hair rinse.. to this day it works better than any fancy shmancy over priced salon product.

Kombucha Benefits Explained

“The wide variety of complaints relieved by Kombucha is almost not
comprehensible. But it is explainable on the basis that Kombucha
does not target a specific body organ but, rather, influences the
entire organism positively by effecting a stabilization of the
metabolic situation and the detoxifying effect of its glucuronic
acid. In many, this leads to a heightened endogenic defense
capacity against those toxic influences and environmental stresses
which inundate us from many sides. The result is the invigoration
of a damaged cellular metabolism, and the restoration and firming
up of one’s well-being.” -Gunther W Frank (leading authority on
kombucha tea, author of “Kombucha: Healthy beverage and natural
remedy from the Far East”)

In other words, drinking kombucha lets your body heal itself. In my opinion this is the best general answer, however I would like to add the following. Kombucha, though acidic by itself, is alkalizing to the body when ingested. PH balance is extremely important, and more so than ever when you consider that coffee, caffeine, sugar, and all refined grain products (bread, crackers, cakes, etc), are all Acidic.

I also have read the benefits of Apple Cider vinegar in healing with numerous ailments, one of which being Acid reflux. Kombucha has many vinegar properties (though it is NOT apple cider vinegar, if over fermented, it resembles it).
If that is true GREAT, I most certainly would enjoy drinking an iced cold kombucha beverage over apple cider vinegar!

There are some other benefits with Kombucha (specific hangover applications, advanced weight loss, curing athletes foot, etc), but you guys are

Kombucha Health Benefits May Help With Hangovers

Not even a kombucha will help this guy

probably Kombucha’d Out today, so we’ll save it for an Advanced Class.
Great Work Guys! Till next time…

Happy Brewin’
Dave :)

NOTE: Some peeps may experience some, all, or none of these benefits… and some kombucha beverage drinkers have reported some slight kombucha side effects.

Stay tuned for a kombucha video discussing both the Kombucha Health Benefits and Kombucha Side Effects and what you can do if you do happen to experience a side effect… here’s a hint; drink MORE WATER!

Also, sorry guys, the list got a little hard to maintain in terms of percentages as time went on so they are not in any particular order, however all have been reported in high enough numbers to be substantial… I am going to look into using a simple Face Book survey on our facebook Kombucha Page so that it will keep count of everything… be sure to join our page to get access to the Kombucha Benefits Info!)

AND SIGN UP FOR OUR KOMBUCHA NEWSLETTER TO GET THE NEXT 2012 EDITION OF OUR KOMBUCHA BENEFITS REPORT

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Question of the week: Bottling Kombucha Tea In Mason Jars. In this video we are going to answer a question, can I bottle my Kombucha tea in a mason jar? Yes, that’s right. Here at getkombucha.com I not only talk about basic brewing recipes but I love this stuff so much (ahem and talking and

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Question of the week: Bottling Kombucha Tea In Mason Jars. In this video we are going to answer a question, can I bottle my Kombucha tea in a mason jar?

Yes, that’s right. Here at getkombucha.com I not only talk about basic brewing recipes but I love this stuff so much (ahem and talking and making kombucha so much), that we are actually dedicating a post and video to talk about bottling kombucha tea in mason jars.

Can you Bottle Kombucha Tea In Mason Jars?

Sure, but is it the best container to use for bottling?

I don’t think so and here’s why.

First before I start bashing bottling in those jars, let me say I think those jars are freaking awesome! They’re just cool. They make you want to consume something and they’re thick glass and they’re just, I don’t know, there’s just something about mason jars that make me feel like I should grow a beard and just hang out in the woods, so I use mason jars for other things.

I use these bottling jars, not the lid, but I use the mason jar itself to serve Kombucha tea in, right and there’s a difference, so I brew my own Kombucha, or if I’m serving Kombucha out of a continuous brewing system right from the spigot, awesome, if you’re pouring it into a mason jar, great.

I use these jars for fresh squeezed juices, so in the morning if I’m preparing an apple, celery, jalapeno, yes jalapeno, ginger, garlic treat for myself, it’s going into a mason jar, I’m enjoying it.

kombucha second fermentation bottling

kombucha bottling mason jar

love me the bottles.. just not those metal caps. you CAN place some wax paper in between to stop the corrosion!

So there’s lots of uses for mason jars, but we’re talking about specifically bottling during a secondary fermentation of Kombucha tea.

The reason Bottling Kombucha Tea In Mason Jars may not be the best fit is, one, some of them, I know the ones that I’ve used, have metal, a metal top to it and metal caps aren’t the best choice because over time that metal, especially if it’s not stainless steel metal, will rust and I think rust is the word, right? So the acidity of Kombucha tea is so strong that it will break it down and we don’t want that.

The other thing with mason jars is, if you look, it just goes up and down, there’s no tapered neck, so when we’re bottling something that has pressure or that will continue to build up pressure, things like Kombucha, things like beer, we want that tapered neck and we also want some type of safety, safety valve and safety valve means, as simple as a used wine bottle.

When I say used wine bottles, next time you drink a bottle of wine, save the bottle, rinse it out and to me that is the better alternative for kombucha bottling because you have the tapered neck and you have a cork. Your cork, that’s your safety way, if something does happen, the cork will pop up.

Well how do I know this about bottling?

Well I used to do my kombucha bottling like this and what I liked about it, the nice thing was, the mason jar itself, the lid would pop up, so that was my insurance that okay, pressure is being built up.

In terms of the acidity of the lid and is it really the best way, I never had an exploding bottle, but how much pressure could that lid take versus a cork that would just pop off, or if you’re bottling it in a plastic bottle, feeling that pressure.

how to brew kombucha tea at home to ensure a safe bottling

We’ve dedicated tons and tons of videos and training on this, so please check out our kombucha recipe and bottling guides.

But here’s 2 quick safety bottling tips in addition to the wine one.

  • store your bottles when you do a secondary fermentation in a cool outside in the garage. if you do get an exploding bottle (and keep in mind this is very rare so don’t want to freak anyone out!, but it’s a better safe than sorry scenario!), it will be self contained.
  • then when you are ready to enjoy, place the cooler in the fridge. the cool temp will stop (or slow down) the fermentation process, making it much safer and stable when you do go to pop open a nice cold one!

That’s all today. As you can see, mason jars are awesome for so many things. For kombucha it is great for serving, but not so much for storing when you bottle.

Happy Brewin’,

Dave :)

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Kombucha Mushroom Benefits & Where Can I Buy a SCOBY Mushroom? https://www.getkombucha.com/kombucha-mushroom-benefits/ https://www.getkombucha.com/kombucha-mushroom-benefits/#comments Mon, 02 Sep 2013 03:11:59 +0000 http://www.getkombucha.com/?p=437 GetKombucha.com is the highest rated Kombucha site online!

Kombucha Mushroom Benefits Baby!! So is Kombucha a Mushroom or Culture, or Scoby Mushroom? Which is which? Guess What? They are both the same awesome amazing thing that brews kombucha tea! Depending on my mood I will refer to them as either Kombucha Mushroom, Kombucha Culture or a Kombucha SCOBY. Huh? Wait, I was with

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Kombucha Mushroom Tea RecipeKombucha Mushroom Benefits Baby!!

So is Kombucha a Mushroom or Culture, or Scoby Mushroom? Which is which? Guess What?

They are both the same awesome amazing thing that brews kombucha tea!

Depending on my mood I will refer to them as either Kombucha Mushroom, Kombucha Culture or a Kombucha SCOBY.

Huh? Wait, I was with you until you said SCOBY.. (is that some sort of Scooby Doo character?)

No. (well it might be I have not seen Scooby Doo in a really long time). SCOBY stands for Symbiotic Colony of Yeast and Bacteria, and it is the m ore technical name over Kombucha Mushroom.

big kombucha mushroom

carefully lifting kombucha mushroom out of a glass jar

In fact, a Kombucha Mushroom, are not mushrooms at all.

Many people believe that it got the name Kombucha Mushroom because of two things:

1. The thing is it does kind of look like a mushroom cap.

2. Kombu translates to “Mushroom” and Cha translates to “tea” in China (side note, Chai which sounds very similar to Cha means “tea” in India, hence Masala Chai or “Spiced Tea).

