Kombucha has recently been getting attention in the health world, but it has actually been around for nearly 2,000 years when people started using it in Ancient China to help heal a variety of ailments. But what exactly is kombucha?
Kombucha is a fermented tea made possible thanks to a Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast (SCOBY). The tea is typically fermented with cane sugar in a process that takes about 2 weeks. Once it’s ready, kombucha is a slightly carbonated beverage with a tangy taste, boasting a substantial amount of beneficial bacteria and probiotics which are said to help with digestion and immune function.
Most kombucha only has small traces of alcohol, but we had a better idea. To make our boozy booch, we add more sugar and a secondary yeast after the first round of fermentation is complete. Next, the concoction is locked in a closed fermentation tank for an additional 10-14 days to bring the alcohol level up to 7% ABV!
Fermenting hard alcohol booch at home isn’t hard, you just need to get your hands on a SCOBY.! Don’t worry, it’s not as scary as it sounds. You just need to buy one online, ask a friend who brews kombucha at home to gift you one, or just buy your favorite unpasteurized organic kombucha to use as the starter culture. Read our DIY High Alcohol Kombucha Recipe to learn all about brewing your own boozy booch at home.
Health Benefits of Kombucha
Not only is kombucha a tasty, bubbly drink, but it hosts a variety of health benefits. During the fermentation process, a large amount of probiotic bacteria is produced which fills your gut with healthy bacteria that can improve digestion, inflammation, and even encourage weight loss.
Kombucha is also rich in antioxidants and it is thought to protect the liver from toxicity. Its antibacterial properties help to protect the body from bad bacteria and yeasts. The benefits are undeniable and choosing hard kombucha over other alcoholic beverages is a no brainer when it comes to nutritional information. Get a buzz while also filling your body with probiotics and antioxidants? Yes, please!
Consider these comparisons next time you’re reaching for a drink:
11 oz Grapefruit + Hibiscus + Heather – 159 calories + 8.5g sugar/carbs all from fresh pressed juice
12 oz Mojito – 242 calories + 37g sugar + 40g carbohydrates
12 oz IPA Beer – 200 calories + 0g sugar + 20g carbohydrates
10 oz Red Wine – 250 calories + 2g sugar + 8 carbohydrates
Everything about Boochcraft – from the best unique flavor combinations to the bubbly carbonation – is designed to deliver a delicious and conscious alternative to beer and wine.
The Boochcraft Difference
We know you’ve got options when it comes to hard kombucha, but we are confident that ours outshines the rest. Boochcraft is brewed with an uncompromised commitment to quality and all of our ingredients are organic and non-GMO so you don’t have to worry about consuming pesticides and chemical fertilizers. All of our ingredients are locally sourced and we keep our flavors designed with seasonally fresh-pressed juices. Our hard kombucha is gluten free, fluoride and chlorine free and we are locally owned and operated here in San Diego.
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