What is kombucha?
Kombucha is a naturally carbonated, fermented tea that originated in Eurasia over two thousand years ago. It is high in probiotics, which are considered healthful to the digestive system. It also contains active enzymes, amino acids, and B vitamins.
How is kombucha made?
Kombucha is made by fermenting tea and sugar using a mother culture, also known as a Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast (aka SCOBY). Sometimes called a mother culture or mushroom, a SCOBY is not technically a fungus, but rather is composed of bacteria (probiotics) and yeast that work together to ferment tea and create kombucha.
Is there caffeine in kombucha?
During the fermentation process the culture assimilates some of the caffeine, leaving a small amount in kombucha. Most caffeine-sensitive people are not able to detect any effects. Two of our seasonal flavors, the KombuChai and the Cold Brewcha, do have slightly more caffeine due to the tea and coffee infusions added in the flavoring process.
Is kombucha alcoholic?
Blue Ridge Bucha is not an alcoholic beverage. Alcohol beverages are defined as containing .5% alcohol or more. Our kombucha is tested regularly at a TTB-certified facility, and consistently contains less than .01% alcohol. Our proprietary process guarantees that our alcohol stays low without cutting any corners that would compromise quality, potency, or taste.
What are probiotics?
The literal meaning of the term probiotic is “for life”. Probiotics are live organisms that are believed to improve your health by maintaining a strong immune system and improving digestion and intestinal function. Probiotics are naturally part of the digestive flora that line our intestines, and they help assimilate the food we eat. Lifestyle factors such as diet, stress, and certain medications such as antibiotics can deplete these naturally occurring organisms.
What is the shelf life of your kombucha?
Our kombucha has been shelf life tested to six months. It is a raw, unpasteurized beverage that must be kept refrigerated. It can “go bad” if left too long in a warm environment. Note that like any carbonated liquid, each time the bottle is opened you will lose effervescence. The taste may also be affected.
I just bought a bottle and the kombucha looks thicker than usual. Is something wrong?
At the very beginning or very end of some of our keg flavors, the flavor infusion may be thicker. This is most noticeable in the Ginger or Black Raspberry flavors. Many people like the higher concentration of flavor, but if you are not one of them please let the place where you purchased it know.
How many calories and how much sugar is in your kombucha?
Kombucha is brewed using sugar, and the resulting beverage will always have some sugar in it, but our kombucha is remarkably low in both calories and sugar. Our classic (unflavored) kombucha contains just 10 calories and 3 grams of sugar per 12 ounce bottle. By comparison, the same amount of orange juice contains 28 grams of sugar and 150 calories; the same amount of soda contains 40 grams of sugar and 140 calories. More specific information for each flavor can be found on our flavors page.