Remedy Kombucha College: Lesson #3
Kombucha Myths Busted
The internet is awesome, obviously. But by gee whizz, it can get murky when you're trying to sort out fact from fiction.
Take kombucha, for instance. While the humble fermented tea has been around for thousands of years, it is still a relatively mysterious and unknown drink to many people. If you turn to the good ol' google machine to find out more and you can easily come away confused or misinformed.
Luckily, you've come to the right place. Team Remedy is here to cut through the fake news and dispel the myths about kombucha!
MYTH #1: KOMBUCHA NEEDS SUGAR
TRUTH: Only during fermentation!
Sure, you DO need sugar to ferment. We can’t argue with that. And we don’t – we use raw organic sugar to kick off our brew, but what’s extra great about Remedy is that we ferment out ALL the sugar. We all know that when it comes to sugar there can be too much of a good thing, so why have it in your drink when you don’t need to?
MYTH #2: ALL KOMBUCHAS ARE LOW IN SUGAR
TRUTH: Not the case! Make sure you read the label.
Sugar is an essential ingredient in making kombucha. Most of the sugar in kombucha should be consumed during fermenting, but that’s not always the case, and sometimes extra sugar is added after fermentation in the form of juices and other ingredients for flavour, so you should always check the sugar content on the nutrition label.
The amount of sugar left in the final product depends on the length of fermentation. At Remedy, we follow a small-batch, long-aged 30-day brewing process to brew out all of the sugar.
MYTH #3: REAL KOMBUCHAS HAVE TO BE KEPT IN THE FRIDGE
TRUTH: Only if it still contains sugar!
Hold up! Wait a minute! Only kombuchas still containing sugar need to be stored in the fridge. This is because the magic of fermentation happens in a warm environment. So if a kombucha stil has sugar present and it becomes warm, it can kickstart a re-fermentation – which risks a kombucha getting a little boozy, loose-y goose-y and could quite literally explode everywhere.
No risk with Remedy as NONE of our drinks contain any sugar (so no chance of refermentation) and our cultures are ripped, super strong and fine out of the fridge. We make sure of it by testing throughout shelf life. We’re alive AND kicking!
MYTH #4: KOMBUCHA IS ALCOHOLIC
TRUTH: Kombucha is a non-alcoholic beverage!
Like many fermented foods and drinks, a trace amount of alcohol is produced during the natural process of making kombucha. At Remedy, we thoroughly test each and every batch to ensure that this does not go above 0.5%, which is the national standard in Australia and New Zealand for non-alcoholic drinks. Don’t believe us? Aussie comedian Dave Hughes – who hasn’t had an alcoholic drink for 25 years - put this to the test on live radio by drinking six bottles of Remedy in two hours and taking a breathalyser test, with the result showing 0.00.
MYTH #5: KOMBUCHA IS HIGH IN CAFFEINE
TRUTH: It’s actually super low!
While kombucha is made from tea, the potency of the caffeine is reduced as a natural part of the fermentation process. The end result will vary from kombucha to kombucha, depending on the tea used and the length of fermentation. In addition to brewing out all of the sugar, our long-aged brewing process reduces the caffeine levels. Each serve of Remedy has less than 10mg of caffeine. To put this into perspective, tea or coffee can contain more than 100mg of caffeine depending on the type of coffee and how strongly it is brewed, and a can of cola will contain around 35mg.
MYTH #6: KOMBUCHA ISN’T SAFE FOR KIDS
TRUTH: Remedy is safe for all ages!
We can’t speak for other brands, but we know that Remedy Kombucha is completely safe and suitable for children to enjoy. We know lots of kids who have grown up enjoying kombucha (including Remedy Founders Sarah and Emmet's own family) and many other types of naturally fermented food and drinks. As part of our strict food safety certifications, we conduct regular external testing of our products to ensure they meet the highest standards of food safety and compliance.
MYTH #7: YOU CAN ONLY DRINK A SMALL AMOUNT
TRUTH: Trust your gut on what feels good for you!
We wouldn’t sell our kombucha in big bottles if you could only drink a little bit!
Really, there’s no limit to how much Remedy you can drink in a day. While we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all prescription for how much kombucha you should drink, we do recommend incorporating it into your daily diet to truly experience the benefits.
Most of the team at Remedy have a bottle or can with each meal as it’s a super easy way to including something fermented, natural, and raw into your daily diet.
MYTH #8: YOU’RE GONNA NEED A TOILET CLOSE
TRUTH: Don’t worry, Remedy IS safe to drink on a date!
While this myth does make us laugh, it’s not the case. If it were, we’d be going through some serious amounts of toilet paper in the Remedy office.