What is Kombucha Tea?
Kombucha Tea is a fermented beverage of good bacteria and yeast, made with tea and sugar. It’s been used for thousands of years to strengthen immune system, maintain a balanced healthy gut health and more. While it isn’t a cure-all, it is a fantastic building block for any holistic healthy lifestyle. And it’s something you can brew yourself at home - original, raw kombucha tea.
What is Kombucha Scoby?
Kombucha scoby, as we fondly call the "mother", because it's what transforms the sweet tea into a highly probiotic drink - kombucha tea. It all starts with the Scoby aka mother. SCOBY actually stands for Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast.
What does a kombucha scoby looks like?
A scoby is a slippery jelly like mass, from pale cream colour to lightly browned. Since they are made up of alive bacteria and yeast, the appearance can differ. Some are lumpy or have holes, some smooth, and comes in all shapes and sizes. All these scobys will make you delicious healthy kombucha tea. When brewing, a healthy scoby may sink, float, or hover sideways, either way fermentation will go on.
How to brew your own kombucha tea?
See: How to make kombucha tea guide.
MILK KEFIR FAQ
What is Milk Kefir?
MIlk kefir is a tangy, yogurt-like beverage packed full of good nutients and probiotics, made with dairy milk. The word kefir translates to "good feeling", most likely because of how sipping milk kefir made the people of Turks feel. The taste of milk kefir varies depending on the milk choice and fermenting time. The benefit of home made milk kefir is you have complete control.
What are Milk Kefir Grains?
Milk kefir grains consist of bacteria/yeast mixture and look like small pieces of cauliflower. The grains ferment the milk, incorporating their friendly bacterias to create milk kefir in as little as 1 day. If cared for properly, milk kefir grains have an unlimited life span and can be used repeatedly to make kefir.
Yogurt VS Milk kefir. What's the difference?
Yogurt and milk kefir are both dairy cultured products, containing beneficial microbes that benefit your digestive health. Milk kefir has a far larger range of good bacteria,and is fermented for a longer period of time resulting in more probiotics. Yogurt can have anywhere between 1 to 5 strains of good bacteria, and milk kefir with 10 to 34 types of probiotics. Both milk kefir and yogurt has a sour taste but most people are generally more familiar with the taste of yogurt. If your main goal is adding a therapeutic, probiotic-rich fermented food to your diet, kefir is the better choice.
How to make your own milk kefir?
See: How to make milk kefir guide.
WATER KEFIR FAQ
What is Water Kefir?
Water Kefir is a fermented, lightly sweet beverage, made with sugar, water and kefir grains. Water kefir is loaded with valuable enzymes, easily digestible sugars, beneficial acids, vitamins and minerals, a treat for the GUT. It has a wonderful midly zesty flavor.
What are Water Kefir Grains?
Water kefir grain (also know as Tibicos) looks like salt crystals, it may be large or small. Water kefir grains are a composite of bacteria and yeast existing in a symbiotic relationship.
What are the difference between milk kefir and water kefir?
As the name suggest, milk kefir is made from milk and water kefir from water + sugar. The process of making milk kefir and water kefir is very similar, however each contains it's own set of unique bacteria and yeast. Water kefir contains fewer strains of bacteria and yeast compared to milk kefir, but it is a good alternative if one is allergic to dairy or vegan. It also is a nice option if you are trying to avoid the caffeine present in kombucha, but still seeking a probiotic drink.
How to make your own water kefir?
See: How to make water kefir guide.