Kombucha- what is it and what are the benefits?

We learned about Kombucha a few months ago while eating at an organic restaurant in Downtown Cleveland. After looking at the prices of this very beneficial product, we decided to look into making our own. We would love to share how we make this healthy drink and hopefully let you sample some of ours. It costs about $1 per gallon to make, but the benefits are truly amazing!

We've put in a request for the conference room at the Strongsville Library. We would like to have at least 10 attendees to hold this meetup. If we can't use the library, we will find another place to meet.

Kombucha- fermented tea that has 10 times the probiotics than yogurt.

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  • Paul N.

    It was great getting to meet some of the members of the group. We enjoyed the conversation and learned some new things about health too.

    October 17, 2013

  • Val

    Even though I had tasted it before... it was wonderful to hear all the "How do you make it information?" :)
    The world needs more people like you to spread the word about health - THANK YOU !

    October 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am unable to attend this evening because of
    health related issues.

    October 14, 2013

    • Denise

      We hope you feel better:)

      October 14, 2013

  • Cynthia

    Since the hosts of this event don't have first hand knowledge of a non-caffeinated version, I think I will do more research on my own. I hope this event is successful and beneficial to others. I look forward to meeting you all at a future event.

    October 14, 2013

    • Denise

      Hi Cynthia:) the kombucha is made the same regardless of caffeine. You would just use the tea that you normally are able to drink, but it all is made the same. As Rob said, the scoby feeds on the sugar, not the caffeine. Doing some research I found some very good info on making caffeine free kombucha. I will post the site in the comments as it has great info on kombucha in general. We will be bringing scobies tonight to share, we'd love it if you'd reconsider and be able to get one of these to start your own. We do not by any means think we are experts when it comes to anything health, we just want to share what we do know and learn from others.

      1 · October 14, 2013

    • Cynthia

      Thanks, Denise, I appreciate the added info. I wish I could come and get the scoby. Unfortunately after looking at the map, you are farther north than I anticipated and I wouldn't be able to get there until at least 7:30 due to another commitment.

      October 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes i have made the non caffeinated type. If you read the info on the link it says the scooby feeds on sugar, not caffeine.

    October 14, 2013

    • Cynthia

      I did read the info on the link and this is a quote from it, " You can absolutely make a delicious batch of Kombucha using Rooibos or any other herbal tisane BUT the Kombucha culture (SCOBY) does require some real tea (Camellia sinensis) to thrive over time, otherwise the bacteria will eventually atrophy and die off."
      That is why I was curious if you or anyone had actually had any success making a non caffeinated version.

      October 14, 2013

  • Denise

    Great site for some additional info.. we will be bringing this info tonight as well:) http://www.kombuchakamp.com/2011/03/kombucha-and-caffeine-explained.html

    October 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Cynthia. As someone who has made kombucha before I can tell you, it does NOT have to be caffeinated. Here is a link to back up what I am saying: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread59640.html

    1 · October 13, 2013

    • Cynthia

      Hi Rob, thanks for the link. Have you actually made non-caffeinated? It appears that you still need to use a tea with some caffeine for the scoby or the bacteria will die. Do you have a non-caffeinated recipe?

      October 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm more of a hands on type guy. If you were going to actually make it, then I'd be all over it. But if you're just going to meet at the Library, I'd rather just stay home and share what I know online.

    October 13, 2013

  • Denise

    Thanks Rob! We've always heard that it needs to be caffeinated as well. It would be great if you could come tomorrow and share your knowledge of kombucha.

    October 13, 2013

  • Cynthia

    Does anyone know if it is possible to make this with a non-caffeinated tea (not decaf, but caffeine free). I'm interested in learning more about this but can't tolerate caffeine.

    October 12, 2013

    • Cynthia

      If this recipe can only be made with caffeinated tea, I probably won't attend since I wouldn't be able to use it. I'm just letting you know so that I don't mess up your RSVP count

      October 12, 2013

    • Denise

      Hi Cynthia- it does have to be caffeinated, however if you can handle green tea, that's what we make ours with the majority of the time, you just can't make it with caffeine free herbal.

      October 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone. I have made kombucha before and it is amazing! I still have the mother I grew! And I also have the perfect container for it. One word of warning. I don't care where you keep that container with the brew, it tends to smell a bit.

    September 29, 2013

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