This Just In.. Breaking Kombucha Mushroom News…

In cupboards and closets across the world, Kombucha mushrooms are floating in bowls and pickle jars of sugared tea and causing a growing number of homes with the smell of vinegar and the hope for restored vigor. : )

So how the heck can do I make Kombucha Mushroom Tea, oh wait, I mean SCOBY?

SMILE. That’s how baby! Because it is way easier than you think. You are going to benefit greatly today!

Brewing Kombucha is a simple process of boiling water, adding and steeping with green or black tea, and then adding some sugar.

Uh? You mean just make some tea and add some sugar?

Yes.

Wait that’s it?

Pretty Much… I took the pleasure of writing out a simple kombucha mushroom recipe for you below to break down the steps, but the basic recipe is very easy.

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Random Kombucha Mushroom Facts To Benefit From:

To separate a baby mushroom from the mother mushroom all you need to do is gently peel it away from the top of the mother mushroom, taking care not to rip them too quickly.

kombucha mushroom benefits

If you have not already checked it out, we have a great page dedicated just to all the kombucha benefits our own readers have reported.

I thought it might be a nice compliment to show a medical doctors point of view to help balance our anecdotal research on kombucha mushroom benefits.

Brent A. Bauer, M.D. over at Mayo Clinic says:

Health benefits attributed to kombucha include stimulating the immune system, preventing cancer, and improving digestion and liver function. However, there’s no scientific evidence to support these health benefits.

…In short, there isn’t good evidence that kombucha delivers on its health claims. At the same time, several cases of harm have been reported. Therefore, the prudent approach is to avoid kombucha until more definitive information is available.

Though there have not been huge studies (you know, the ones that can only be funded by major pharmaceutical companies?), that does not mean there is extensive research about the reported benefits.

The independent medical research has been conducted principally in Russia and in Germany over the whole of the present century.

Among early reports were those listing the benefits of Kombucha for stomach, digestive and intestinal disorders. One of the most famous of the later
researchers was Dr. Rudolf Sklenar of Oberhessen who recognized the detoxifying properties of glucuronic acid in Kombucha is for removing
waste matter such as cholesterol and toxic deposits.

He developed a biological cancer therapy which is based on Kombucha, and it is his recipe which is still generally used today and for the production of the commercially bottled brew.

He became a champion for the remedy, which he found helped invigorate the entire glandular system and the metabolism. He successfully treated arthritis, constipation, obesity, arteriosclerosis,  impotence, kidney stones, rheumatism, gout and significantly, cancer, especially in its early stages.1

Pro Kombucha Tip – imagine your tongue was stuck to a frozen pole.. what would you do to help unstick it?… that’s right slowly AND with the help of a liquid. Same with separating your Kombucha Mushrooms. I have found that when you separate them it is best to do in the solution or even under running water; assuming you have a reliable water source.)

The Kombucha Mushroom is a live culture very similar to kefir without the dairy base.

Though Kombucha mushrooms begin cream colored, they darken with time, which often can take place because of staining by the tea’s tannins.

Give your old Kombucha mushrooms or layers to your houseplants and lawn for a healthy boost. Also great for composting!

I usually have two Kombucha Mushrooms going per brew container, and the amount of kombucha mushrooms you could have fermenting for each container can differ based on personal preference, how big your brewing, as well as the size and thickness of the kombucha mushrooms.

Cultured foods such as miso, seed cheese, kim chee, sauerkraut, and kombucha mushrooms promote the expansion of advantageous bacteria to improve the immunity processes and provide defense against unfavorable bacteria.

While you can purchase kombucha mushroom in dried out bag form, if you want the real taste of organic kombucha mushrooms, you can buy a kombucha brewing kit.

How To Make Kombucha Mushroom Tea At Home

This is the simple Kombucha Mushroom recipe for 1 making gallon of kombucha mushroom tea. Adjust accordingly to the size of your kombucha brewing vessel.

Stuff You Need

Kombucha Mushrooms – (also known as a kombucha culture or kombucha SCOBY)
1 cup of kombucha mushroom starter
1 cup organic sugar – you can use white sugar but make sure it says “cane sugar
Four to Six tea bags (ahem.. or you could pick up some of our Signature Organic Kombucha Loose Leaf Blend) – if using premium loose whole leaf use between four to six teaspoons.
Breathable cover – (you can use a simple paper towel or handkerchief and will allow fruit flies in your brew
rubber band to fasten the cloth cover over the kombucha brewing vessel.
A magical unicorn (optional)
Water (we recommend spring water if possible)
Stainless steel pot
Kombucha brewing vessel – glass, stainless steel or oak – you can use food grade plastic or a Porcelain Brewer if you know it is certified lead free.. like our Kombucha Continous Brewing System.

Step One: Prepare Your Sweet Tea Solution

AKA The SweetTS and it will feed your Kombucha mushroom and in return your kombucha mushroom will turn it into delicious Kombucha:

  • Boil 4 cups of water.
  • Add hot water & tea bags directly into your kombucha brewer (that’s what ever you chose to brew kombucha in!)
  • Let it sit/swim/relax in the water anywhere between for 5-10 minutes.
  • Remove the bags (or if you are using a strainer you ca strain it out)
  • Eventually you will need it to cool down before adding your Kombucha Mushrooms, but in the meantime, let’s take advantage of it being hot and move on to step 6 baby!
  • Add you sugar into the hot tea and keep stirring until it is dissolved all the way.

Now this is the fun cool ninja part… Chances are your SweetT is still hot. This will cool it down quickly!!

  • Fill your kombucha brewer with cold spring water all the way until it is around ¾ full.
  • The name of the game here is that we want the newly prepared SWEETT to be below 80 degrees.

WHY? Because the yeast in kombucha do not like the heat too much (their like your Aunt Sally).. and when you add your kombucha starter and kombucha mushrooms to the SWEETT solution, you risk having the yeasts die off.

Step Two: Add Your Kombucha Mushroom and Kombucha Starter
I know buy now, you are wondering to yourself (or maybe to the person you are reading this site with)

“Where Can I Find A Kombcuha Mushroom and Kombucha Starters?”

Excellent Question… here is where to buy kombucha scoby, follow the link to buy kombucha scoby mushroom culture.

Happy Kombucha Mushroom Brewin’
Dave :)

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Health Benefits of Black Tea: Fermented, Unsweetened & Beyond! https://www.getkombucha.com/health-benefits-of-black-tea-fermented-unsweetened-beyond/ https://www.getkombucha.com/health-benefits-of-black-tea-fermented-unsweetened-beyond/#comments Sat, 31 Aug 2013 23:56:34 +0000 http://www.getkombucha.com/?p=1857 GetKombucha.com is the highest rated Kombucha site online!

Yes boys and girls, it’s that time again!  Another installment of our kombucha diversiTEA series.  This one talks about the what many consider to be the grand daddy of all of the teas.  I’m talking about Black Tea.  This post will discuss the origins and history of black tea as well as the health benefits

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benefits of black teaYes boys and girls, it’s that time again!  Another installment of our kombucha diversiTEA series.  This one talks about the what many consider to be the grand daddy of all of the teas.  I’m talking about Black Tea.  This post will discuss the origins and history of black tea as well as the health benefits of black tea.

This should wet your appetite and then we will have another post on the applications of black tea and kombucha for another healthy session.  sound good? (or should I say, taste good?).

what is black tea

My girl Cathy Wong writes:

Black tea is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. The leaves are dried and fermented, which gives the tea a darker color and richer flavor than green tea (which does not undergo the fermentation process).

ok, so there is that word fermentation again.  the last post already went over the difference between fermented tea in terms of loose leaf teas and fermented teas when we talk about kombucha.

BlackTeas.com chimes in with a great history of black tea:

The origin of tea brewing originated many thousands of years ago. The simple act of putting leaves into hot water has provided ancient societies with medicinal benefits, as well as a tasty beverage to enjoy by itself or with a meal.

Many attribute the discovery of tea to the Emperor Shen Nung, a Chinese ruler in the 2700s BC. A leaf accidentally dropped into a glass of hot water, or so the story goes, and tea brewing as we know it was born.

By the 1800s, tea had spread across the world, from China to Europe, and from there to a New World full of tea drinkers in the far west, where the Boston Tea Party and other events in American history show the power of tea in the marketplace.

