Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Kombucha ?
A: Kombucha is a fermented tea made with generally black tea, sugar, water and a SCOBY (a Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast) that starts the fermentation process by metabolising the sugar and caffeine to create a slightly effervescent drink with probiotic properties that help to balance the good, the bad and the ugly bacteria in our stomach (gut).
Q: Is Kombucha good for me ?
A: Kombucha tastes amazing and it might also be good for you - Yahoo !! Having been around for like, for-e-ver, Kombucha has been said to improve digestion, candida and mood stability among other things. While not substantiated by any scientific research, many people report improved digestive health and regard kombucha as a health beverage.
Q: Is there alcohol in Kombucha ?
A: There's about as much alcohol as yogurt, sauerkraut or sourdough bread, so not much at all; sorry to disappoint
Q: Do you sell the ”scoby” ?
A: RDK-tea contains live culture and can be used as a starter to make your own Kombucha. Use a bottle of our RDK-tea as a starter in your first brew and watch as your very own SCOBY grows!
Q: How much Kombucha should I drink?
A: To get the probiotic benefits of RDK-tea 1/2 bottle a day is sufficient. If you have taken an antibiotic recently and wish to re-populate your digestive system with healthy bacteria we recommend drinking the whole bottle each day.
Q: Can I drink Kombucha while pregnant?
A: Some doctors recommend that you do not consume living, raw/unpasteurised foods during pregnancy, including certain cheeses, yoghurt, sushi, rare meat. Please consult your health care professional. We suggest not drinking Red Dog while pregnant or nursing.
Q: How much sugar is in your Kombucha?
A: The sugar used to make K-tea is digested and converted into beneficial enzymes and nutrients by the Kombucha culture. As it ferments, the caffeine level decreases. Kombucha can be made with decaffinated teas for people monitoring caffeine consumption. You can also steep regular tea for 5 minutes, discard the water, and use the second steeping for a de-caffinated tea, because caffeine is water soluble and most of it will be leached out in the first steeping.
Q: Why is the kombucha flat and taste different from the last one I bought?
A: Each of our RDK-teas are craft-brewed and therefore have differing fizz levels. If you want more bubbles, leave your Kombucha on the window sill for a day in the warm air and then put back into the fridge.
Q. How will Kombucha Improve My Health?
A. Because of the living enzymes and nutrients present in Kombucha, but unsubstantiated by any clinical/scientific studies, people have anecdotally reported the following health benefits from regularly drinking this beverage: lowered blood pressure, improved sleep, increased energy, relief from menstrual discomfort, better digestion, stabilised blood sugar levels, fewer colds, help with arthritic pain, improved memory, and other health benefits.
Q. How Much Kombucha Should I Drink?
A. The usual daily amount for healthy individuals is 200-330 ml, but many people drink up to three times that amount daily. Its best to start with a small amount for the first few days to see how you react to its detoxifying effects. If you have a weakened immune system or other pre-existing medical problem you should consult your physician before starting a Kombucha regime and gradually introduce small amounts of Kombucha.
Q. What About Diabetic People?
A. Diabetic individuals will often brew Kombucha with lower sugar content. Most of the sugar in a K-tea formula is converted into other components during the fermentation process but some still remains as residual sugar in the finished tea. The diabetic needs to keep this in mind when preparing his/her diet and monitor blood sugar levels. Sweetening the tea with agave nectar may be a better choice than using regular sugar.
Q. What's the Shelf Life of Kombucha?
A. After the initial fermentation period of 7-14 days (depending on weather and temperature), Kombucha will continue to ferment at temperatures between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius . It will eventually turn too sour to drink. To stop fermentation, the tea must be refrigerated. In the refrigerator at 5° Celsius it will keep for 2-3 months but will gradually lose its fizz. At 2-4° C: 6-7 months !
Q. How Long Before I See Results From Drinking Kombucha?
A. Some people report immediate health benefits, such as relief from acid reflux, stress, or allergies. For most people, it can take up to three months to see changes in well-being. The effects Kombucha has on the body are largely due to detoxifying and changing the body's pH. Since these changes are gradual you will notice gradual health improvements.
Q. Is It Safe For Recovering Alcoholics To Drink Kombucha?
A. RDK does contain between .5% and 1% alcohol. For this reason, people find it mildly relaxing. Many people report reduced cravings for alcohol when regularly consuming Kombucha. Some alcoholics in recovery have found it helpful to drink Hooch 'n Booch during their recovery period. But Kombucha DOES contain a small amount of alcohol which can increase above 1.15% as it ages beyond 10 days at ambient temperature and any recovering alcoholic knows that even a small quantity of alcohol can have a negative effect.
Q. What Does It Taste Like?
A. Kombucha tastes DELICIOUS! It's usually compared to cider or light wine. It has a refreshing sweet and sour flavour. A new batch will be slightly bubbly, and the effervescence (fizz) can increase when it is bottled and sealed with a raisin or other piece of fruit, and refrigerated. You can add different ingredients like herbal teas, ginger, or juices to the finished brew for specific medicinal qualities, or to add new flavours. Heating the drink will destroy beneficial enzymes but retain all the acids.
Q. What's the Deal with Fermented Foods?
A. Fermented foods introduce helpful bacteria into the digestive system. Like other fermented foods, such as yogurt, miso, tempeh, kefir, and some cheeses, Kombucha delivers PROBIOTICS - living organisms that are known to help with digestion, build a stronger immune system and improve general health. They are used to treat and prevent vaginal yeast infections and urinary tract infections, reduce bladder cancer recurrence, and prevent and treat eczema in children.
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NOTE: Kombucha is a functional food product not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease.