Does Kombucha Stain Teeth?

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!  :)

kombucha tooth stain

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 :)

Kombucha Mushroom Benefits & Where Can I Buy a SCOBY Mushroom?

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 :)

Health Benefits of Black Tea: Fermented, Unsweetened & Beyond!

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!

 

 

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 :)

Kombucha FAQ: Top 10 Questions About Kombucha Tea and Making Kombucha

kombucha faqKombucha Faq’s

Here are 10 questions that I get asked a lot.

I have broken them out into questions about drinking kombucha tea and kombucha questions in regards to making kombucha tea at home.

Please comment below to add your questions and off course post on our facebook page any other questions you have on how to how to make kombucha.

So let’s take it from the top…

Kombucha FAQ numero uno… 

Q. What is Kombucha?

A.  Kombucha is a fermented tea made with a kombucha starter culture (aka mushroom, mother, scoby, as well as other names etc.),  tea (or other nutrient source, but most commonly black and green tea), sugar and some kombucha tea from a previous batch (aka kombucha starter tea).

The mixture is allowed to ferment at room temperature for 5-30+ days.   Kombucha contains a number of vitamins (particularly b-vitamins) and may have a number of health benefits.

Q. What does kombucha taste like?

A.  The taste of kombucha varies greatly depending on fermentation time, temp, ingredients used, etc.  For example, fermentation time determines whether the kombucha tea has a very mild taste or a very strong vinegar taste (kombucha is made using a method very similar to the one used to make vinegar).

Most people like their kombucha on the tart and sour side with a little bite.. kind of like a hard fizzy apple cider.  However, like wine or non kombucha tea, everyone has their own individual taste preference.

If you have never tried kombucha we would recommend purchasing a bottle of kombucha from your local grocery or health food store to sample.  Kombucha is generally located in the health food section or in the cold case with the other bottled ready-to-go drinks.

Q.  Will drinking kombucha help me lose weight?

A.  There are many factors towards achieving and maintaining a healthy weight loss.  In my simple opinion just by replacing your soda, coffee, juice, dessert intake for a kombucha should help one lose weight based on calories alone.. not to mention the better digestive flora, alkalinity, and vitamin and minerals that your body will be consuming.

Q. Will drinking kombucha get me drunk?

A.  Most likely no.  Even the strongest commercially bottled kombucha alcohol content is still below 3% which is less than a beer.  BUT it is possible that if you intentionally prepared your kombucha at home using techniques and a recipe to increase alcohol you can make a kombucha beer and/or kombucha wine.

You MAY though feel drunk after drinking a kombucha based off of feelings of mood enhancement, many people mistake this for being drunk from the alcohol but it can be explained as a kind of drunk off of feeling good and not the alcohol content.

Q.  How much kombucha can I drink a day?

A.  This is a kombucha faq I get asked a lot.  It is better to start small and work your way up, just in case your body has some side effects due to detox  (ie pooping a lot).  But there has been no real research in terms of the exact amount and I am sure it varies based on individual.

I would recommend starting with 4 ounces 3 times a day and then move up to 8 ounce 2 times a day.  If you are not experiencing any kombucha side effects you can experiment with 16oz and higher per serving but listen to your body.

kombucha troubleshooting faqBrewing Kombucha FAQ

Q.  How can I flavor my kombucha?

A.  Once the fermentation period is done, remove the culture and bottle your kombucha tea, leaving some 1/5th of the bottle empty.  Fill the rest of the bottle up with juice or pices of ginger, raisins, etc.

Next, let your bottled kombucha sit for an additional few days with an air tight lid.  This process also allows carbonation to build making it really nice and fizzy… so be careful when removing the lid!

Q. What bottles do you recommend using for kombucha?

A.  There are many bottles to choose but we think the best bang for your buck is bottling kombucha using old wine bottles with corks.  pssst.. you first have to find someone to drink all the wine out of it first!

Also grolsh swivel top bottles are great too.  The idea behind both of them is that they are glass BUT with a safety top to prevent any exploding kombucha tea.

Q. Can I make sugar free kombucha?

A.  Nice Kombucha Faq! So you can reduce the sugar dramatically by letting your kombucha over ferment.  The longer you ferment your tea the less sugar it will have.  You can also start off with a little less… but only a little, as if the kombucha culture does not have sugar to begin with it can not convert it to all the healthy stuff that makes kombucha what it is!

So remember it is better to start with more sugar and reduce it by over fermenting… if you want 100% sugar free kombucha, you can try out Kombucha Extract which is made from pure organic kombucha tea.

Q. Why is the kombucha tea starter culture known by so many names (i.e. mushroom, mother, baby, scoby, etc.)?

A.  This is a great kombucha faq because I refer to it using so many different names on this site it can get pretty confusing.  Kombucha tea is a very old beverage and over time a number of names have been assigned to the culture, oh wait I mean mushroom.. no, I mean kombucha mother.. dang! there I go again.

