Do you like kombucha? If you’re a fan of the fermented drink, you have to give hard kombucha a try. If you’re new to kombucha, it’s a fermented sweetened tea that uses SCOBY (symbolic culture of bacteria and yeast). SCOBY starts as a residue on the surface of the tea and then it grows to fill the diameter of the jar while getting thicker. Did you know that kombuchas are vegan and gluten-free?
What is Hard Kombucha?
Hard kombucha is brewed like kombucha, but for a longer period of time. Kombucha’s made by brewing tea with active cultures, sugar, and yeast for the fermentation process. The most common teas to use are black or green tea, but it can also be made with yerba mate. Fruits and herbs like ginger, blueberry, and hibiscus are added to give flavor. In regards to the taste, it’s similar to hard cider, but with more of a herbal, floral, and fruity addition.
How Much Alcohol is in Hard Kombucha?
Regular kombucha has a small bit of alcohol in it, but not enough to be classified as as alcohol or to feel its effects. Hard kombuchas are brewed to around 6% alcohol by volume and the average beer has around 4.5% alcohol by volume.
Kombucha’s popularity is partly due to its gut-healthy probiotics and immune-boosting benefits. But, during the fermentation process, for hard kombuchas, the probiotics are lost. The ingredients added to kombucha have health benefits, so read the label to see what’s in the drink.