Kombucha FAQs

What is Kombucha?

Kombucha is a fermented probiotic drink that has been consumed for thousands of years. It originates from China, though it is oftentimes credited as being originally from Russia.

It is made from tea, sugar, a SCOBY and starter (finished kombucha) from a previous batch.

SCOBY is an acronym which stands for Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast. In short, it’s beneficial bacteria and yeasts that work synergistically together to produce a certain type of ferment.

Kombucha is brewed (or fermented) over a course of 7-31 days. The final product is naturally carbonated, making this a fizzy and tasty drink.

Should I shake it up? It looks like there is stuff at the bottom.

There are naturally occurring yeasts that settle on the bottom. If you shake the bottle, it will fizz up and spill out when opened, just like any carbonated drink. To stir up the contents, give it a gentle swirl.

What is that thing in my kombucha?

So…you’ve discovered a snotty, gelatinous, yeasty thing in your kombucha, eh? Quick discard it! If it touches you that’s it! You’re a gonner! Just kidding. What you’ve found is actually a little baby SCOBY or Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast. It is what is used to ferment the tea to make kombucha. Working together, the bacteria and yeast “eat” the caffeine, tannins, and sugar in the  liquid and transform them into the lovely effervescent and tangy goodness of kombucha.

Can I drink/eat that weird floating thing?

Are you out of your MIND?! Yes, actually you can. It’s totally fine. It’s basically just a super-concentrated solid form of kombucha. It’s the culture, man! It’s good for you. You don’t have to eat it if ya don’t want to, though. Only true warrior kombucha drinkers can handle it.

How much should I drink?

Everyone’s body is different, so kombucha has a unique effect on every individual. We recommend starting slow with 4 to 8 ounces twice a day until your body gets used to it.  A good rule of thumb for water consumption is to drink as much water as you do kombucha.

As you get used to it, drink what you are comfortable with. Listen to your body.

How much caffeine does it have?

Caffeine is essential for brewing kombucha, yet most of the caffeine is metabolized in the fermentation process. Caffeine levels differ depending on the type of tea used, but what remains is a fraction of what was started with. Eight (8) ounces of NessAlla Kombucha has the equivalent of about two sips of coffee.

What is the alcohol content?

Kombucha contains trace amounts of alcohol, between .03-.05%, which is less than fresh squeezed orange juice or a ripe banana. Put THAT in your smoothie and ponder…

Do you force carbonate your products?

We do not force carbonate any of our products. Sometimes our kombucha will have slight inconsistencies because it is a live, raw, fermented product. Which means, sometimes it will be very fizzy and sometimes it will be a little flat. If it is a little flat, you can leave it at room temperature for a day or so (in the winter) or just a few hours (in the warmer months) and some of its fizz will return.

How long does it last?

Kombucha does not go bad! Kombucha will last for months in your refrigerator, where it will continue to ferment at a very slow rate. The fizz will go away after a while, but the kombucha still keeps all of its health benefits. When the kombucha is no longer to your taste as a beverage, we suggest using it as a vinegar substitute. Make a salad dressing, use it as a hair rinse, soak your athletes feet in it, put it in a squirt gun and have a really mean squirt gun fight.

Does it have to be refrigerated?

Because kombucha is a fermented live beverage, if left unrefrigerated it will continue to ferment in the bottle. It doesn’t ever really go bad, it just continues to ferment. As it ages, it becomes more tart and vinegary. We like to keep it refrigerated in order to maintain the perfect flavor.

Is it gluten free?

Yes! There is absolutely no gluten in any of our products.

What health benefits does kombucha have?

Well I am so glad you asked!! Too bad we can’t legally tell you. The FDA has become very strict with allowing any product with health benefits to make any claims unless they want to be used as a supplement. Which, of course, requires very expensive and rigorous testing. We can’t even have any health claims by others on the site, even though we have some of the most wonderful emails and testimonials from people who have truly found benefits from drinking our booch. We were also recently informed that we can’t direct you to any other helpful blogs, studies, etc. on our website that might allude to the fact that kombucha or any ingredients used in it may be consumed to help your health. Isn’t that lovely? So all of our herbal knowledge can only be communicated in person. So come visit us!

STOP SHAKING THE KOMBUCHA!! Don’t shake the baby!  If you want to mix up the sediment, swirl it a little or tip 1-3 times. Be nice to the booch.