Bottling Kombucha Tea In Mason Jars

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 :)

Green Tea Benefits

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 :)

Benefits of Using 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 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.

Kombucha Culture Recipe Questions: How Much Sugar In My Kombucha Culture

Today’s Kombucha culture recipe question is how can I measure the amount of sugar in my Kombucha culture tea?

You think the easy answer would be just start with less sugar or don’t add sugar, and that’s definitely a no, no.

Definitely do not use no sugar, Kombucha Culture Recipe Sugaryou could adjust your initial sugar slightly, there is a range, however keep in mind the sugar is not really for you, it’s for your Kombucha culture, Kombucha mushroom, scoby, whatever you want to call it.

Kombucha Culture Converts Sugar

Your Kombucha culture will convert that sugar, if you’re using let’s say, one of our preferences is organic fair trade, evaporated cane juice sugar, that, well the yeast will break that down into fructose and glucose.

Ok, just a heads up, we’re getting technical for a second…

That glucose will continue to get broken down by the yeast into alcohol and that alcohol will get converted into acetic acid and that glucose will also get converted into gluconic acid and other types of organic acids leaving you with acetic acid, some organic acids, gluconic acids, vitamins and minerals from both the sugar and the tea, as well as probiotics, all that fun stuff.

Okay, so now you are probably asking what if I don’t want all that sugar… even now that I know that most of it gets converted.

I personally don’t even think about this b/c I know if I was truly watching my sugar intake on a daily basis, I would cut out many things first before my kombucha culture tea drink.

Why? well, I wish this wasn’t the main answer but, because I don’t have the perfect diet, and for me it is way more important to cut out that snickers bar or ice cream tub once a week, than cut out 4 days of my booch…

In fact I have found that a little kombucha actually CURBS my sugar cravings!

But below are some tips to reduce the sugar in your kombucha culture for the times when you are doing a cleanse, trying to lower your sugar intake to the bear minimum, or on a candida diet .

(which by the way you can still drink kombucha during a candida cleanse, but there are 2 things you must do if you are… I wrote a kombucha candida review post a while back about Linda Allen’s book that you can read here).

Kombucha Culture Tea Sugar Tips

So the sugar though, how do we reduce the sugar?

Well you just simply let it ferment a little longer, so as you’re fermenting your tea, the longer you ferment the more than tea, remember we just spoke about in very scientific terms, continues to get broken down, right?

So that glucose will continue to convert into acetic acid and into gluconic acid and also a little byproduct, alcohol.

One way though to ensure, because there’s got to be a balance of well how do I get my tea then to taste good without it going too vinegary because the longer you ferment, the more sugar, but the more vinegary taste and that problem is solved in another article, called how to make your Kombucha tea taste really yummy through a secondary fermentation process…

ok, it’s a working title… :)

Happy Brewin,

Dave :)

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Kombucha Side Effects: What To Do

Today I’d like to discuss the negative Kombucha side effects, and really define what a kombucha side effect is, because it could well in fact be that a small percentage of the population is allergic to Kombucha, just like a larger part of the population is negative kombucha side effect dry brushingallergic to wheat, gluten, peanuts and things like that.

Now there is a lot of people that would say all an allergy is, is your body expressing itself that in it’s current environment, current situation, it’s not working, so I know people that are lactose intolerant, but they’ve made other lifestyle changes and they can drink milk no problem.

One of those changes is actually drinking Kombucha, because the idea of having probiotics and things that can digest lactose, it actually makes it so that they can drink milk.

Now that’s just one example, I’m not saying if you drink, if you’re lactose intolerant and you start drinking Kombucha that it will work for you, but just an idea to entertain, that an allergy is not necessarily an allergy that you have that you own an allergy, maybe currently the way that your body is expressing something is allergic.

I know a few people contact me about this after they first drink a kombucha at the store like what are gts kombucha side effects?

Well it could be your body might react to one kombucha over the next as the ingredients could change in terms of what type of tea they use (caffeinated vs non-caffeinated for example).

Or perhaps some bottles are more fermented or has more sugar than the others, but for the most part the gts kombucha side effects, would be the same for any other brand kombucha (but you would have to experiment).

Detoxing Your Body

Another way of saying that is perhaps a negative Kombucha side effect could be a runny nose, going to the bathroom a lot, and that could literally be that your body is getting stuff out that it needs to get out that it had in there for a while.

