So 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.
- 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