Kombucha may be an ancient beverage, but many people are just discovering it today. We receive many questions about kombucha and have created a collection of the most popular ones here. If your question isn’t below, please feel free to contact us.
What is kombucha?
Kombucha is made using a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria & Yeast) which is a combination of good bacteria and beneficial yeast. The SCOBY is then added to a mixture of organic sugar and tea. The culture consumes the sugar from the tea during the fermentation which produces beneficial acids, enzymes, and antioxidants. We then flavor our ‘buch to the deliciously weird taste that we know you love.
Why Bearded Buch?
Our mission is to supply great tasting Kombucha made with the highest quality ingredients. Our Kombucha is always raw, organic, and fresh. While striking a balance between flavor and benefits, this drink is slightly sour, slightly sweet, and refreshingly carbonated. It’s a product we’re proud of, but constantly improving. Cleveland doesn’t settle and neither do we.
Does your kombucha contain caffeine?
Most of the caffeine in the tea is metabolized by the live cultures during fermentation. About 8-14mg of the caffeine remains per serving. Compare this to 5mg for decaf, 60-80mg for unfermented tea, or 133mg for drip coffee.
Is it safe to consume kombucha when pregnant? Or for Kids?
Yes and yes! Our kombucha is below .5% in alcohol when properly refrigerated and thus is considered non-alcoholic by the FDA. The trace amount would not do any harm when pregnant. Kombucha is detoxifying, so some doctors recommend limiting consumption to small amounts while pregnant.
Children love our kombucha, and as a bonus, it is a great tasting alternative to sodas or juices with just a fraction of the calories! We recommend that children under 2 years be given only small amounts. As always, consulting your doctor is the best policy if you have questions about whether or not kombucha is a good choice for you.
How long will it keep in the fridge after I open it?
Our kombucha generally has a 6 month refrigerated shelf life. However, it doesn’t go bad because of the live culture that prevents anything harmful from growing. After 6 months, the kombucha will turn to a vinegar and be a little too acidic to drink. It tastes just as great but with a little more punch so be aware.