The Answers You Need
How is kombucha made?
Kombucha is made by steeping tea in filtered water for around 10 minutes. Sugar is then added to the tea. Once the sweet tea is cooled, it is added to a brewing vessel along with a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria & Yeast) and some starter kombucha. This ferments for 15 to 30 days. As it ferments the bacteria and yeast consume the sugar and tea, creating kombucha! You now have original brew kombucha! This kombucha can be consumed now but can also be flavoured by doing another ferment with fruits or juices for around 2 to 4 days.
Is kombucha healthy?
Kombucha is known to be healthy for various reasons. The most recognized benefits come from the healthy probiotics that are in kombucha. Probiotics provide your gut with healthy bacteria. These bacteria are essential for proper gut function. Kombucha is also filled with other essential nutrients and antioxidants. All of these are part of a healthy lifestyle that can promote healthy immune function.
I am new to Kombucha! How much kombucha should I drink?
Everyone is different! If you are new to kombucha, start off with half a bottle, and gradually increase. Everyone's guts are different. Depending on the state of your gut biome, kombucha could be a big dose of healthy probiotics that you aren't used to. Our bodies usually know what they want. Listen to your body and it will tell you. We're sure you'll feel lighter and cleaner in no time at all!
How do I drink a bottle of kombucha?
Nothing new to teach you here. We do recommend flipping the bottle upside down and swirling it around a bit. This ensures the flavour and healthy cultures are evenly distributed. DO NOT SHAKE!
Does Kombucha have to be refrigerated?
Yes, it needs to be refrigerated. Here at Luc's Brewery, we create nothing but raw, unpasteurized kombucha. This means our kombucha is full of LIVING healthy probiotics. To make sure the healthy cultures do not continue to produce and pressurize the bottle, we need to keep them cold in the fridge!
Is there a lot of sugar in kombucha?
No! There isn't. When sweet tea is fermented with the presence of a SCOBY, all most all of the sugar is "eaten". As the SCOBY eats the sugar and tea it creates kombucha!
What does it taste like?
Kombucha can be described as tangy, bubbly, and sweet.
What are the floaties in my drink?
These strings and floaties are healthy probiotic cultures. They are not present when we initially bottle, but they form as a sign of a healthy brew.
Why is there a vinegar smell?
The process that turns sweet tea into kombucha is the same process that turns sweet tea into vinegar. The process can be mapped as Sweet Tea -> Kombucha -> Vinegar. We find the balance between sweet tea and vinegar to serve you a perfectly sweet and tangy kombucha!