Thursday, September 1, 2011

Kombucha

I had my first taste of kombucha here. True to my intention, I soon returned to the co-op to get a kombucha starter kit! I began the process a couple days ago, and guess what? Now I have to wait. (Anyone else noticing a common theme here?) Kombucha has to brew 7-30 days, but it's going to be worth it! Let me back up a little bit and explain the tiny bit I know about this mystery drink to those who may not be familiar.

Kombucha is a living culture, a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. You can think of it as being similar to a sourdough starter. This culture is added to a tea/sugar mixture where it's allowed to ferment. The fermentation process creates vitamins and beneficial acids that aid in digestion and detoxification. The fermentation process also makes the drink fizzy, which is why it works as a replacement for people trying to kick their soda habit.

Well, there you have it. That's all I know about kombucha, but I want to know more! I haven't been able to find a website that looks very reputable, so if you know of a good resource, please share with me in a comment!

2 comments:

Becca said...

how did you know I have been thinking about kombucha?
this week is supposed to be my week to test it out!
how does it taste?

Lizzie said...

We're on the same brain wave! I haven't tried mine yet - it's still brewing (and I have to make sure home-brewed kombucha is safe for pregnancy!), but before I made my own I tried Kombucha Wonder Drink brand, green tea and lemon flavored, and I LOVED it! I don't know if you can find that brand in Savannah, but if so, I highly recommend it!