Now keep in mind, before I started getkombucha.com I was working with an outstanding tea company and became bit of a tea dork/nerd/enthusiast so I freakin love this stuff (and I hope you do too)…

I mean, aside from health, tea has played such a big part in our history!  I probably would have paid more attention in middle school if more classes were about tea :)

Because of the way black tea is made, the finished product holds its flavor and potency well, making it a hot commodity for generations before our modern methods of food preservation.

The ancient tea sellers made black tea into compressed bricks and sent it on long journeys, trading it with foreign merchants for other materials. In some cases, black tea has even been used as a kind of currency, and over some parts of Asia, experts say, that persisted even into the 19th century. Black tea eventually made its way to the West, where today tea drinkers enjoy black tea in a variety of hot and iced specialty drinks.

what are the benefits of black tea

Black tea has tons of health benefits some are all on to itself and some are across the board no matter what type of tea you drink you will benefit from.

Livestrong wrote a nice article on this:

Drinkers who enjoy black tea regularly may benefit, especially if they already have cardiovascular disease. Because the theaflavins stop oxidation of LDL cholesterol, this effect helps to reduce the risk of heart disease.

Drinking black tea may help heart attack patients by increasing their rate of survival following a heart attack.
Black tea improves the ability of the blood vessels in the body to relax and expand, thus helping consumers maintain a healthier blood pressure. Black tea also contains a molecule called a catechin, which produces nitric oxide, helping the blood vessels in the body to dilate.

You can also benefit with drinking black tea in other ways, like killing viruses!

Yes.. in fact if you ever get a touch ache or mouth sore you might have hear, “gargle with salt water”.. if you want to kick it up a notch for your health, gargle with salt black tea!  BOOM.

New research conducted at Pace University by Milton Schiffenbauer finds that drinking black tea can help to neutralize the virus that causes herpes. Researchers have known that black tea can render the germs that cause diarrhea, skin infections, pneumonia, cystitis and skin infections.
Tea drinkers can kill viruses lurking in their mouths.

health benefits black tea vs green tea

black tea benefits vs green

ok, so how are the health benefits of black tea different than green (or white)?  well here’s the thing.  they are different AND they are ALL GOOD FOR YOU!

Until recently, tea research has focused on green tea. Green tea is loaded with the compound epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg), a powerful anti-oxidant. Since the fermentation process used to make black tea converts EGCg into other compounds, researchers assumed black tea had less health benefits than green tea. However, recent studies indicate the compounds contained in black tea – theaflavins and thearubigensdo more than contribute to its dark color and distinctive flavor. They also provide health benefits originally attributed solely to green tea.

So although studies are limited in terms of comparing one to the other, there have been some interesting health studies out there…

A long-term study by the Netherlands National Institute of Public Health and the Environment found a correlation between regular consumption of black tea and reduced risk of stroke. Researchers looked at data from a study examining the health benefits of foods that are high in flavonoids – phytonutrients with antioxidant benefits. While some of the flavonoids were obtained from fruits and vegetables,

eventy percent came from black tea.The study looked at 552 men over a 15 year period. Researchers concluded that the flavonoids in black tea helped reduce the production of LDL – the “bad” cholesterol that can lead to stroke and heart attacks. Furthermore, men who drank over four cups of black tea per day had a significantly lower risk of stroke than men who drank only two to three cu

ps per day.

A separate study by Dr. Joseph Vita at Boston’s School of Medicine supported these results. For four months, sixty-six men drank four cups of either black tea or a placebo daily. Dr. Vita concluded that drinking black tea can help reverse an abnormal functioning of the blood vessels that can contribute to stroke or heart attack. Furthermore, improvement in the functioning of the blood vessels was visible within two hours of drinking just one cup of black tea.

In another post we will talk about the health benefits of black tea for kombucha fermentation.  It’s pretty, pretty, pretty, amazing stuff…. uh, but then again I am a tea dork/nerd. :)

Happy Brewin’,

Kombucha Dave :)

Finally I would like to leave you with a video that I really enjoy on how to prepare Black Tea.  There are tons, but this is one of my favorites!

 

 

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Today we are going to be discussing the benefits of using green tea as part of your kombucha brewing process.  Green tea benefits are tremendous and there is a ton of research (we will get to that in a minute, as some of the studies are a bit controversial). As you already might know, we

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green tea benefitsToday we are going to be discussing the benefits of using green tea as part of your kombucha brewing process.  Green tea benefits are tremendous and there is a ton of research (we will get to that in a minute, as some of the studies are a bit controversial).

As you already might know, we are doing a full spectrum tea benefit series all week long entitled kombucha diversiTEA, as there are so many different types of teas you can use for making kombucha.

benefit of green tea on it’s own

Yes.  Once upon a time, good ole uncle dave (that’s what I’m calling myself since it not only sounds cool.. as of 3.4 years ago it became true! that’s my sis and her awesome daughter Juniper Lindenbaum).

So where was I… ah, that’s right, you see before becoming a kombuchaholic, I was a huge tea fan in the traditional sense and drank green tea by the gallon!  Being the operations director of an awesome tea company before starting getkombucha.com I also benefited with this :)

Let’s start there.  Before we jump into the kombucha green tea benefit, let’s talk about straight up green tea benefits.

Ciara Conlon writes a great article about this…

Here’s a list of some of its amazing benefits — benefits that you may not have been aware of. Some of these benefits are still being debated, so please do your own research if you want to use green tea for medicinal purposes.

  1. Weight Loss. Green tea increases the metabolism. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories.
  2. Diabetes. Green tea apparently helps regulate glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. This can prevent high insulin spikes and resulting fat storage.
  3. Heart Disease. Scientists think, green tea works on the lining of blood vessels, helping keep them stay relaxed and better able to withstand changes in blood pressure. It may also protect against the formation of clots, which are the primary cause of heart attacks.
  4. Esophageal Cancer. It can reduce the risk of esophageal cancer, but it is also widely thought to kill cancer cells in general without damaging the healthy tissue around them.

Ok.. so let’s talk about that last one for a moment b/c it’s a bit controversial.  Why?  Because there is also some research that drinking tea can actually cause mouth cancer!! WTF!!

Oregon State Edu chimes in…

Cancer is not a single disease, but rather a number of diseases characterized by uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells in the body that are caused by both internal and external factors. Of the external factors, the two major contributors to deaths are tobacco use and poor diet. Indeed, it has been estimated that fully one third of all cancers are related to tobacco use and one third to poor diet. We usually think of diet as the food we eat, but it is important also to consider the fluids we drink and their possible contribution to health.

So stop smoking Twinkies and eating cigarettes!  Or maybe that’s the other way around.  ok, here comes the bomb…

Ironically, the earliest studies on tea and cancer hinted at the possibility that tea might actually cause cancer. Initial evidence suggested that some populations drinking large quantities of tea had higher rates of esophageal cancer, but upon careful examination it was found that the high rates… were due to the temperature at which the tea was consumed rather than the tea itself. For example, in some parts of northern China it is customary to drink very hot tea, and this was associated with a 2- to 3-fold increase in risk. In the U.S., U.K., Australia and many other countries, it is customary to drink either iced tea or tea with lemon or milk, and thus its temperature is lower.

And this my friends is why you really have to comb through your research with a full on body brush scrub and not just a little hair pick you got at the dollar store (note: no offense to the dollar store.. your 20 pack barbie pencils and fiddle faddle are pretty amazing!).

But when you start to begin to study research and break it down you can easily see that any study can be twisted like a pretzel (or cinnabon).   So let this be a lesson, if you enjoy hot tea make sure it’s not “burn the roof of my mouth like a hot slice of pizza” type hot and you should be good to go!

green tea skin benefits

Green tea can apparently benefit with skin wrinkles and the signs of skin aging.   This is because of their antioxidant benefit and the benefit of anti-inflammatory activities.  Both animal and human studies have demonstrated that green tea applied topically can reduce sun damage.

We currently produce, in my humble opinion, the best facial toner you have never heard of.  And while the goal was to make it with the best and fewest ingredients (my charlie brown, have you read some of the ingredients in skin care products!!!  if you can’t pronounce it perhaps don’t slather it on your face), we are thinking about incorporating green tea to the mix because of all the amazing skin benefits it processes.

green tea benefits for women (ladies first!)

