Kombucha, simply put, is fermented tea.
Fermented foods are rich sources of probiotics. In most cultures, they have their versions of fermented staples. Think kimchi, natto, tempeh, cheese, yoghurt, miso.
Since ancient times, drinking water has been turned into delicious, nutritious and low-alcohol drinks like ginger "ale" and root "beer" - suitable for children and adults alike via the addition of herbs and barks. Modern sodas try to cheaply imitate the sweet-tart flavour of living ferments by combining table sugar with man-made acids.*
But why drink the fakes when you can have the real stuff? Kombucha is almost too good to be true. It tastes great, is great for your health and can be consumed at any time of the day.
So how does Châteaux brew our kombucha?
Firstly, Kombucha culture, often known as SCOBY (Symbiotic Community of Bacteria and Yeast), is added to freshly steeped tea for a period of primary fermentation that typically lasts six to eight days.
The balance and interplay between the bacteria and yeast in this living culture drives the fermentation process and the production of healthy acids during the primary fermentation.
We taste our brew regularly throughout the process to catch the rhythm in each brew, so as to ensure a good balance between the different organisms. A well-balanced brew will produce well-rounded sweet and tart kombucha that is not overly sour nor burning to your throat or stomach.
After the primary fermentation, we then add real fruits, spices and herbs to the kombucha to give it a boost in antioxidants, vitamins, flavours and fizz! This process typically takes up to two days for the flavour to be fully infused into the kombucha.
The end product is a sparkling, refreshing and richly-flavoured kombucha that is great for your gut health, improves your digestion and boosts your overall immunity.
We cold-fill all our kombucha to preserve the fizz. To activate the fizz and unleash the magic, all you have to do is chill well before you drink!
And there you have it... that's the laborious and fulfilling process of kombucha brewing.
At Châteaux, nothing beats the satisfaction of bottling a well-balanced, richly flavoured, nutrient-filled bottle of kombucha for our customers.
It is your well-deserved indulgence.
*The Big Book of Kombucha (Hannah Crum and Alex LaGory) 2016 edition.