1. What is Kombucha? Kombucha is fermented tea, thought to have originated in Asia thousands of years ago. It's uses spread to Russia and Germany, then South America, and more recently, North America.
2. What do you ferment it with it? Kombucha is fermented with a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast). This has also been referred to as a "Mushroom" or "Mother".
3. Is there sugar? Yes. You need the sugar for the fermentation. Let's be clear, though, the sugar is not for you, it is to feed the mother. It is also what keeps our enzymes alive after bottling. Our product is crystal clear when we bottle it. The second(anaerobic) fermentation occurs in the bottle. Our enzymes continue to feed off remaining sugars or caffeine from the original fermentation.
4. What is that gel-like glob floating in the bottle? Has it gone bad? No, it has not gone bad. It shows our enzymes are viable, and it will have more fizz. The enzymes are active and thriving, so they will form a glob that can be referred to as the"daughter". They have continued to consume the sugar that remains from the original fermentation. It is rumoured that in Europe they fight over who gets to consume that gel. They consider that gel the "bang for your buck". Some people prefer to strain the gel with a tea strainer while others will put it in their smoothies or just gulp it straight down. It is loaded with the "good stuff".
5. Kombucha is fermented, so does it contain alcohol? Fermented products produce at race amount of alcohol that acts as a natural preservative. Less than 1% alcohol is considered non-alcoholic. Kombucha generally contains 0.5 - 1% alcohol.
6. How long will it last unopened? In ancient times, people fermented products to preserve them. They had not invented electricity or refrigeration. Our Kombucha has been independently lab tested at room temperature for shelf life stability at six months, and has been found to be safe for consumption at that point. We are presently testing for a shelf life stability of 1 year. Those results are not available yet. The trace amount of alcohol acts as a natural preservative.
7. How fast do I have to drink it once the bottle is opened? The trace amount of alcohol acts as the natural preservative. It won't "go bad", but obviously, anything tastes the best when it is first opened.
8. Does it have to be refrigerated? Our Kombucha is a raw, unpasteurized product with no added chemicals. Health Canada advises refrigerating raw products. If left at room temperature, the enzymes will be more active, consume more sugar, the "daughter" will be larger and the effervescence will be increased naturally. Too much effervescence might cause the bottle to leak if placed lying down, or even to explode if temperatures are too warm for a lengthy period. Warmth speeds up the fermentation, while placing it in the fridge will slow down the movement of the enzymes. Because Kombucha is a raw product, it should be refrigerated after opening. It tastes best cold anyway.
9. How much should I drink? That's a good question. To be honest, I don't know what shape your gut is in. Our Kombucha contains live probiotics (lactobacillus). If your gut is not healthy, you should start with 3-4 ounces (a small wine glass full) to see if you can handle that much. If you can, increase consumption to get things moving along at a better pace. If your gut is relatively healthy, most people can enjoy larger amounts daily. Kombucha binds to the toxins to eliminate them before they get absorbed in your gut. Find what works best for your body. Everyone is different.
10. When should I drink Kombucha? Anytime is Kombucha time! Some like to start their day with Kombucha to introduce probiotics early in the day. Many enjoy it when they come home from work to help them unwind before preparing dinner. Some enjoy it as their lunch. Kombucha is food, so you will feel less hungry after consuming it. Others enjoy it before, after, or during their meal. You might want to indulge in it when you feel like you need more energy or clarity of mind. Listen to your body and find the time that works best for you and your system.
11. How long before I notice a difference? That's a good question. Many variables come into play; the shape your gut is in and how much you consume daily. Some have felt different after one bottle while others take longer to achieve results.