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  • Why is Some Kombucha Alcoholic?

    Why is Some Kombucha Alcoholic?

    Recently in the news, we learned of a local kombucha maker producing non-alcoholic kombucha with alcohol levels almost the same as beer. What gives? By New Zealand law, a non-alcoholic drink must have less than 1.15% alcohol by content. Anything more than that is considered alcoholic and must be sold in the beer/wine section of the supermarket. This particular kombucha maker got into a lot of trouble by allowing alcohol levels to climb so high, not once, but twice! So, what happened? Where Does the Alcohol Come From? Natural kombucha is made by fermenting tea. During the fermentation process, yeast...

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