How long do kombucha’s probiotics survive in the fridge? Possibly not very long.
If you’re drinking kombucha mostly as a health tonic you’re most likely drinking it to take advantage of one or other of its two main health benefits. You’re either drinking it because you are wanting to increase the amount and variety of antioxidants in your diet, or you’re wanting a natural and delicious source of probiotics.
Now, naturally you’re wanting to maximise the health benefits of kombucha, while still keeping it tasting great.
The question we’re addressing today is what happens to the probiotics – and especially the Lactic Acid Bacteria – once the kombucha is put into the fridge? Is it still ok? Or is it better to drink it straight after its fermented – without refrigerating? And what might that mean for storing yourscoby?
Get the low-down on how you can use alternative sugars to brew your kombucha.
That’s a question I hear A LOT in kombucha discussions. And until now my answer has been, “Yes. If you possibly can.”
The reason I said that was because kombucha scobys have been raised and cultured on plain white sugar for generations now, and if you want the best kombucha from your scoby, you need to stick to the basics and give it white sugar.
As my Dad always used to say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
At least… that’s what I thought!
Except that today’s studies tell a different story.
The following article is adapted from the ‘Health Claims’ chapter in my book Simply Kombucha.
Kombucha has a long history of being promoted as a health drink. Almost every blog or article I read about kombucha has a list of medical complaints or illnesses that it is supposed to heal or at least help with.
All the early kombucha books from the 1990s are full of hints and tips about using kombucha to heal wounds, beat arthritis, or combat hair-loss. Even AIDS was claimed to respond to this amazing “miracle mushroom”.
On closer reading I found that the authors of those books also tended to speculate about cosmic rays and crop circles, making me a touch skeptical about their medical opinions, no matter how expert they were in the art of brewing kombucha. So I looked online to see what the current state of opinion was about kombucha’s healing powers.
How to Hack Your Brew – adjusting sugar, fructose, alcohol, and acidity by changing the brew time.
Have you ever wondered what goes on inside your batch of kombucha when you leave it too long? What about when you’re deliberately making kombucha vinegar? What are the changes that happen?
Or maybe you’re trying to hack your kombucha brew to get a particular effect. If you want to minimize the sugar, how long should you leave it? What happens to the sugar? How much alcohol gets produced and when? How acidic does it get and when? How much fructose gets produced?
Well, you are not alone in asking those questions!
Can you use kombucha to ferment dairy milk? Yes! Here’s how to make yoghurt (yogurt) at home using a kombucha scoby.
If you’ve spent any time at all on a general fermented foods forum, you will know the huge variety of cultures that are out there.
If you’re looking for fermented vegetable recipes, you’ll be hearing about saurkraut, kimchi, cortido, kvass, dill pickles. If you want something fizzy to drink, there’s kombucha, jun, and water kefir.
If you want a dairy ferment, there’s milk kefir, lassi, ordinary yoghurt and Caspian Sea yoghurt (sometimes known as Caucasian yoghurt). There’s the coconut milk versions of each of them, too. And that’s not even touching on the cheese options available.
Drinking kombucha could improve your heart risk factors, and increase the odds of full recovery from a heart attack
Did you know that drinking kombucha could help protect against heart attack?
Well, now you do. 🙂
Today’s research article demonstrates that, in rats at least, a daily dose of kombucha leads to higher HDL cholesterol (the good kind), lower triglycerides, and a better outcome if a heart attack does happen.
When we’re making kombucha, we want it to be as healthy and as health-giving as we can. Because even though it tastes great, most of us are doing this because we want to see improvements in our health. Otherwise, why bother, right?
So, let’s dive into the exciting world of lactic-acid bacteria, and how they benefit your kombucha brew.
Research into Chinese herbal kombucha tea. Does it help protect against foot-and-mouth-disease?
Today’s research paper is Anti-foot-and-mouth disease virus effects of Chinese herbal kombucha in vivo by Naifang Fu and colleagues, and was published in 2015 in the Brazilian Journal of Microbiology.
In brief, the researchers wanted to see if treating swine and cows with Chinese herbal kombucha would have any protective effect against infection with foot-and-mouth-disease virus. They had good reason for hoping it might be the case, and their research is highly promising.
Originally this blog post was going to be the exciting follow up to this one. You know, where I get into the nitty gritty about why I thought you’d love to hear about how fermenting herbal teas with a scoby make them even better?