Have you ever thought about why kombucha usually contains a minimal amount of alcohol? The lively tea drink is in no way comparable to wine or beer. During fermentation, kombucha also produces a small percentage of alcohol as a result of the fermentation process. So that you can better understand this process, we have put together all the important questions about kombucha and alcohol content! How is alcohol made in kombucha Is there kombucha without alcohol? Can pregnant women drink kombucha? Can I make alcohol-free kombucha?en?
Kombucha - the tea drink briefly explained!
Kombucha is a fermented fermented drink that is made with the Support of a Kombucha culture. The so-called tea fungus (Kombucha fungus, Scoby) consists of various microorganisms, bacteria and yeast cultures. It turns tea and sugar into a healthy soft drink. During the fermentation process, bacterial cultures and yeasts metabolize sugared tea into valuable vitamins, organic acids and enzymes, among other things.
How is alcohol made in kombucha?
Anyone who has fermented kombucha themselves will quickly understand how alcohol can be produced in kombucha. To put it simply, the yeast ferments the sugar in the tea mixture during fermentation. This creates alcohol and natural carbonic acid. The bacteria feed on the alcohol produced and convert them into healthy nutrients. This also creates the typical sour taste of Kombucha.
You would like to ferment your own kombucha here you will find step by step instructions for beginners!
What is the alcohol content of Kombucha?
First of all, it's important to understand that the length and type of fermentation will also affect the alcohol content in the kombucha. It can contain up to 3% alcohol. Usually it is actually less. After 14 days of fermentation, the alcohol value is around 0.5 to 1 percent. Similar to an orange juice. Kombucha that has not been pasteurized and continues to ferment continuously, so the alcohol content can vary. According to German food law, a drink with a maximum of 0.5% alcohol can be described as "non-alcoholic".
Are pregnant women and children allowed to drink kombucha?
Due to the low but still present alcohol content, pregnant and breastfeeding women should play it safe and not drink kombucha. For the same reason, children should not drink kombucha too often every day (we recommend a maximum amount of approx. 125 ml per day).
This is how you can influence the alcohol content during fermentation at home!
The alcohol content in homemade kombucha can be influenced with these simple tricks.
1. Use less sugar
The amount of sugar added to your kombucha mixture changes the alcohol content. Less sugar means less nutrient that the yeast can convert into alcohol. However, sugar is an essential component for the balanced and delicious kombucha taste. If too little sugar is used, the kombucha can become very acidic and taste like vinegar.
2. The Scoby
The Kombucha mushroom can also have an influence on the development of alcohol. The amount of alcohol can vary depending on the nature of the tea fungus. In particular, the distribution and accumulation of bacteria and yeasts in the scoby influence the kombucha approach and ultimately your kombucha. In the best case scenario, there shouldn't be too much yeast on the Scoby. Because an imbalance with too few bacteria on the Scoby ultimately means fewer little helpers who can metabolize the alcohol.
3. Air quality and room temperature
Another aspect that can change the alcohol content of your kombucha is the environment in which you have placed your fermentation vessel. A place with a good air supply should always be chosen. The bacteria need enough oxygen to be able to process the alcohol. It is also important that your fermentation vessel has the largest possible opening and that the cover sheet is air-permeable.
What is "Hard Kombucha"?
"Hard kombucha" means a kombucha that contains a higher proportion of alcohol. In the USA and other parts of the world, the alcoholic drink with around 5% alcohol can already be found on many supermarket shelves. During fermentation, various yeasts, such as champagne yeast, are added to the kombucha mixture, creating a delicious alternative to beer and cider.
Why is Kombucha healthy??
Our bottlings have up to 50% less sugar than conventional soft drinks. Thanks to traditional fermentation without pasteurization with the miracle mushroom, every bottle contains living bacteria and yeast cultures. Various other ingredients are also produced during fermentation. Fermented foods like kombucha and water kefir have been shown to support gut health.
When should you drink kombucha??
First of all, it quenches thirst very well in every situation, especially after sport. In addition, the refreshing tea drink can aid digestion after a heavy and fatty meal. It offers a healthy coffee substitute that gently keeps you awake. It is also perfect as a healthy alcohol alternative to mixing with other juices or ingredients.
How much sugar is in kombucha?
That actually varies depending on the manufacturing method and the type of approach. Many Kombucha manufacturers use significantly more sugar than we do. They prefer the sweet, lemonade-like taste. We use as much sugar as necessary and as little as possible. Because in the end, too much sugar is not really healthy either. This is currently 3 g per 100 ml. The growth of the kombucha fungus does not suffer from this, because the fermentation time in the fermentation vessel is simply a little longer.
How many calories does kombucha have?
The calories vary depending on the ingredients and how the kombucha is made. In our filled bottles, the calorie values are comparatively low at 12 kcal per 100 ml in the drink. The more sugar the more calories at the end of the fermentation process. Subsequent juices with a higher sugar content can also increase the amount of calories.
What is a scoby?
The tea mushroom or mushroom, yeast mushroom is also called scoby. English for Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast. So actually not a fungus at all, but a culture made up of various bacteria and yeasts. These live in a community and together manage to produce organic acids and other important ingredients. The scoby is also known as the miracle mushroom or simply as a mushroom, kombucha mushroom. It is usually stored at room temperature in a fermentation vessel with batch liquid and activated as required to produce the Kombucha drink.
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