Natural News did a nice compilation on Green Tea Benefits for woman who have breast cancer and how they can benefit…

Consumption of green tea was closely associated with decreased numbers of axillary lymph node metastases among premenopausal patients with stages I and II. They also found that increased consumption of green tea was correlated with decreased recurrence of stages I and II.
The researchers concluded, “Our results indicate that increased consumption of green tea prior to clinical cancer onset is significantly associated with improved prognosis of stage I and II breast cancer.”
- Prescription for Natural Cures: A Self-Care Guide for Treating Health Problems with Natural Remedies Including Diet and Nutrition, Nutritional Supplements, Bodywork, and Moreby James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.

Even more interesting is that it appears green tea is unique compared to, let’s say black teas, in this regard…

…women who regularly drank black tea, on the other hand, didn’t have a reduction in their risk. The good news is that this study revealed that you don’t need to drink buckets full of green tea to benefit from it. The best green tea comes from the Shizuoka area in Japan; it grows organically and has no additives.- Timeless Secrets of Health & Rejuvenation: Unleash The Natural Healing Power That Lies Dormant Within Youby Andreas Moritz

green tea benefits for men (yes, real men drink tea… and wrestle alligators)

Craig Cooper of the Huffington Post writes:

Green tea should be a part of everyday health for men. That’s because green tea contains compounds that are important for maintaining men’s health (including preventing prostate cancer), protecting against heart disease (the number one killer of men), and fighting overweight/obesity (72.3 percent of men), among other benefits.

Green tea’s medicinal powers are in catechins, potent antioxidants that have demonstrated a variety of health-enhancing properties. Among the several different types of catechins, the most powerful is epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG.

In a study published in Cancer Prevention Research, for example, investigators reported that antioxidants in green tea, mainly EGCG, significantly reduced the levels of prostate specific antigen (PSA) and two other indicators for prostate cancer in men who had the disease.

And just like the ladies, it appears that green tea (possibly thanks to EGCG) can help with cancer in men too!

Here’s a video on tons of awesome green tea tips for all those that like to watch and learn!

Catechins may also benefit men who have pre-cancerous prostate lesions called prostate intraepithelial neoplasia (PIN). Men who have PIN have a high risk of developing “full-on” prostate cancer, so they naturally are interested in ways to reduce that risk. One possibility may be EGCG, according to a study published in Cancer Research. Sixty men who had high-grade PIN received either three 200-mg capsules of catechins daily or a placebo. After one year, only one tumor was found among the 30 treated men compared with nine discovered in the 30 controls.

I see this post has already began to get longer to read than it is to steep a glass of green tea and I don’t want you to over-steep.  So, I will wait till tomorrow to discus how and why you want to be incorporating green tea into your kombucha brewing… and more importantly what is the best way to do this!

Happy Brewin,

Dave :)

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Oolong Tea Benefits https://www.getkombucha.com/oolong-tea-benefits/ https://www.getkombucha.com/oolong-tea-benefits/#comments Thu, 29 Aug 2013 20:41:51 +0000 http://www.getkombucha.com/?p=1841 GetKombucha.com is the highest rated Kombucha site online!

Today I would like to begin a new series called Kombucha Benefits DiversiTEA – because you can make as many different varieties of kombucha as there are different varieties and health benefits of teas… and beyond. I say beyond b/c kombucha can be much more than fermented camellias sinensis, but for this series we will

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oolong loose tea

Today I would like to begin a new series called Kombucha Benefits DiversiTEA – because you can make as many different varieties of kombucha as there are different varieties and health benefits of teas… and beyond.

I say beyond b/c kombucha can be much more than fermented camellias sinensis, but for this series we will keep it in the tea family.  So this is part 1 of the series focused on oolong tea benefits.

What is Oolong Tea Benefits

Before we can get into the benefits of oolong, let’s first talk about what oolong tea is…

Oolong tea is a product made from the leaves, buds, and stems of the Camellia sinensis plant. This is the same plant that is also used to make black tea and green tea. The difference is in the processing. Oolong tea is partially fermented, black tea is fully fermented, and green tea is unfermented.

Something to keep in mind when we talk about fermented…

  • When speaking about loose tea like oolong, the word fermented really means oxidized.  Like when you bite into a juicy apple and then the phone rings and it’s you best friend from high school who you have not spoke to in 2 years.  Two amazing hours later of catching up you get back to that apple and you now see it is a bit brown.  That is what we mean by fermented when it comes to tea.
  • When we talk about fermentation with kombucha, we are talking about an aerobic and aerobic process that converts sugar and nitrogen from the tea into organic acids, digestive flora, probiotics, vitamins and minerals.

Ok, now that we clarified, back to the regular scheduled health benefits oolong program…

Richard Goodness of TeaMuse writes:

The production of oolong requires that the leaves be processed directly after picking. First the leaves are wilted in the sun for a short period of time. They are placed into baskets and shaken, which bruises the leaves. The juices in the leaves are now exposed to the air, which begins the process of oxidation. The leaves are then spread out to dry. After a period of time–less than 2 hours for Chinese oolongs, longer for Taiwanese oolongs, the tea is fired, which stops the fermentation process.

Oolongs are traditionally fired into hot woks and cooked very quickly. After that is done, the leaves may be further fermented, and then fired again. Ultimately we have crisp, dry leaves.

As you can see, a lot of what defines a tea’s characteristics (if not the majority), happens AFTER, it is picked… a good way to look at this is comparing it with grapes when wine making..

jasmine oolongOolong tea is often scented with jasmine flowers. Jasmine flowers are picked, and the tea leaves are steamed in order to hold scent well. (Often, green tea leaves are used for this process, but the process of scenting partially oxidizes the leaves, causing them to be considered oolong.) Jasmine flowers bloom at night; they are picked early in the day and mixed in with the tea at night, when they open and release their scent. The scent is infused into the leaves, and the process is repeated over a couple of nights. So. Now that we’ve gotten that cleared up, let’s take a look at the infamous Wu Long Tea Diet. The pitch, if you’re going on any of several sketchy sites online, is that here is a rare tea imported directly from a special mountain in China that will make you lose so many pounds in so many days. It’ll burn fat and trim your waistline. Only this tea will do, so act now!

Health Benefits of Oolong Tea

Cool, so now that we have an understanding of what we are drinking, let’s delve into why we are drinking it (ahem.. besides its amazing taste!).  Below are some of the health benefits of oolong.

My boy Dr. Oz (who I believe is the real deal given the amount of exposure and celebrity he has had the past few years) chimes in with:

Oolong tea boosts metabolism, helping you burn fat faster. Its unique catechin (an antioxidant) and caffeine combination ignites your body’s fat-burning furnace and raises your metabolism for up to 2 hours after drinking it. Oolong tea also contains polyphenols that help block fat-building enzymes. Studies have shown that drinking oolong tea has led to sustained weight loss and a smaller waist size. Be careful not to overload your tea with sugar, which will negate the benefits.

Dr. Weil, who I do respect and enjoy his health books… ahem, though has slammed drinking kombucha and not being to beneficial :(  answers a question about the health benefits of ooloong tea with blood sugar.

The effect of oolong tea on blood sugar has been tested in several studies. Investigators with the U.S. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) conducted a pilot study in 2001 with eight volunteers, all with type 2 diabetes. They found that by drinking six cups of oolong daily for eight weeks, the volunteers were able to lower their blood sugar levels by 15 to 20 percent. Another study, from Taiwan, published in Diabetes Care in 2003, seemed to show that drinking oolong tea (while also taking drugs to lower blood sugar) significantly lowered blood sugar when compared to drinking water. The researchers concluded that the combination was more effective than the drugs alone.

Just need to chime in for just one second.. did you get that last sentence????!!!!?  I will write it again:

The researchers concluded that the combination was more effective than the drugs alone.  Now, keep in mind there were only 20 people in this study.. but goodness gravy, how is this not out there!

Dr. Weil continues..

The possibility that oolong tea can boost fat oxidation comes from an investigation of the long-held Chinese belief that this tea can help control body weight. In 2001, ARS researchers tested four different beverages on 12 male volunteers for three consecutive days (during which the volunteers avoided other sources of caffeine). The drinks provided during the study were full-strength tea, colored water with the caffeine equivalent of full-strength tea, half-strength tea, and plain colored water.

