Kombucha in Stores is Not What it Used to Be
If you hadn’t heard of Kombucha before, the company GT may have peeked your interest. GT was making quite a name for themselves with their bottled Kombucha (found in most grocery stores) but GT sales were halted in their tracks because of supposed customer complaints about alcohol levels (Kombucha does contain minor traces of alcohol).
Since alcohol levels are difficult to measure from one batch of Kombucha to another, and some levels may be considered too high for sale, GT was banned from distributing their product. The resolution? GT was forced to water down their Kombucha in order to continue selling it in grocery stores and organic stores.
If you are an avid Kombucha drinker, you probably already noticed the front-page news covering GT’s misfortune, or maybe you’ve already tasted a difference in their bottled drinks. Clearly, watered down Kombucha does not contain the ‘punch’ of straight Kombucha, and probably doesn’t provide the health benefits either.
Fortunately, Kombucha is relatively easy to make at home (and far more affordable!) Supplies consist of a starter culture (or mother), green or black tea bags, PH test strips, sugar and bottles/caps (which you will reuse forever). Once you have a mother, it will multiply and can be pulled apart and added to new batches or tossed. You will spend very little and have all the Kombucha you could possibly desire.
For more information about making Kombucha, see: Making Your Own Kombucha.