The name kombucha mushroom likely refers to the appearance of the culture–flat round white-grayish disk-shaped–as a kombucha culture is not actually a mushroom.  The term mother is a more appropriate term as kombucha is fermented in a manner similar to making vinegar where the cultures are also known as mothers.

Q. What does the term SCOBY mean?

A.  The term SCOBY is an acronym for Symbiotic Colony (or Community) of Bacteria and Yeast.  This is usually the one I use in describing that glob of joy that is used to make kombucha tea… and speaking of making, it makes great dinner conversation!

Q. How do I store kombucha if I go away.

A.  I will answer this kombucha faq with a video… I will be doing a bunch more vids answering your kombucha questions, so feel free to ask away in the comment section below!

 

Hope this answered some of your Kombucha Faq Questions, sign up for our 7 day mini course and newsletter if you have not already and if you have pass this info along to some friends or secret lovers..

 

Happy Brewin’

Dave :)

Brewing Kombucha Tea Dangers

Kombucha Tea Danger

Dangers of Brewing KombuchaSo today we're going to discuss Kombucha Tea Side Effects and Kombucha tea dangers and how to avoid them and it's pretty simple guys, just use common sense! I know, I know, that sounds like a cop out… and some of you who have never made kombucha at home may be a wee bit nervous (I know I was the first time I began brewing).  So to help some newbies, or as a good reminder for long time kombucha brewers, here are some tips to avoid any kombucha tea side effects.

How To Avoid Kombucha Tea Side Effects

  • You want to have a clean sanitized environment. This is actually on your favor though because Kombucha, especially in the later days, when it begins to ferment, and also because we're incorporating some of our kombucha starter tea, which already has a very low PH, is already at a lower PH level then other foods. This means that it's very hard for pathogens to get in and it's an aerobic fermentation in addition to anaerobic. Things like beer, if you're brewing beer you need all these other precautions, with Homemade Kombucha you can simply sanitize using white distilled vinegar.
  • The next tip is a little counter-intuitive is, you don't really want to use soap, or if you use soap to clean your hands or to clean your brewing container, and utensils, you want to really, really make sure that it is completely washed off, because soap has things like chlorine and things like that, not only kill bad bacteria, it will also kill good bacteria, so in addition to killing bad stuff, it's also going to kill the probiotics in your Kombucha tea and all the beneficial bacteria.
  • What I recommend to sanitize to ensure you don't have any kombucha tea side effects and kombucha danger again is good ole fashioned, white distilled vinegar.
  • Put it on a paper towel, wipe everything down, no need to even rinse, because again, the white distilled vinegar will keep it on, or wash really, really good.

Here is another cool little kombucha tip to help with any kombucha dangers of not properly sanitizing your kombucha brewer. I love it b/c it is so convenient and you are ensuring some extra healthy organic acids (the ones that only form after several days of fermenting your kombucha) are part of your new brew!

  • What I also like to do, which is something really cool, if you have Kombucha tea that's already overly fermented, when you first start brewing every once in a while you might over ferment your batch, doesn't taste so good to drink, there's so many other uses for that, we go into other posts and articles, uses for Kombucha externally and other uses for Kombucha, but one thing you can do with overly fermented Kombucha tea is use it to sterilize your containers and utensils for brewing Kombucha tea.

Cool so I have one more bonus tip to avoid a Kombucha Danger that many people don't even think about when they think about the dangers of brewing kombucha tea. And that is exploding kombucha bottles!

So in terms of homemade kombucha tea dangers, this is the number one thing I would say where it comes from. What happens is that many kombucha brewers want so much fizz where the bottle explodes. Not to worry, there are several things we can do to ensure this does not happen (and if it does happen how to minimize the damage!).

  • An easy fix on this is use a, if you really want to use glass use a wine bottle with a cork in it, put a cork in it, so to speak.
  • Every couple of days, just open up your Kombucha, kind of burp it, so to speak, see if it's fizzing up.
  • When you want to stop the fizz, stop the carbonation, stop the yeast from continuing to produce CO2, refrigerate.
  • When you refrigerate it will pretty much stop the fermentation process, still might slowly ferment, but you should be good to go.

Kombucha Danger Bottling Tip For Beginners

What I recommend for first time brewers, is to use plastic bottles. An F.D.A. quality, either 1 or 2 rated, so it doesn't have so much of the bad stuff. My personal opinion is, I think it's okay for short term use, maybe not long term storage, and the bottles are nice because they will bulk up, meaning they will, when you see fizz, or carbonation in the bottles, they will actually expand, so you could squeeze it and know that you're brew is ready.

Hopefully that solves some of the questions talking about Kombucha side effects or Kombucha dangers. Remember, if you have not done so already, sign up for our free 7 Day Kombucha Mini Course.. each class, now comes with Free Kombucha Instructional Videos as Well! If you have already signed up, feel free to email this article to a friend who is brewing or spread the word via your social web 2.0 empire (ie facebook, twitter, etc)! Happy Brewin', Dave :)