Alcohol in Kombucha: What You Need to Know
Is There Alcohol in Kombucha?
One of the more common questions we get at Brew Dr. Kombucha is if kombucha contains alcohol and if so, how much? We want to walk you through the answer so you can better understand our process and make an informed decision on whether kombucha is right for you.
How Much Alcohol Is in Kombucha?
The short answer is yes, kombucha does contain some alcohol. However, it isn’t technically considered an alcoholic beverage. Wait, what?
Let’s back up a little: Kombucha is a fermented drink, and alcohol is a byproduct of fermentation. Alcohol naturally occurs during the brewing process and can’t be avoided. All fermented foods, such as vinegar, sauerkraut, kefir, and soy sauce contain some alcohol. The amount of alcohol produced during the kombucha brewing process varies greatly and depends on several factors.
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First, the length of the brew will inform the alcohol content. The longer kombucha ferments, the longer it has to produce alcohol. The type of yeasts in kombucha also impact the level of alcohol. Yeast that can ferment at lower temperatures will produce a lower-alcohol brew. Last, there are various methods for removing alcohol from brewed kombucha to ensure the final product is legally non-alcoholic and safe for all ages to enjoy.
How Does Brew Dr. Lower the Kombucha Alcohol Content?
Commercially produced kombucha must contain less than 0.5% alcohol in order to be sold as a non-alcoholic beverage. At these levels, you’d have to drink many bottles of kombucha in a short period of time to feel any effects of the alcohol.
To keep our kombucha below 0.5% alcohol, we use a method of non-heat distillation that removes alcohol without damaging the live and active cultures. This keeps our product authentically raw and keeps the beneficial bacteria thriving. Our finished kombucha has around 0.1% alcohol — much less than the required 0.5%.
Can Anyone Drink Kombucha?
If you have any medical concerns about consuming alcohol or fermented foods, we recommend chatting with your doctor first. While the alcohol content of commercial kombucha is extremely low, a doctor can help address any specific concerns you may still have.
We hope this helped answer some of your questions on alcohol and kombucha. Next time you drink Brew Dr. Kombucha, sip with confidence knowing you’re getting all of the goodness you want and none of the buzz you don’t!