|My herbal tea collection because I forgot to take a photo of the kombucha|
The caffeine question was answered later that night as I lay awake around midnight contemplating the darkness. Yep, definitely a bit of caffeine remains! Apparently it is around 30% of the original caffeine content. If you don’t tolerate caffeine, then you can make your own kombucha with decaffeinated tea, or you can use a herbal tisane or roibus for most of your batches and do the occasional batch with black tea (apparently the SCOBY needs black tea occasionally, but I’m not clear why exactly). It just seems wrong and unnatural to use a decaffeinated tea, so I would rather go without and enjoy other fermented drinks instead.
Personally, I found it interesting to taste kombucha and do some research, but I think I have enough starters to look after at the moment (the kefir and Herman the cake starter), and I make non-caffeinated fermented drinks using whey, so I’m not going to launch into kombucha at the moment. Seeing as I did some reading, I thought I’d share it with you though, and if you are ok with caffeine and want to add some probiotics to your daily diet, maybe you could try kombucha. Just like other fermented foods (like yoghurt, kefir, sauerkraut for example) kombucha is said to balance the microbes in the gut and assist the immune system with fighting disease. As Pheonixhelix says “These living foods change from batch to batch, and since they can’t be patented or highly controlled, there’s no real incentive for the science community to spend resources in research”. That’s the problem for all fermented foods and the reason why the argument “there’s no proof that its good for you” really isn’t fair, the proof is all the people who use kombucha (and other fermented foods) daily and see either improved health or at least no adverse effects.
|And here's my kefir (and some pickles)|
What do you think? Have you tried kombucha? Do you make it? Would you like to? I would love to know if anyone has tried brewing kombucha with anything other than black tea.
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