I always compare this, and again there’s term known in the wellness community called a cleansing crisis, people that have gone on a master cleanse before, which is pretty much just like drinking maple syrup and lemons and water, cayenne pepper, doing all that stuff, I did one, and I had a cleansing crisis.

It Gets Worse Before It Gets Better

The first couple days you feel like poop, you’re sweating, you’re breaking out, all that stuff, but then all of a sudden the 4th or 5th day, you feel like a million bucks, so the analogy is, is that if you’re, do you ever clean your room where you throw your bed sheet on and take all your dirty clothes and just throw it in the closet and just close the closet, it’s like cleaning, but it’s not really cleaning.

When you’re really cleaning your room, you got to go through stuff, you’ve got to empty out things, in fact it looks a little messier before it gets a lot cleaner, so the idea of a cleansing crisis is that sometimes especially when we’re doing something that we have not done ever, we’re incorporating something new into our body, the body needs to take that stuff that isn’t clean and get it out.

So a gts kombucha side effect could be a runny nose, head ache, going to the bathroom, throwing up even, breaking out in rashes or pimples or things like that, swelling and things like this.

Now, if you experience this and feel like something is off, please seek medical attention, I am not a medical doctor, but here are some tips that you could do to help along your body getting out that stuff in a positive way:

How to Help With Negative Kombucha Side Effects

Kombucha Tea Side Effects Rebounding

  • Lymphatic Draining.  You could do a dry brushing, if you’ve never heard of that, Google it, maybe we’ll do a video on dry brushing, rebounding, jumping up and down, you don’t even need a trampoline, just jump up and down, moving, walking, exercising.
  • Drinking Water.  Having water is great for assiting your body on a kombucha cleanse so you’re getting these things out, but on your terms, all these things will help.
  • Be The Turtle. Finally, it’s better to be a turtle than a rabbit, if you’re drinking Kombucha and you’re noticing some subtle side effects, not good, not side effects like energy and feeling really good, but subtle side effects that aren’t too good? Well, simply reduce the amount of Kombucha tea you drink at one time, so better to have 2 ounces of Kombucha, 3 times a day, then a 1/2 a gallon of Kombucha once a week.

Hope this helped with not only defining what a negative kombucha side effect is, but also how to go about to assist the body with dealing with kombucha side effects.

Happy Brewin’,

Dave :)

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Does Kombucha Have Alcohol Or Can Recovering Alcoholics Drink Kombucha Tea?

A friend of mine wrote me the other day and asked does kombucha have alcohol and can recovering alcoholics drink Kombucha? And here’s the thing guys, that’s such a personal decision, Kombucha does contain alcohol.

Usually if you’re home brewing and you’re following a basic recipe or especially now if you find Kombucha in the stores, because there was some regulation passed, you’re looking at 0.05% alcohol.

So if you are asking does gt’s kombucha have alcohol it is an easier answer to say what that kombucha tea alcohol content might be.

Kombucha Alcohol Content At Home

does kombucha have alcohol

If you’re home brewing and certain factors, if you add a little too much sugar, or depending on the temperature, the yeast might be a little more active when you go to bottle and you let your bottle sit at room temperature for an extended period of time, you might get higher levels.

The levels that will still be, should be, way, way lower than a beer, so to speak, however, it’s my experience from what I’ve known, I’ve personally never done a program or anything, but even things like non alcoholic beer, might not be the best for someone that is a recovering alcoholic, because that small amount of alcohol might lead to a larger amount of alcohol.

Can Recovering Alcoholics Drink Kombucha Tea?

I would say if you are a recovering alcoholic, know that it does contain alcohol, this also is true for certain people with religious or spiritual beliefs of not to consume any fermented foods or any alcoholic beverages, depending on what your values and beliefs are.

I will though also say that I have a different friend who is a recovering alcoholic that’s been clean for about 15 years, has no problem drinking Kombucha and in fact he loves the idea of drinking Kombucha because he gets that astringent taste. He gets something a little special now when he is at a dinner party.

A lot of times alternative beverages for people that choose not to drink alcohol, at certain social events, are not the best options, you get club soda with a lime in it or soda, that’s probably not the best thing for us, so it’s a nice alternative.

Really the choice is yours, just know the facts, so that you can make the right choice for YOU.. and the facts are that

  • Kombucha does contain a very small amount of alcohol, assuming that you’re brewing the basic way.
  • There are ways to make Kombucha have a high alcohol content, we’ll cover that in more advance videos and
  • People have also experienced the flip side of reducing their alcohol intake in their consumption because they’re getting that astringency, that bite, that fizzy-ness that they might have gotten from other spirits, beers, things like that, from Kombucha.