The researchers found that the energy expenditure of the volunteers was higher after drinking full-strength tea or caffeinated colored water and that their subjects burned 67 more calories per day when they drank tea instead of an equal amount of plain water. Also, the volunteers’ fat oxidation was 12 percent higher after they drank tea. The investigators said that their findings should be regarded as tentative. I haven’t seen any more recent research showing that drinking oolong tea increases fat oxidation. Tea is an area of great interest for me, and I’ll post updates as studies continue.

How I Benefit With Oolong Tea With and Without Kombucha

I probably have down played it, b/c I have placed so much focus on spreading the word about kombucha.. but I am a tea junkie!!  This goes hand and hand with kombucha, because the better tea you have the better kombucha you will have!

When I drink oolong on its on, I love a straight wu long (side note, wu long, woo lung, etc are the same name as oolong).. when I use oolong to make kombucha I am obsessed with our Passion Fruit Oolong it is crazy good!

I like to use the passion fruit oolong to brew and then I take a piece of ginger and some cut up fresh mango into a blend, cover with kombucha tea (just enough to cover it).  Then CAREFULLY (don’t want kombucha going every where)… blend it.

This will create a liquid smoothie texture that I then put 2 ounces per 16 ounce bottle of kombucha to flavor.

If you try it, you’re welcome :)

Happy Brewin’,
Dave :)

PS: it goes beyond the scope of this post, but oolong tea has a beautiful ceremony on to itself… watching this video is like a meditation!

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Easy Coconut Kefir Recipe To Get US Started! https://www.getkombucha.com/coconut-kefir-recipe/ https://www.getkombucha.com/coconut-kefir-recipe/#comments Wed, 28 Aug 2013 19:12:17 +0000 http://www.getkombucha.com/?p=1833 GetKombucha.com is the highest rated Kombucha site online!

Before we get into the coconut kefir recipe let’s back up and see how this post came to be.  One of the biggest questions I get from readers of the blog “is what is kefir and how can I make it?”. Truth be told I have never made it. Reader:  “What?!!  Dave, how could you

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coconut milk kefirBefore we get into the coconut kefir recipe let’s back up and see how this post came to be.  One of the biggest questions I get from readers of the blog “is what is kefir and how can I make it?”.

Truth be told I have never made it.

Reader:  “What?!!  Dave, how could you say that?   I thought you were the fermentation kombucha recipe king!!”

Dave: “Well, actually I’m a regular dude just like you (uh, unless you are one of our female readers, then I am a regular gal, just like you… if that isn’t weird?”

You see, as much as I love kombucha I have been a bit of an elitist in the world of other fermented foods.  Kombucha has been a wonderful action starter for other things like growing my own wheat grass, to trampoline jumping; I have not been to open with MAKING other probiotics.

I thought this post would not just encourage you, the reader, but also me, the writer, to take action and give it a go.

What is kefir and what are the benefits

According to Dr. Perricone

“Kefir (kee-fer) is a fermented, probiotic milk drink from the Caucasus Mountains in the former Soviet Union. The name kefir loosely translated means “pleasure” or “good feeling.” Due to its health-promoting properties, kefir was once considered a gift from the gods. Fortunately it is being rediscovered and recognized for its many health and beauty benefits.”

“Kefir also contains unique polysaccharides (long chain sugars) called kefiran, which may be responsible for some of its health benefits. Much of the Russian research on its health benefits remains untranslated, and Western research is in its early stages—but the results to date support kefir’s impressive folk reputation.”

I was getting, what I thought was my kefir firx with yogurt, but as you will see they are a bit different…
“Unlike yogurt recipes, which is created from milk by adding certain lactic acid bacteria, kefir is made by combining milk with a pinch of “kefir grains”—the folk term coined to describe a complex mixture of yeasts and lactobacillus bacteria. The small amount of carbon dioxide, alcohol and aromatic compounds produced by the cultures give kefir its distinct fizzy, tangy taste.”
Mike Adams, from natural has a great article on the benefits as well.  He talks about some great scientific research on the topic.

“The Journal of Medicine and Food, June edition, reported an investigation to determine probiotic properties of kefir. Researchers used a carbohydrate fraction isolated from kefir to test for anti-inflammatory activity both in vitro and in vivo using rats. Results indicated a significant reduction in rat paw edema and overall trauma after treatments with kefir compared to the control rats.

Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a naturally occurring fatty acid found in kefir and other ruminant products that has been shown to possess anti-cancer activities in in-vivo animal models and in vitro cell culture systems. The BMC Cancer Journal, July edition, reports a study to determine the effects of CLA on apoptosis (programmed cell death) in human breast tissue. Researchers found that CLA induced apoptosis through estrogen receptor alpha in the breast cells. These findings suggest that the affect of estrogen on breast tissue is modulated by CLA.”

I have been playing around in the world of CLA with grass fed beef (I will be writing a post on grass fed beef very soon as it has greatly improved my lifestyle!).

What is coconut and what are the benefits?

Coconut is finally getting the notoriety it deserves.  After being bastardized (am I allowed to say that word on a clean fun loving kombucha blog?).  I use it in tons of my recipes.

You see not all saturated fat is created equal.

“You’ve no doubt noticed that for about the last 60 years, the majority of health care officials and the media have been telling you saturated fats are bad for your health and lead to a host of negative consequences, including high cholesterol, obesity, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

Meanwhile during this same 60 years, the American levels of heart disease, obesity, elevated serum cholesterol and Alzheimer’s have skyrocketed.”

The above statement is from Dr. Mercola. Who goes on to say:

The fact is, all saturated fats are not created equal.

“The operative word here is “created,” because some saturated fats occur naturally, while other fats are artificially manipulated into a saturated state through the man-made process called hydrogenation.

Hydrogenation manipulates vegetable and seed oils by adding hydrogen atoms while heating the oil, producing a rancid, thickened substance that really only benefits processed food shelf life and corporate profits — just about all experts now agree, hydrogenation does nothing good for your health.

These manipulated saturated fats are also called trans-fats — and you should avoid them like the plague. But if one form of saturated fat is bad for you, does that mean all saturated fat is bad for you?

Absolutely not!”

I have been eating coconut oil, coconut water, and coconut milk for the last year or so with outstanding results  (in fact I now blend some in my tea and coffee!!).. if you’re interested in that I can shoot a video for the blog!

Here are some of the benefits of coconut… now keep in mind we are talking about real coconut that is not processed with heat.

Loose weight and have more energy!

While some people think obesity is only a matter of calories, others (myself included) believe that the sources of those calories are critical too.

It is a fact that different foods affect our bodies and hormones in different ways. In this regard, a calorie is NOT a calorie.

The medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut oil can increase energy expenditure compared to the same amount of calories from longer chain fats (pubmed).

One study found that 15-30 grams of MCTs per day increased 24 hour energy expenditure by 5%, totalling about 120 calories per day (pubmed).

My own experience of consuming coconut oil is that I feel more satiated… not just less hungry but more satisfied!

Another benefit of coconut oil is that it may actually HELP with heart disease due to its cholestrol properties.

Kris Gunners writes…

“Coconut oil is loaded with saturated fats, which actually do not harm the blood lipid profile like previously thought.

Saturated fats raise HDL (the good) cholesterol and change the LDL cholesterol to a benign subtype.

In one study in 40 women, coconut oil reduced Total and LDL cholesterol while increasing HDL compared to soybean oil.

There are also rat studies showing that coconut oil reduces triglycerides, total and LDL cholesterol, increases HDL and improves blood coagulation factors and antioxidant status.

This improvement in cardiovascular risk factors should theoretically lead to a reduced risk of heart disease over the long term.”

Finally the Coconut Kefir Recipe

Ok.  Now that we know that both kefir and coconut rock!  Here’s an easy to do Kefir Recipe Coconut Milk Video.  I’m gonna make it this week and so should you!

and here is a great video FAQ about kefir… the guys answers a lot of questions on the basic how to make kefir recipe in general.. and though it might not be as entertaining as some of my kombucha video :), they are just as informative!

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Many people who have been drinking kombucha tea already know the power of fermented foods.  I personally enjoy kombucha as my main source of probiotics for several reasons. It tastes great Easy to do Easy to consume I think that last part is the strongest reason for it being my top choice, since consuming liquids

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Many people who have been drinking kombucha tea already know the power of fermented foods.  I personally enjoy kombucha as my main source of probiotics for several reasons.

