What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is a fermented beverage brewed using tea, sugar and a kombucha culture (a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast aka SCOBY). The fermentation process transforms the tea culture into a delicious and healthy beverage, naturally rich with Probiotics, Antioxidants, Amino Acids, Polyphenols and Active Enzymes. Kombucha has similar nutritional goodness to other cultured foods such as yogurt and kefir – these support the growth of healthy bacteria in our gut.
What are the health benefits of Kombucha?
Kombucha is proven to aid digestion and gut health, detoxification, boost immune system, promote growth of healthy bacteria in the gut and help you flush out evil bacteria through a satisfying poopie.
Belly Good Kombucha is naturally rich with Probiotics, Antioxidants, Amino Acids, Polyphenols and Active Enzymes. These support the growth of healthy bacteria in our gut.
Why drink Belly Good Kombucha?
At Belly Good Kombucha, we handcraft our cultures in small batches. Quality is important to us so we only use high-quality sustainably sourced chinese tea and organic raw cane sugar. Belly Good Kombucha is freshly made locally in KL, infused with fresh herbs, fresh fruit, superfoods, cold-press juices and and spices. We keep it 100% raw and with no artificial nonsense. Most of our ingredients are organic and get our produce from local farms and businesses.
How is Kombucha made?
Kombucha is made from tea, sugar and a SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast) culture from a previous batch and then fermented for 1 to 2 weeks. Here at Belly Good Kombucha, the fermentation times differ depending on the tea we use – darker tea, longer fermentation times and vice versa.
What does Kombucha taste like?
Kombucha is naturally bubbly, deliciously sweet and tart similar to apple cider vinegar.
Think: healthy champagne
Is Kombucha supposed to be fizzy?
The effervescence/fizz in Belly Good Kombucha occurs 100% naturally and varies from batch to batch and bottle to bottle.
Unlike soft drinks, the effervescence increases over time by the act of yeast consuming sugars to form CO² and ethyl alcohol. Therefore, fresher brews tends to be on less fizzy. Rest assured, the quality and benefits are still present in our Kombucha even if the effervescence is minimal.
Who can drink Kombucha?
You can enjoy Kombucha no matter how young you are! Children are smaller so their servings should be as well.
Is Kombucha Halal?
Yes, but we are not Halal certified. Ingredients used to make Kombucha are tea and sugar. In malay it is called “cendawan mekah”, and is consumed by many muslims.
How much Kombucha should I drink?
Our bodies are unique. If you are new to drinking Kombucha, we suggest slowly introducing Kombucha to your system and listening to your body when trying to determine the appropriate amount for you. Try half a bottle and observe how your gut reacts to it.
As Bobo, our mascot says: “A bottle a day is Belly Good for you!”
There are weird looking blobs and strands in the Kombucha – is it safe to consume?
Well, well young padawan, fret not. These are strands of healthy culture. They are not visible during bottling and form subsequently as an indication that the Kombucha is still living, active and partying. The longer the product is bottled, the more culture strands form. Think of it like a forest that is home to billions of living probiotics.
In short, the contents of this bottle are alive and is safe to consume.
Brown strands = yeast strands
Clear slimy blob = baby Kombucha SCOBY (Symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast)
Does Kombucha contain caffeine?
Caffeine is present in our kombucha as the main ingredient is tea. The caffeine content is much lower than a normal cup of tea as it has been fermented and ‘eaten’ by the good bacteria to form a SCOBY. You can pick a lighter tea brew such as oolong tea or green tea if you are concerned about consuming caffeine.
Does Kombucha contain alcohol?
Since Kombucha is the product of natural fermentation, there is trace amounts of < 0.5% alcohol content in the drink. Young children, pregnant women and alcohol intolerant individuals should take this into consideration.
Can I consume Kombucha during pregnancy?
A general rule of thumb we stand by is that that women should not introduce anything new to their system during pregnancy. Therefore, please consult with your doctor.
Can I shake the bottle?
DO NOT shake the bottle. If shaken, you awaken the sleeping exploding monkey in the volcano (bottle). The monkey will beat its chest and cause an overflow due to the natural effervescence. To mix the contents of the bottle, we recommend tilting the bottle gently back and forth.
How long can Kombucha last?
Up to 8 weeks stored in the fridge. Belly Good Kombucha is alive, raw and unpasteurized so fermentation continues when left unrefrigerated. Keeping the bottle in the fridge will keep the fermentation to a minimal level, preserving the taste. Our kombucha will not go bad even after the recommended 8 weeks, but the taste might be too sour/vinegary for pleasant consumption.
How long can I keep Kombucha unrefrigerated?
Belly Good Kombucha will not go bad unrefrigerated, but since it continues to ferment at room temperature, it will sour over time. We recommend refrigerating as soon as you get them – but it’s ok to leave in room temperature for up to half a day.
Do you recycle bottles?
We are working on a recycling bottle program. Please stay tuned.