So there you have it.  Hopefully you can see that I am very happy to answer the first question on whether or not kombucha contains alcohol, and as for the second question I am a huge fan of personal choice and also a huge fan on making sure peeps have the right info (and try my best to be unbiased when I can on that info) to make that personal choice.

Till next time…

You know it’s coming guys…

Are you ready?…

ok…

Happy Brewin’,

Dave :)

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Kombucha Alcohol Level | How Much Alcohol Is In Kombucha Tea?

One of the biggest questions I receive is how much alcohol exactly is in Kombucha and it is a loaded question because there are so many different factors that determine that amount of alcohol levels.

These factors are mainly how much sugar you begin with, how much sugar you end with, how much the temperature is, meaning like how high the brewing consistency is, how long you let your Kombucha tea ferment for and when you go to bottle your Kombucha tea, what the temperature is of that as well.

Those are just a few factors, generally following the basic Kombucha recipe that we have on our site, you’re looking at if you’re a home brewer, you’re looking at around 0.05-1% alcohol content, what does that mean?

Well a beer is usually anywhere from 3.5-6%, so at high levels Kombucha let’s say is 1% if you’re home brewing, so it’s about a quarter to a fifth of a beer, so drinking a 12 ounce bottle of Kombucha is like drinking 2-3 ounces of beer.

Does That Mean Every Kombucha Alcohol Percentage Is That High?

kombucha alcohol content synergy in wholefoods
So does that mean that all Kombucha has that amount of alcohol?

No, there are certain specific techniques that you can do to increase that level of alcohol. Here’s the thing though guys, you need to pretty much go out of your way to do that.

Now in some situations it’s preferable, I know for myself, I’ve experimented, it’s kind of cool to have at a party Kombucha wine, it’s a nice alternative to incorporate Kombucha with other spirits to create a Kombucha-rita.

We have as a video and resources as kombucha alcohol recipes, but in terms of the general Kombucha alcohol level you’re looking at 0.05-1%.

I know there was some controversy regarding Kombucha being pulled off of shelves in big chain retail stores, grocery stores like Whole Foods and such and that was more of a labeling issue, meaning that there are certain requirements if you’re selling something in a retail food setting.

If it reaches, I believe that it’s anything, though it might vary state to state, anything over 0.05% has to be labeled alcohol, when you label something alcohol, you got to pay an alcohol tax, so that was more of a labeling issue.

Just to keep things in mind, if you took fresh squeezed orange juice and let that sit out for a few hours, you’re also looking at an alcohol content of around 0.03-0.08%, so all fermented foods have alcohol in it to some degree, Kombucha mainly gets converted though, if you’re following the basic recipe, the alcohol continues to get transferred into acetic acid, so the preservative effect is more of a vinegar preservation than an alcoholic preservation.

So why do you feel so good? Well how do you feel after you do yoga? How do you feel after you go for a walk? How do you feel after you get a good night’s sleep? When we’re doing something good for our body, we feel good, so that drunkenness is really just a sign of feeling good.

Kombucha Alcohol Percentage Is Still Your Choicekombucha alcohol level calculator

Now whether or not you should or shouldn’t drink kombucha because of of the alcoholic content in kombucha tea is definitely an individual choice.

I know some people’s religious beliefs prevent them from consuming any alcohol, and with regards to recovering alcoholics it is really a double edge sword.

I personally know people who have used kombucha to replace their alcoholic habits (look at Lindsay Lohan), while at the same time I believe that some 12 step programs are against any amount of alcohol toward recovery.

I am curious what you guys think about this.  Let me know by posting a comment below.
 

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Kombucha Alcohol Content | Does Kombucha Have Alcohol?

Kombucha Alcohol Content
Kombucha Alcohol Content

So wait does kombucha have alcohol? Because I am totally buzzing right now!

Kombucha is a tea based drink which has health benefits and medicinal values and the Kombucha alcohol content is always a matter of discussion.

For those that do not know already (though I hope you do if you are on this site), Kombucha can also be made at home.

It contains different species of yeast and bacteria and organic acids, active enzymes and amino acids. Acetic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, oxalic acid, butyric acid and usnic acid are the different acids contained in kombucha.

Kombucha can be classified as a non alcoholic beverage as it contains only 0.5% alcohol.  Kombucha contains yeast and bacteria and in pasteurized versions the process kills the yeast which makes the alcohol and in unpasteurized versions, yeast is left alive which converts sugar to alcohol.

