Kombucha

What is Kombucha?

We’ve all been there. That awkward feeling when everyone else is all over something, and you have a-b-s-o-l-u-t-e-l-y no idea what they are on about... kombucha what? You wanna ask, but you know it’s too damn late.

We get it. Which is why we are here with the definitive guide to the question: what on earth IS kombucha? 

Remedy Nutritionist, Jacqueline Alwill explains, in a nutshell, kombucha (often lovingly referred to as “booch”) is fermented tea.

The traditional method of making kombucha – which we follow at Remedy – involves a natural fermentation of sweet tea with a live culture. The live culture is known as a SCOBY, which stands for Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast.

The result is a sparkling drink with sweet and sour flavours that contains the goodness of live cultures, tea polyphenols and organic acids. Better yet, it’s downright delicious! You can even brew your own booch at home – Remedy recipe   here. 

Now, before you go passing it off as a fad, you should know that it’s believed that kombucha originated in China around 2000 years ago. People around the world have been making and enjoying kombucha for thousands of years, particularly throughout Eastern Europe and Asia. Find out more about the history of kombucha   here.

At Remedy, we make our kombucha according to the same ancient traditions as the origins of kombucha. Long-aged brewed and FULL of the good stuff. In fact, Remedy started out on our founders’ Sarah and Emmet Condon’s kitchen bench, and we are still brewing with the same live culture they first started out with!

 



The Lowdown on Live Cultures!

Remedy is the real deal: small-batch brewed the old school way, using a live culture that is natural to our drinks. But what are these live cultures? We know they’re good for us, but why should we care? Here’s the live culture lowdown.

What are live cultures?

Live cultures are a form of “good” bacteria, that comes in the form of microbes associated with foods and drinks, often acting as fermentation agents.

What’s so good about live cultures?

Live cultures can potentially support gut health by:

Increasing the diversity of your gut flora, aka the good bugs that live in your gut to get things working as they should.
Preventing the growth of bad bugs that can make you sick.
Supplying billions of microorganisms that are full of vitamins, minerals and fibre, which the healthy bacteria in your gut use as a food source to produce important metabolites for good health.

Remedy live cultures are made right!

Remedy’s live cultures occur naturally and plentifully in our drinks because we brew our kombucha the old school way, from scratch using a live culture that is a descendant of the very first batch our founders Sarah and Emmet made on their kitchen counter.

While some foods and drinks labelled as live cultured or probiotic get that way thanks to dosed or added ingredients, we pride ourselves on the fact that there’s no need for that ‘round here! It’s pretty simple. If you use the right ingredients, brew for the right amount of time (don’t try to speed up the process) then you’ll make something damn right and tasty. Kombucha has been around for thousands of years – we keep our recipe and fermentation process traditional, and our kombucha raw and unpasteurized, so you get that authentic and quality live culture goodness inya. Quality over quantity peeps.

What is the live culture count in Remedy Kombucha?

Our live culture count sits at a mighty minimum of 250 million per 250mls of Remedy Kombucha!

How do we know? Well, I’m glad you asked. We test every batch during production to ensure the live cultures stay healthy and strong in every one of our drinks. We also conduct regular shelf-life testing to ensure those live cultures are still going strong right through to the end of shelf life. Yep, our team of Remedy have their work reallllllly cut out for them.

What are the specific live cultures/ strains of bacteria in Remedy Kombucha?

Yeast of the Saccharomyces genus and bacteria from Acetobacter and Gluconobacter species are just some of the major contributors behind the magic of fermenting Remedy from sweet tea into liquid gold! Both have been found to have a range of proven health and wellbeing benefits.

How can you tell your kombucha is alive and kickin’?

It’s super simple to test whether your kombucha is alive! Pour it into a glass and let it sit in a warm place for a few days. If you use Remedy Kombucha, a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast aka. ‘the mother’) will form. Yeah huh. Pretty amazing stuff.


What even are Organic Acids?

What the heck are organic acids?

Shakin' up the fizzy drinks industry for good is what we do best at Remedy! The way we do this is by brewing drinks the ol' school way, following age-old fermenting traditions with all the naturally occurring benefits of live cultures and organic acids in our brews. But, what the heck are organic acids?

Don't fret. Many people don't know what organic acids are or have even heard of them before.

 

What are organic acids?

When brewin' Remedy, it’s not just magic that leads to a delicious drink with no sugar, but fermentation science! You see, the live culture is what consumes all the sugar, but in the process it doesn’t just disappear, it gets converted into organic acids, also known as short-chain fatty acids, the very same kind produced by our own gut bacteria to aid important body processes.

 

Organic acids can potentially help to:

Provide an energy source for the good bacteria in your gut
Regulate appetite
Stabilise blood sugar levels
Regulate cholesterol
Prevent overgrowth of bad bugs in your gut.  


What organic acids will you find in a Remedy Kombucha?

In every 250ml of Remedy Kombucha, you will enjoy 0.5g of naturally occurring organic acid.

 

How can you tell if your kombucha is chock-full of organic acids?

First of all, taste. The organic acid is what gives Remedy bevvies that subtle tang and good-for-you-but-still-so-damn-tasty flavor. Watch out for any kombucha or other drink that claims to be fermented without some tang - that's how you know they're brewin' the old school way, and you're gettin' the goodness of organic acids.

What are Tea Polyphenols?

What are tea polyphenols and why should I care?

Everyone knows that a cup of green tea is good for you, right? (Just ask your gran). Well, the reason for this is all of the healthy antioxidants that are naturally occurring in tea, both green and black. 

In kombucha makin’, the first and very important step at Remedy is to brew a VERY big pot of tea. That’s where these mighty tea polyphenols come in! They’re the REAL lesser-known powerhouse of a good kombucha.

Polyphenols known as antioxidants are naturally found in tea. In science-speak, antioxidants have been found to scavenge for free radicals in the body and prevent them from causing cell damage. Now you’re listening.

 

How many tea polyphenols does a Remedy Kombucha contain?

In every 250mls of Remedy Kombucha, you will enjoy 63mg of tea polyphenols!


Are all teas polyphenols equal?

No. Some tea blends have less or more polyphenols depending on quality, and this can even be impacted by what season the tea was harvested!

Polyphenols also vary on the tea type (i.e green, black, oolong, jasmine or hibiscus). Sarah and Emmet (our founders) personally select the highest quality organic tea for our brew. We use a mixture of certified organic green tea for its high polyphenol properties and certified organic black tea for its rich superior taste.

Most importantly, we test every batch of raw tea at Remedy to ensure it meets our high (chock-full) standards of the good polyphenol stuff. We then test each batch for the level of antioxidants at the end of the natural fermentation brew to make sure it meets our top notch standards for goodness. You betcha.


How can you tell if your kombucha is chock-full of tea polyphenols?

First up, when you pour your brew into a glass, you’ll notice it will have a brownish background colour. All tea has this background colour, so watch out if it’s crystal clear. Unfortunately, not everyone is up for making it right, so you may find there’s not much of the right stuff in there at all!

What are these floaties in my Remedy Kombucha?

What are these floaties in Remedy Kombucha?

First up, don’t be alarmed, the floaties you've found are completely safe to consume.

Remedy nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill explains it's completely normal to find pieces of the SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast) in your Remedy Kombucha and a good sign that your kombucha is raw, real, alive and kicking!