Before you go thinking I’ve become some hippie freak drinking moon water, I’ll share with you the story on how I even got to know about this thing. Kombucha isn’t common in Singapore (in fact only recently have I seen 2-3 shops selling it around the island), although it has actually featured in André.
Does it make me feel super cool for brewing fermented tea that’s also made by Singapore’s best restaurant? Maybe, vainly so! 😛
I got to know about kombucha after one of my contacts in the wellness industry (whom I was trying to get co-blogging partnership for my company) asked me to present a nutritional take on the health benefits of kombucha and probiotics at her workshop. I had no clue what it was but I went ahead to research about kombucha and did a nutritional talk on a drink I’d never tried before.
Like all wacky things in life, people either hate or love it. It can become a bit of an acquired taste too though; so if you don’t love it now, you might in the future!
Weird and wonderful lessons I learned in brewing kombucha/jun tea:
- Honey + tea in water can actually mould (without jun tea starter/SCOBY)!
- If you spill kombucha on your feet and you’re wearing rough rubber slippers, wash it off straight away! The acid WILL eat into your skin with the friction of the rubber.
- Nata de coco is actually made of SCOBYs
- The ‘mushroom’ is not a mushroom at all, but a cellulose pellicle produced by one of the bacteria
- To reproduce kombucha, you don’t need a SCOBY at all. You simply need starter tea (strong kombucha), and it will grow a SCOBY on the top layer.
- Kombucha has been around for thousands of years. In fact, it first appeared in China in 220 BC.
- Alcohol content ranges from 0.5-5%. Yep, almost as high as beer if you ferment it for very long in the fridge!
- Sapphire grape kombucha tastes like Spanish wine
- Ginger kombucha tastes like ginger ale
- Drinking kombucha might have the same effects of drinking vinegar: reduced appetite and possibly reduced absorption of carbohydrates.
- My customers can say the darndest cute things.