The beverage which contains sugar in more quantity will ferment more alcohol.

Below are some specific idea/points/meanderings about the alcohol found in kombucha, as well as some basic info regarding kombucha and home brewing, for the peeps that have not yet taken our free 7 day kombucha mini course to catch everybody up to speed on kombucha alcohol content.

Some Kombucha Alcohol Content Facts

  • The analysis of home brew versions of Kombucha has shown that the active components in it are similar to glucaric acid. Glucaric acid which is found abundantly in fruits and vegetables can act as a cancer preventive agent and is it also makes the liver more efficient.
  • Studies have been made among the people who have been using Kombucha over a long period and it has been proved that it has helped in improving the energy levels and reducing metabolic disorders, digestive problems, allergies, fatigue and the problems of arthritis.
  • The alcohol contents of Kombucha are a main factor which decides the labeling of the bottle and classification of the beverage.

Prescribed Kombucha Alcohol Content

It is very important to know that the Kombucha alcohol content is very less when proper care is taken while brewing and storing. It should be prevented from being contaminated.  When Kombucha is being prepared you should ensure that it is done in a clean environment and maintains proper temperature and a low pH.

While the preparation process is progressing your hands and utensils and everything else which comes into contact with it has to be kept cleaned.   Acidic conditions are good for the growth of Kombucha culture and hence maintaining correct pH is very important while brewing at home.

The pH value of it should be maintained between 2.5 and 4.6 as a pH less than 2.5 will turn the drink more acidic and makes unfit for human consumption (in terms of drinking it like a bottle of kombucha at a time.. but great as a dressing or a little bit in some water.. kind of like apple cider vinegar)  while a ph more than 4.6 will increase the threat of contamination.

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Proper Fermentation keeps Kombucha alcohol content level right

Kombucha preparation is a process which you can finish within one hour at your own home.  When you prepare it at home the expenses are less than that you meet when you buy it at a food store.

Filtered water, organic teabags whether green tea or black tea, white granulated sugar and scoby mushroom are the ingredients that are needed for the preparation of the Kombucha.

A glass jar, food grade funnel, paper towels, bottles and stainless steel pots are the equipments that are to be used. Ensure that all the equipment is cleaned properly.  Water is to be boiled in a stainless steel pot for almost ten minutes.

The boiling water is to be poured into the brewing container and then tea bags can be added.  It can be allowed to boil for twenty minutes or even more.  After that the tea bags can be removed and sugar is to be added.

The mixture should be allowed to cool to a temperature of seventy degrees. Now it is time to add mushroom and starter liquid.  Paper towel is to be kept over the container and kept tightly by a rubber band.  It is to be fermented at room temperature for about eight to twelve days.  This is a process which is to done away from direct sunlight.

At first tea surface will have a glassy look, then it turns jellylike and finally it becomes thicker and opaque.  Now the brew is ready to be poured into bottles and sealed.  It is important to ensure that it is closed with airtight seal or else the tea may turn vinegary.

When this sealed bottles are kept at room temperature for two to three days it carbonates after which it can be kept in refrigerator. It is to be noted that the filled bottles may explode if they are kept at room temperature for more than a week.

Kombucha FDA?
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau classify beverages containing 0.5 percent alcohol as Alcohol beverages.  But Kombucha which cannot be said to as beer or wine or a distilled spirit cannot be classified as alcoholic beverage.

The synergy Kombucha alcohol content (as well as other kombucha companies) is slightly higher and that can occur after the product has been bottled.

Reports say that the synergy products are compliant at the time of shipping and alcohol levels are increased subsequently.

Some of the famous manufacturers have changed the formulas so as to reduce the alcohol content in the Kombucha beverage.  Gt Kombucha alcohol content is within the prescribed limits of 0.5%.

[UPDATE - now many companies like gt dave are making different versions so that people who are over 21 can still get the original kombucha alcohol recipe!).

Effects of Kombucha Alcohol?

ok so many people have told me the following...

The Kombucha tea alcohol content of one to three percent are important to the pregnant and lactating mothers and also drivers. This Kompucha alcohol content may not affect your driving capacity but may be detected on an alcohol test.

Kombucha alcohol content is less in the drinks when it is properly brewed and stored and the drunken effects if any experienced by you may be from detox and not the alcohol content.

But what do YOU think?

Does kombucha make you drunk?  If so do you think it is because of the alcohol or something else going on?  Leave your comment below.

Happy Brewin',

Dave

 

 

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