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Fermenting Kombucha without Sugar - The Right Alternatives for Your Tea Mushroom!

Kombucha without white sugar or granulated sugar Is that possibles?

Most kombucha lovers swear by feeding their tea mushroom with ordinary table sugar, whole cane sugar or raw cane sugar. There are actually a wide variety of alternatives to these conventional types of sugar. The Scoby needs carbohydrates for metabolism.These carbohydrates are also found in e.g. agave syrup, honey or sugar beet syrup. However, he will almost certainly need more time to get used to the sugar alternative. It's also harder to figure out the exact recipe for the perfect taste.

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agave syrup

Agave nectar is a natural sweetener extracted from the agave plant. Agave syrup consists mainly of fructose. The kombucha can therefore become sour more quickly and the fermentation may have to be ended earlier. It can also create an interesting caramel flavor.

maple syrup

Maple syrup is the concentrated sap of the maple tree. The syrup contains more zinc and magnesium than regular sugar. The Scoby can also be accustomed to this sweetener. This takes a lot of patience and the kombucha will taste a little more unconventional.

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If kombucha is prepared with honey, it is called Jun Kombucha . It often takes a long time to acclimate the Scoby to honey. Instead of a cup of conventional sugar, you only need ⅞ the amount of honey for the same sweetening power.


Molasses is a by-product of conventional sugar and is high in iron, calcium and magnesium. It may take the Scoby a little longer to break down the individual components of the molasses before the sucrose can be metabolized. Fermentation can last from 7 to 14 days.
The kombucha becomes sour faster and tastes a little more bitter and stronger.
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coconut blossom sugar

Coconut blossom sugar also has a lower glycemic index and can be used to make kombucha. It should also be noted that kombucha with coconut blossom sugar becomes sour more quickly and requires a shorter fermentation time.

Danke für's Lesen!

Thank you for reading! You can find more of my articles from A, like Non-Alcoholic Kombucha Cocktails, to Z, like Lemon- Ginger Kombucha, on our KOMBUCHERY Blog. Let's learn more about kombucha together!
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Hinweis: Dieser Artikel ist ausschließlich für Informationszwecke bestimmt und nicht als professionelle Analyse, Beratung oder medizinische Auskunft zu verstehen, sondern enthält die persönliche Meinung des Autors, basierend auf recherchierter Fachliteratur und eigener Erfahrung zum Thema.


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