Frequently Asked Questions
about Kombucha & Buddha's Brew
Kombucha may be an ancient beverage but many are just discovering Kombucha. We get asked many questions and have created a collection of the most popular questions here. If your question isn't below, please feel free to contact us through email, in person or through the "contact us" tool located at the bottom of this page.
Kombucha is made from a “mushroom”, (actually a culture) - a live pancake shaped blend of healthy bacteria, and beneficial yeast, which is put into a mixture of organic sugar and tea. The culture uses up the tea and sugar in the fermentation, producing live cultures, beneficial acids, enzymes, antioxidants, amino acids and polyphenols. Buddha’s Brew is naturally fizzy and delicious!
Your Kombucha tastes so great - what do you do?
Our Kombucha is lovingly handcrafted in small batches made locally here in South Austin along Williamson Creek. We focus on two things equally in our brew: maximumizing healthy live culture activity and amazing taste. A lot of time was invested in perfecting our formula for great tasting super live culturally active kombucha with flavors that pop, so we don't reveal any of our production methods or trade secrets. We are very appreciative for your compliments though.
Why Buddha's Brew?
Is this a drink for Buddhists? Our founder is very interested in meditation and has studied and been involved in various spiritual practice for over 30 years. She's not a formally indoctrinated Buddhist but practices many of the meditations techniques inspired by Buddha's teachings. After some time in this pursuit she felt strongly about incorporating her passion into a practical service to the community. Buddha's Brew is that service.
Does your Kombucha contain caffeine?
Most of the caffeine in the tea is metabolized by the live cultures during fermentation. What remains is about 8-14mg per serving. Compare this to 5mg for decaf and 60-80mg for unfermented tea or 133mg for drip coffee.
Is it safe to consume Kombucha when pregnant? Or for Kids?
We recommend speaking to your Doctor about this issue. However, since we are asked this question frequently, we'll share our opinion. Since our Kombucha is below .5% in alcohol when properly refrigerated it's considered non-alcoholic, and the trace amount should not do any harm when pregnant. Kombucha tends to be a little bit detoxifying, this is why some doctors recommend limiting consumption to small amounts while pregnant. Kombucha isn't just for Adults, lots of Children love our Kombucha and its a great tasting alternative to sodas or juices with a fraction of the calories. Children under 2 yrs should be given only small amounts. Their immune systems are forming via interactions with things in the environment and although Kombucha may support immune function, it would be like a crutch to children that young, they need to develop their own.
How long will it keep in the fridge after I open it?
Kombucha can be goods for quite some time. We generally say 4 months in refrigeration. Kombucha doesn't really go bad and the live culture prevents anything harmful from growing. However, kombucha eventually will turn to a vinegar and be a little too acidic to drink. Airspace in the bottle is good for live cultures but can also speed up the Kombucha in becoming more vinegary. An important reason we put a 4 month date on our bottles is because fresher is better for live cultures. Live Culture viability is important to us. Many other kombuchas are fermented for long periods in bottle to achieve lots of carbonation, but this process ends up harming many of the live cultures so unique to the Kombucha ferment. That is a big point for us. I'm told really old Kombucha can be incorporated into a vinaigrette for salads. I've yet to try this myself yet but sounds believable and interesting.
We live outside of your delivery/store area - Can you ship?
No, sorry. The requirement of refridgeration and the weight of the glass bottles make shipping very cost prohibitive.