  • It tastes great
  • Easy to do
  • Easy to consume

I think that last part is the strongest reason for it being my top choice, since consuming liquids tend to be easier.  For example, in the real world if I am gonna work and eat… or even worse (and more real) drive and eat; it is much easier to drink and drive than it is to eat and drive.

Yes, in a perfect world we should be sitting quietly with 100% focus and attention to our food/liquid.  However, as I am typing this blog post I am enjoying some nice water.

Ok, so now that I said my peace for the benefits of kombucha to be your probiotic of choice.  Let’s make a case for the other ways to get your probiotics through vegatables.

As Dr Oz explains, fermented food can help with weghtloss

“Why it’s a superfood: Directly translated from German as “sour cabbage,” this traditional fermented food delivers gut-friendly flora that boost digestion and can reduce belly inflammation. Sauerkraut’s signature sour taste comes as the added bacteria ferment the naturally occurring sugars in the cabbage into lactic acid; it should keep for months.

Dr. Oz’s Prescription: Check the label carefully and buy only traditional fermented sauerkraut and not one of the more commercially heat-treated brands (which many are), as that will destroy the beneficial bacteria. Top your next turkey sandwich with a half-cup for a zingy, nutrient-packed punch.”

If you are thinking about making sauerkraut here is a great video on how to do it. This lady is old school and rocks!  There are several other easy videos online that I will include in the resource section below.

Keep in mind the same method used for fermented cabbage can be done with any vegetable!  I love carrots and red cabbage… oh my, my!

This video from Sandor Katz, the founder of http://www.wildfermentation.com/ is a outstanding resource for all things fermented.  Not only will he show you how to ferment vegetables, he will also explain so many things related to the topic!

This video below is one of my favorite as he offers great tips while giving great information as to why we are doing certain things.

So there you have it.  As you can see making fermented veggies are almost as easy as making fermented tea.  Something to look out for, just like kombucha, you should not ferment in aluminum or cheap plastic as the acidity and detoxing effects of the veggies will leech out the bad stuff in those containers.  I prefer using glass, or even better, a lead free porcelain, like the ones we use for our Brewing Containers.

Drinking my probiotics is still my favorite way to consume them, but incorporating these other healthy fermented foods help round out a nice digestive flora diet and lifestyle!

Happy Brewin,

Dave

 

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Kombucha Starter Kit Recipe Tip https://www.getkombucha.com/kombucha-starter-kit-recipe-tip/ https://www.getkombucha.com/kombucha-starter-kit-recipe-tip/#comments Fri, 16 Aug 2013 09:51:46 +0000 http://www.getkombucha.com/?p=388 GetKombucha.com is the highest rated Kombucha site online!

Quick Recipe Tips For Your Kombucha Starter Kit   So here is a Kombucha recipe starter kit tip, if you happen to purchase a Kombucha starter kit online, either from our company or from somebody else, or if you happen to get a culture from a friend or something. Get Organized When you begin to

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Quick Recipe Tips For Your Kombucha Starter Kit

 

So here is a Kombucha recipe starter kit tip, if you happen to purchase a Kombucha starter kit online, either from our company or from somebody else, or if you happen to get a culture from a friend or something.

Get Organized

When you begin to brew I would lay out all the material that you need, this will do two things, you get organized.

I know whenever I set up an Ikea furniture project, laying everything out is good whether you’re reading the directions on paper or online.

Get The Temperature Right

Lying the kombucha materials out will also buy you some time to make sure that your culture is at room temperature and what I mean by this is that cultures when they’re shipped go through different temperatures right, outside temperature during the summertime might be a little warm, temperatures during the winter time is going to be very, very cold. Also if you get a frozen culture in the mail, which can happen, it’s all good.

The only thing you want to be mindful of is just as you want to make sure your nutrient solution, your sweet tea, cools down, you also want to make sure then that frozen culture warms up.

How to Store Your Kombucha Tea

Get Going (Most Important of All!)

So think of it like a PB & J sandwich coming together in perfect unity, I’m sure if I had more time and scripted this I’d come up with a better analogy, but really when you incorporate your Kombucha culture, your Kombucha starter tea, your Kombucha nutrient solution all in your Kombucha container, they should all be the same temperature.

That is your Kombucha quick tip and keep the questions coming.

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Does Kombucha Have Vitamins? https://www.getkombucha.com/does-kombucha-have-vitamins/ https://www.getkombucha.com/does-kombucha-have-vitamins/#comments Tue, 13 Aug 2013 17:13:03 +0000 http://www.getkombucha.com/?p=321 GetKombucha.com is the highest rated Kombucha site online!

What Vitamins Does Kombucha Have? Does Kombucha Have Vitamins and Minerals?  Yes it does, why? Because you’re using things that contain vitamins and minerals and those initial ingredients, things like tea and sugar, especially if you’re using an evaporated cane juice sugar, which has natural minerals in it, get carried through the process. Also the

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What Vitamins Does Kombucha Have?

Does Kombucha Have Vitamins and Minerals?

 Yes it does, why?

Because you’re using things that contain vitamins and minerals and those initial ingredients, things like tea and sugar, especially if you’re using an evaporated cane juice sugar, which has natural minerals in it, get carried through the process.

Also the yeast found in Kombucha has a natural spectrum of vitamin B, such as  vitamin B12, vitamin B6, so on and so forth. The interesting thing is, not the amount, but the absorption, the availability of these vitamins into our bodies.

Quality Over Quantity for Kombucha Vitamins and Minerals

I’ve talked about this before, but you got to think quality over quantity, anyone can pop a pill or drink an energy drink that on the back of the label has 10,000 of a percentage of recommended vitamin B12, but how much of that actually gets absorbed into our body versus how much of it gets pissed out as a neon florescent yellow, where you could have a black light party and do all sorts of crazy stuff with, I’m not recommending that, I’m just saying.

Kombucha Helps Vitamin Absorption Rate

So the question is, does Kombucha have vitamins? The real question is, how much of the vitamins get absorbed and in my opinion, even though you start off with a lot less vitamins than something you can pop in a pill, the absorption rate is way better, it gets utilized in such a more efficient way.

It makes sense, the body know what food is versus what comes in a weird plastic bottle that sits on the shelf for years and years and years.

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Why Use Kombucha Extract? Today I would like to talk about the benefits and uses of Kombucha extract and why it might be the best fit for you. So let me just start off by saying personally, I think there’s nothing greater than brewing your own Kombucha tea at home, because not just for the

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Today I would like to talk about the benefits and uses of Kombucha extract and why it might be the best fit for you.

So let me just start off by saying personally, I think there’s nothing greater than brewing your own Kombucha tea at home, because not just for the benefits of Kombucha tea, the ownership, the pride that a brewer will have over seeing a project from beginning to end, in my experience it has leaked to other aspects of my life.

Primarily, look at this, it motivated me enough to start a company, a website dedicated to ensuring your success to make Kombucha tea at home.

With that said, there are certain times, certain people and certain situations where brewing Kombucha tea just isn’t the most effective. I know for myself, I travel a lot, I know when I travel to other countries to source other teas and find out all these other techniques on how to incorporate other health strategies into my life and share that with you.

Kombucha Drops For Your Travelstravel with kombucha extract

It’s kind of hard to carry a Kombucha continuous brewing system on an airplane, it’s a lot easier to use Kombucha extract, why? Well Kombucha extract first off is about 1-2 ounces, it’s very small, can fit in your pocket, in fact it’s small enough that even with the travel.

Healing Mushroom Tea in Your Pocket

Even with the TSA restrictions it’s still small enough to bring it on carry on, which is pretty cool because a lot of time I travel light and there’s no need to pack the Kombucha in a luggage bag, you can actually put it in your pocket, while probably when they ask you to empty out your pocket you’d have to put it in the tray, but you can actually use it as a carry on item.

Very good also, that not only can you bring it onto the plane, you can use it on the plane as well. When you ask for your water or whatever, do add some kombucha drops in the water to make your mushroom drink. I think it kicks Air born, or whatever supplements they try to sell you on beating immunity on a flight.

Diabetics or Sugar Restricted Diets

Another use would be for diabetics or those who choose to eliminate all sugar, at least Kombucha related, into their diet, their lifestyle.

Kombucha does Contain Sugar

Yes Kombucha does have sugar, in fact we know it has a lot of sugar when we prepare it and then throughout that fermentation process that sugar gets converted, broken down into all these things that make Kombucha, Kombucha, but there’s still at the end of the day a little bit of sugar left.

