What is kombucha ?
Kombucha is a fermented tea that is often imbibed for medicinal purposes. Kombucha is available commercially and can be made at home by fermenting tea using a visible, solid mass of yeast and bacteria called a kombucha culture known as a "SCOBY."
How long will the bulk kombucha last in my fridge?
Kombucha has a fairly undefined shelve life, we say about 6 months. Townshend’s
kombucha does not contain perishable ingredients such as dairy or fruit. Kombucha
also has a high acidity, protecting it against pathogens and spoilage. However, the
living yeast and bacteria cultures, which are naturally present in kombucha, create
carbon dioxide and an assortment of healthy acids. Refrigeration puts these organisms
into a near dormant state, maintaining a tasty balance of bubbles and bite.
Has this kombucha been pasteurized (is it raw)?
Townshend’s Brew Dr. Kombucha is 100% raw. We wouldn’t dream of pasteurizing all
of those wonderful probiotics and digestive enzymes. Although tea leaves are heated to
stop the oxidation process, the living cultures introduced to kombucha digest the heated
tea and the finished product is considered raw once again.
What does Brew Dr. mean when it claims it is “Craft Brewed”?
Our flavors are completely the product of what we do on the front-end of the brewing
process. We have fine-tuned our recipes of high-quality organic teas, herbs, and dried
fruits that are steeped together to make our flavor profiles. No altering is done after
the fermentation is complete, making our kombucha truly 100% raw. It would
be easier to make a large batch of ‘plain’ kombucha with a cheap tea and then flavor it
after with juices or other flavoring agents, but we’re tea people and we believe in the art
behind the flavor.
Should caution be taken by women who are pregnant or nursing?
Is it safe for kids?
Unfortunately, no solid answer has been decided on this topic. There is a lot of opinionbased
information surrounding kombucha, and it is sometimes hard to find a credible
source. For this reason, it is best to consult a holistic-oriented health practitioner.
Here are the main points on kombucha and pregnancy:
1. Kombucha contains trace amounts of alcohol. Most of the alcohol in kombucha is
metabolized into acids, but some remnants are left in the finished product.
2. The caffeine from the original tea steeping is not lost in the culturing process.
Although the amount of caffeine in kombucha is fairly small, it is worth mentioning.*
3. Intense detoxification is not recommended for pregnant women. As kombucha aids
in many of the bodies detox functions, it is also a point worth considering.
(*Note: The “energy” experienced after drinking kombucha is credited more to high content of B vitamins than to caffeine.
B vitamins can be beneficial to pregnant women.)
Is kombucha a “Cure-all”?
Kombucha can safely be called a healthful tonic. It contains beneficial acids that can
aid in digestion and detoxification as well as warding of pathogens. It fits into the
category of a fermented raw food. However, the fantastic claims that make kombucha
out to be a panacea or “cure-all” are certainly overblown and at times dangerous. People
with severely compromised immune systems, as in the case of HIV, should avoid the
introduction of any foreign bacteria (even of the non-pathogenic friendly variety).
Kombucha is wonderful, healthy tea that has stood the test of time. It is important,
however, to be aware of the misinformation that exists and to pursue reliable sources
when dealing with a serious illness.
Is Townshend’s Brew Dr. Kombucha organic?
7 of our 8 flavors are USDA Certified Organic. The only exception is Spiced Apple Kava, which contains all organic ingredients aside from the kava. We've been unable to locate a source that can be certified yet.
If I am always opening and closing my kombucha jug, will it lose
A growler of kombucha should maintain its fizz during the time it takes to get
through a bottle, but if you should desire a stronger or more effervescent drink,
just leave your sealed bottle at room temperature over night. Carbon dioxide
occurs naturally in kombucha and there are still billions of organisms living in
every bottle. In a refrigerated environment these organisms slow to an almost
dormant state, but in a warmer setting they will spring into life and start