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    Being a strict non drinker but liking the idea of kombucha, is there a way of making this without it creating the alcohol?
    I was wondering if it would work in a similar way to kefir if I put a scoby in milk, or would that kill that scoby and ruin the milk?
    Seems odd that kefir grains eats the sugar from the milk - pretty much what kombucha does, but doesnt turn it into alcohol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rattybag View Post
    Being a strict non drinker but liking the idea of kombucha, is there a way of making this without it creating the alcohol?
    I wouldn't worry about it. People have actually used kombucha tea as a therapy for alcohol addiction. Any time the person wants a drink, they have a glass of the "tea" instead. It seems to lessen the desire for alcohol for whatever reason. So practically speaking kombucha tea is a help not a hindrance to "misuse" of alcohol.

    I hadn't known that kombucha tea was slightly alcoholic, but if you say it is, or can be, I'm not surprised. But I wouldn't sweat it. We just don't live in that kind of world: the kind, that is, where you can always get zero of x (whatever x might be). I think that if there's any alcohol in there it's not going to amount to much. If you wanted alcohol, you'd have to use a good quality strain of yeast, not a kombucha fungus. If there's some alcohol in there -- a fraction of a percent or whatever -- it'd be no more than what you'd get in fruit juice if you left it around for a day or so after pressing it before drinking it. And if there were some alcohol in there and you waited a bit longer it would probably get converted to acetic acid (vinegar) -- unless you had some way of excluding bacteria that would do that ... not easy in an open vessel in a domestic situation.

    Yeah, it could be a good idea to avoid booze -- for example, if one never knew when to stop once started, but making avoidance into a fetish just isn't necessary. As I say, we just don't live in that sort of world -- heck, some people can be over the limit of a breathalyzer without drinking on account their own bodies make alcohol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lewis View Post
    I wouldn't worry about it.
    I hadn't known that kombucha tea was slightly alcoholic, but if you say it is, or can be, I'm not surprised.
    I think that if there's any alcohol in there it's not going to amount to much.

    Yeah, it could be a good idea to avoid booze -- for example, if one never knew when to stop once started, but making avoidance into a fetish just isn't necessary. As I say, we just don't live in that sort of world -- heck, some people can be over the limit of a breathalyzer without drinking on account their own bodies make alcohol.
    It has about 3 to 5% alcohol content - the same as a standard beer.
    And my avoidance of alcohol is not a fetish - I am a recovering alcoholic and will NOT drink anything deliberately with alcohol in it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rattybag View Post
    It has about 3 to 5% alcohol content - the same as a standard beer.
    Just curious...where did you read this? I thought it was 0.5%. I definitely do not feel a buzz from kombucha like I do with beer.

    ETA: To answer your question...I'm not sure if there's a way to brew it without any alcohol at all. You might get a lower alcohol content if you brew it for a shorter period of time, but it might also be sweeter than you wanted it.
    Last edited by baconator; 04-24-2012 at 12:16 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rattybag View Post
    It has about 3 to 5% alcohol content - the same as a standard beer.
    And my avoidance of alcohol is not a fetish - I am a recovering alcoholic and will NOT drink anything deliberately with alcohol in it!

    No it does not. My husband brews beer. We were testing to see how much sugar remained in the Kombucha. BUT, the alcohol left is no where near a level of a beer. It's such a minor amount that even a non drinking average person would not notice. If you have concerns I would just avoid all together and stick to kefir or something else.

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    Kombucha better not have booze in it, or I'm going to Mormon Hell. Fermented, yes. Booze? No. I have a bottle of Synergy Chia Kombucha in the fridge. Ingredients: kombucha, cherry juice, chia, and cherry juice
    I always assumed fermented in kombucha was the same/similar as fermenting dairy into yogurt.
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    I have a bottle of GT's Organic Kombucha sitting in front of me, I can not find any where on the label indicating alcohol content-

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    I remember that last summer Whole Foods pulled all the kombucha for a while because of uncertainty about alcohol content.

    Kombucha Recall: Why Did Whole Foods Remove Kombucha?
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    Quote Originally Posted by crackedpot View Post
    I have a bottle of GT's Organic Kombucha sitting in front of me, I can not find any where on the label indicating alcohol content-
    They still sell the "real" stuff with a little alcohol in it, but you have to order it straight from them online. Before the ridiculous regluation started, G.T.'s lable said it may contain about .o5% alcohol.

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    Other than having had a past addiction, or following strict reliqious rules, there really is no reason to avoid alcohol.

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