How Much Sugar?

How much? Well we have other videos on that, but anywhere from 3-10 grams of sugar per serving, still a heck of a lot less than a soda let’s say, but there are some people that just don’t want any sugar into there diet, well Kombucha extract solves that problem. When you make the extract, you are essentially distilling out the sugar from the Kombucha tea.

kombucha drops on the goBenefits of Kombucha On the Go

A third reason why somebody might want to consider incorporating Kombucha concentrate into their lifestyle, either as a supplement or compliment of Kombucha tea, or as a replacement to home brewing Kombucha.

It is just easy to do and in terms of a price savings versus home brewing, it is again amazing.

Cost Saving

If you’re comparing it to buying a $5 bottle of Kombucha mushroom tea every single day, the cost per serving is dramatically less, it’s something that you can fit in your pocket and it has an unlimited shelf life.

Distilled Kombucha in the Palm of Your Hands

Of course I’m talking about the Kombucha tea extract that we provide, I’m sure all other Kombucha extracts, some of them are good, some of them are bad. I can’t though speak about their potency and their effectiveness and their shelf life, but our Kombucha extract, the benefits are no sugar what so ever, unlimited shelf life, it does not need refrigeration and in terms of traveling, it’s very, very convenient.

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Is Drinking Kombucha While Pregnant Safe? Can I drink Kombucha while I’m pregnant? That is a question that I received, I’m not asking you guys because I don’t think I’ll ever be pregnant and that there lies the challenge for me responding. A lot of my responses to questions about Kombucha, yes from research, but

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Is Drinking Kombucha While Pregnant Safe?

Can I drink Kombucha while I’m pregnant?

That is a question that I received, I’m not asking you guys because I don’t think I’ll ever be pregnant and that there lies the challenge for me responding.

A lot of my responses to questions about Kombucha, yes from research, but research could be a little dogmatic, because mention one somewhere then all of a sudden it’s mentioned everywhere and it becomes law, so a lot of my responses also from my own personal experience, that’s why I feel so confident and comfortable talking about my own experience and why I also encourage people when they brew to experiment and see what works for them.

In this question, with this situation, I cannot talk about my own personal experience of being pregnant while drinking Kombucha, I can talk about what the research in terms of, when I say research I mean what has been the dogma so to speak, what has been found in past books and articles and so on and so forth and they have recommended not drinking Kombucha while pregnant, and the basis is these three reasons:

1) Caffeine in Kombucha

Kombucha traditional, but we know now you could prepare it with a caffeine free version, but traditionally, it has been prepared using black tea, green tea, camellia sinensis, which does contain caffeine, while you’re pregnant, they say, and they, I guess dogma, whatever doctors, say you should not consume caffeine.

2) Alcohol Levels

Also Kombucha contains a small amount of alcohol, also something that they say is not the best to consume while pregnant.

3) Detoxification Process

Finally Kombucha is detoxifying to the body, and whether it’s true or not, the research or a belief is that, well if you’re drinking something that’s detoxifying for the body, at an early state of pregnancy you body might think that this fetus could be foreign and might detoxify it out.

So those are traditionally the three cases for not drinking Kombucha during pregnancy.

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Always Seek Professional Advise

I would suggest speaking to your medical doctor, I’m not a medical doctor, I can’t give advice and I’ve never been pregnant.

What I can say is, which is really cool, my sister was pregnant about a year and a half ago and she did not drink Kombucha while she was pregnant, but I came home to visit and see my niece, hi Jennifer if you’re watching this and you’re old enough to actually understand what I’m saying to you right now.

Kombucha and Breastfeeding

I got a chance to meet her midwife, and her midwife was so cool, I told her that this is what I do, I live out in LA and I teach people how to successfully brew Kombucha at home, and when I mentioned the word Kombucha, she went crazy, she said she recommends it to her patients, to her midwife patients, not so much during pregnancy, but after pregnancy if the baby has a little indigestion.

Now there’s few things, I guess the mother could consume the Kombucha and through the breast milk the baby could get the Kombucha that way.

There’s a little belief that it sours the milk, so on and so forth, what she told my sister to do, was to simply add a little bit, now we’re talking small, a few drops of Kombucha in with water and have her drink that to help with the indigestion, so this is one midwife’s experience and advice I would say seek out, but at least have it as an option and really this video if you’re watching this and you have been pregnant, and incorporated Kombucha or did not incorporate Kombucha, I want to know your thoughts.

Love to Hear About Your Story On Drinking Kombucha Tea During Pregnancy

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3 Flavoring Kombucha Ideas Today I’d like to discuss the 3 different times you have the opportunity to flavor your Kombucha for making it taste different, changing the profile up and just to simply experiment and each of these times have different pros, cons and different characteristics. 1 – Flavor Your Kombucha At The Tea

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3 Flavoring Kombucha Ideas

Today I’d like to discuss the 3 different times you have the opportunity to flavor your Kombucha for making it taste different, changing the profile up and just to simply experiment and each of these times have different pros, cons and different characteristics.

1 – Flavor Your Kombucha At The Tea Making Stage

First off, flavoring your Kombucha tea starts even before you begin to ferment your Kombucha tea and what I mean by that is when you make your nutrient solution and it’s just fancy for your sweet tea, your tea and sugar, choosing the tea that you use will change the flavor of your Kombucha.

If you’re using green tea for your Kombucha you’re going to have a different taste than if you’re using straight black tea. If you’re using a combination, again a different variation to the flavor profile.

So the tea that you use to prepare your Kombucha will ultimately effect the flavor of the finished bottled Kombucha tea.

There’s also other things you can use besides tea, we go into more advanced training such as herbs, such as Chinese herbs, other medicinal herbs from either from traditional or even today, but just know that the herbs and tea, we really are talking about camellia sinensis, the tea plant, but tea can also be used as just anything you’re infusing into a liquid, creating an infusion, just know that whatever you use in the beginning will ultimately effect the flavor at the end.

2 – Flavor Kombucha At The Bottling Stage

The second time that you can have the opportunity to flavor your Kombucha is when you go to bottle your Kombucha tea.flavoring kombucha - how to favor your kombucha

What I mean by that is, you fermented your Kombucha tea and now you’re actually transferring the liquid, the fermented Kombucha tea into a bottle, so the liquid is removed from the Kombucha culture and you can then choose to flavor that bottle, the individual bottle.

This is a really good opportunity to experiment, because the flavor isn’t the best, well it’s only that one bottle and you could chug it, or throw it out.

All your other bottles are good to go and the entire batch of Kombucha, if you’re doing a continuous brewing system, the entire two gallons that you’re making isn’t effected.

Then how do you flavor in the bottle? Well you could choose lots of different methods, you could use liquids, so you could use your favorite fresh squeezed juice, you could use regular juice off of a shelf that’s pasteurized, the choice is yours.

Basically though, the quality of the ingredients that you use to make Kombucha, will be the quality of your end result Kombucha tea.

3 – Adding Flavor To Kombucha After Bottling

Other alternatives though, which I find pretty cool to play around with, is using things like raisins, craisins, sliced fresh ginger root, you could even use herbs, things like lavender and rosehips.

flavor kombucha ideasWhen you’re using things like that though, like lavender and rosehips, you want to really make sure that your PH level is low enough, because when you bottle your Kombucha during a secondary fermentation, you’re leaving your Kombucha tea out still, during the bottling stage it still is fermenting, as well as building up it’s CO2 to give use that nice fizz.

In fact one of the nice things about flavoring Kombucha at this stage is that you’re introducing additional sugar that in a bottled fermentation now we’re in the anaerobic process of fermentation.

We get really technical here, that extra additional sugar the yeast will continue to convert, but this time there’s no escaping, so the CO2 stays in that bottle, hence building up the CO2 pressure for us to enjoy that fizziness that I know, at least for myself and many people, really enjoy.

Add Flavor To Your Kombucha After It Has Been Poured

The last stage of flavoring your Kombucha tea, the opportunity is when you actually go to pour your Kombucha in a glass, you could add a little club soda and cranberry juice right then and there and you’re going to change up that flavor profile.

So experiment have fun, you can choose one of these three, or you could choose all three to effect the flavoring of your Kombucha tea, hopefully though, this gives you some idea, some insight into when and how to flavor your Kombucha.

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How To Lose Weight With Kombucha https://www.getkombucha.com/how-to-lose-weight-with-kombucha/ https://www.getkombucha.com/how-to-lose-weight-with-kombucha/#comments Sat, 27 Jul 2013 16:19:29 +0000 http://www.getkombucha.com/?p=350 GetKombucha.com is the highest rated Kombucha site online!

How to Drink Kombucha for Weight Loss In this video I’m going to discuss why it is important to time your Kombucha, especially for weight loss, so if you’re interested in drinking Kombucha to help with your weight loss, there are a few tips that you can use to ensure success. Does Kombucha Make You

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How to Drink Kombucha for Weight Loss

In this video I’m going to discuss why it is important to time your Kombucha, especially for weight loss, so if you’re interested in drinking Kombucha to help with your weight loss, there are a few tips that you can use to ensure success.

Does Kombucha Make You Lose Weight?

Tip number one is, and again both of these tips, listen to your body, so experiment, and actually I would love post a comment, email me, contact me, write on Facebook, let me know how they work for you.

Tip number one is, when you’re going to consume Kombucha, consume it before your meal, maybe like 5-10 minutes before your meal.

The first thing that it’ll do is if you’re suffering from Candida or anything like that, even though Kombucha is fermented and as you ferment the Kombucha, the sugar gets converted into all of these awesome organic acids, small amount of alcohol and acetic acid, there still remains a little bit of sugar left, actually more specifically fructose left.

Replace Your Unhealthy Soda with a Healthy Tea

Now way less, ranges, but let’s say anywhere from 3 grams to 7 grams to give you a general rule of thumb, way less than a soda, way less than orange juice or anything like that, which is by the way, one of the reasons why people have experienced so much weight loss drinking Kombucha, is simply the fact their replacing it for their soda.

Their daily soda everyday becomes their daily bottle of Kombucha tea. Also Kombucha has that astringent, tarty taste, that we similarly, our taste buds are happy getting it from that versus alcohol or coffee.

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Drink Kombucha on an Empty Stomach

If you drink it on an empty stomach, your body will be able to process it and get it quicker before it’s inundated with food and other stuff, so it’s also very good, another little tip is that you’re incorporating Kombucha for Candida, also consume Kombucha on an empty stomach.

Small Amounts Throughout the Day

The second tip is, rather than have a lot of it at once, have it throughout the day. So instead of drinking a 17 or 18 ounce bottle before your meal, try to have 4 ounces before every single meal. That is how to lose weight with Kombucha, master secret super-duper tip and stay tuned for more Kombucha benefit videos.

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Kombucha Skin Benefits https://www.getkombucha.com/kombucha-skin-benefits/ https://www.getkombucha.com/kombucha-skin-benefits/#comments Mon, 22 Jul 2013 19:02:51 +0000 http://www.getkombucha.com/?p=390 GetKombucha.com is the highest rated Kombucha site online!

How Is Kombucha Good For Your Skin? Today I’d like to speak specifically on Kombucha tea benefits relating to skin, how does Kombucha help with our skin? Kombucha Detoxifies Your Body To Show Radiant Skin Well it helps two ways, one’s a common way I’m sure, by drinking it, everyone knows you can drink Kombucha

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Today I’d like to speak specifically on Kombucha tea benefits relating to skin, how does Kombucha help with our skin?

Kombucha Detoxifies Your Body To Show Radiant Skin

Well it helps two ways, one’s a common way I’m sure, by drinking it, everyone knows you can drink Kombucha tea and when you start detoxing and you start digesting better and you start getting tea, again I can’t stress enough that Kombucha to me is a vehicle, it super charges whatever is in the Kombucha tea.

So if your nutrient solution is made with tea and tea has already shown to be beneficial in our lives and you also have things like minerals and vitamins.

May not be as much as, in terms of the amount, as super mega-dose pill that you pop, like a vitamin B 12 pill might have 12,000% of the daily recommended dose and the vitamin D found in yeast strands, might only be, let’s say 20% of the recommended dose, however because it’s super charged with the fermentation process, with gluconic and acetic acid, and digestive flora, the absorption, it’s not necessary how much we’re putting in it’s how much is getting used.

Skin May Get Worse (Detox Process) Before It Gets Better

With that said, drinking Kombucha is excellent for the skin, however, little tip, initially you might actually see some kombucha skin memepimples, some rashes, some breakouts of your skin and it could be a straight on allergic reaction.

In fact even the cleanse is still an allergic reaction, it’s just one, you should first and foremost, go see a medical doctor, I’m not a doctor, all that stuff, however a quick fix on that is simply consume less and then slowly build up.

Ways To Help The Skin To Detox

It could just be your body trying to get things out, things that speed that along would be sweating, walk around, move around, do lymphatic drainage, go into a sauna, ever do a body brush, all that stuff? That’s one way to help your body eliminate it so it’s not forced through expressing itself through a rash or running to the bathroom every two seconds.

Kombucha As Astringent For The Skin

The second Kombucha skin benefit is not just drinking it, but you can actually use it as an astringent, this is apparently the universal sign for topical astringent, and it’s a wonderful two birds with one stone technique because if you ever over brewed Kombucha tea, with your home brewed Kombucha and you’re like, it’s too strong for me to drink, great, bath in it, I’m serious.

Great For Sun Damaged and Sun Burnt Skin

I will do another post, another article on all the other uses for Kombucha aside from drinking, but just know this, it is wonderful if your skin is sun burnt, it’s very good for helping with sun burn and it’s also very good as an astringent, so replace it with your favorite astringent skin care product.

Hope that answers the question, talking about Kombucha benefits on skin.

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Will Kombucha Help Me Sleep? https://www.getkombucha.com/will-kombucha-help-me-sleep/ https://www.getkombucha.com/will-kombucha-help-me-sleep/#comments Fri, 19 Jul 2013 13:19:49 +0000 http://www.getkombucha.com/?p=413 GetKombucha.com is the highest rated Kombucha site online!

Will Kombucha help me sleep? I know for myself, no, but that’s because I’m always thinking of other ways I can help people brew Kombucha, and different ways I can incorporate Kombucha into my life. How Do I Go To Sleep With Kombucha? So 2 things, 1) Kombucha, when brewed using the original recipe, using

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I know for myself, no, but that’s because I’m always thinking of other ways I can help people brew Kombucha, and different ways I can incorporate Kombucha into my life.

How Do I Go To Sleep With Kombucha?

So 2 things,

1) Kombucha, when brewed using the original recipe, using Camellia sinensis tea, which means black teas, Oolong teas, green teas, all that stuff which has caffeine in it, now different people are sensitive to caffeine differently, and not just caffeine, but types of caffeine.

For example, did you know that things like yerba mate, coffee, chocolate and Camellia sinensis tea, all have caffeine, but when you look at the break down on chemical level, they’re all slightly different, and the way it reacts to our body are also slightly different, because, well what does it also have?

2) So tea has other things in it that coffee does not have, so it’s in my opinion, more of a complimentary, things like theanine that help ground us, that relax us, even though there’s also things like caffeine found in Camellia sinensis tea.

So first I would recommend trying to drink it at night and see how you feel.

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The Kombucha Buzz

One of the nice things is Kombucha does have certain things that, I know for myself, that almost like a drunk effect, even though we’ve spoken about it, Kombucha.

Unless you go out of your way and specifically, and there are techniques, which I show you in other trainings on how to make Kombucha alcoholic and Kombucha wine and ways to punch up that alcohol level, regular Kombucha tea will not do that to you, so it will though make you feel good, so some aspects of drinking Kombucha it relaxes you and calms you because tea in general is an adaptogen and Kombucha is also an adaptogen, it’ll give you what you need.

Switch To Non Caffeinated

If though, you feel hyper-stimulated on Kombucha in the evening, I would recommend switching your Kombucha to a non caffeinated source.

I was about to say tea source, but I would just say non caffeinated source because the recommendations I’m about to give you are not actually tea from the tea plant, so these would be things like rooibos , things like honey bush and things like jiagalong.

When you brew this please be mindful to either add a little bit of Camellia sinensis tea to ensure that the nitrogen levels and the tannins of Camellia sinensis, or do an experimental batch so if you’re brewing a couple batches of Kombucha in a couple different containers, using a couple different cultures, have one put aside and call it sleepy time Kombucha.

The nice thing about this is that you can experiment and see what works for you.

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