1. What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is a fermented sparkling tea made up of 4 ingredients; water, tea, sugar and a SCOBY or symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. This living culture is what makes kombucha so special. A little tangy and a little sweet, with just the right amount of fizz, kombucha is a delicious natural treat.
2. SCOBY? Still sounds weird. What does it do?
It is the live culture that turns the sweetened tea into kombucha, and is quite similar to the fermentation of products like real yogurt and sourdough. The SCOBY uses sugar as food, and the fermentation results in Kombucha that naturally contains good organic acids that are gut friendly. These acids give kombucha a distinctive tangy sour taste.
3. What are the benefits of drinking Kombucha?
Plug Kombucha into Google and you’ll find plenty of positive benefits to drinking Kombucha. Kombucha is a food and not a drug or supplement. Kombucha, like all fermented foods, naturally contains good bacteria and organic acids – and the benefits to our digestion and our bodies are well known.
If you ask us, it’s low in sugar, tastes great and keeps us feeling fab. Give it a go, we promise your gut and your taste buds will love you for it!
4. How often should I drink Kombucha?
There is no “right” or “wrong” amount when it comes to drinking kombucha. Just drink as much as it takes to make you feel good. Drinking too much however means you might need to take a few more trips to the bathroom than normal. We recommend it’s best to start with no more than one bottle a day (330ml) and see what works best for you.
5. How do you make Amplify Kombucha?
We follow an old school batch brew method using a blend of organic teas, organic sugar, a bit of starter liquid (aged kombucha) and a SCOBY. We ferment our base for roughly 3 to 4 weeks. When our Kombucha taste testers say it’s ready to go, we flavour it using organic and all natural flavours.
6. How is Amplify Kombucha different from other kombucha brands?
When it comes to food and drinks, we believe ‘taste is king’. Although we appreciate the acquired tangy, vinegary taste of many kombucha brands out there, we want everyone to fall in love with this awesome drink from the get-go and so we’ve brewed our kombucha to have a smooth, clean and rounded finish and no nasty vinegar aftertaste.
7. Is kombucha a tea?
Well not really. One of its main ingredients is tea. Kombucha is fermented tea and tastes quite different from a normal tea. It’s fizzy with a slightly sour, tangy sweet taste which is incredibly refreshing.
8. How much sugar is in Amplify Kombucha?
The range contains a very low level of sugar – less than ¼ teaspoon of sugar per serve. Even though more sugar is added at the beginning as a ‘food source’ for the yeast to ferment, almost all this sugar is consumed during this fermentation process leaving us with a naturally fizzy drink that’s very low in sugar!
9. I heard Kombucha has alcohol in it, is this true for Amplify Kombucha?
During the natural fermentation process, extremely small trace amounts of alcohol are produced but we make sure that these are monitored and remain below the prescribed level for a non-alcoholic beverage (<0.5ABV).
10. Is Amplify Kombucha organic?
Yes it is! It is ACO Organic Certified.
11. Is Amplify Kombucha gluten free?
Yes it is!
12. Does Amplify Kombucha have caffeine in it?
Tea is one of the main ingredients of Amplify Kombucha and happens to naturally contains caffeine, but generally less than a cup of green tea.
13. Can children and pregnant women have Kombucha?
There are varying reports on this topic so generally we’d advise to check with your GP before giving it to children or pregnant women.
14. Why does it need to stay chilled?
Like other cultured products, such as yoghurt , kombucha is a live cultured product which is best kept refrigerated. To stop the product from continuing to ferment in the bottle it needs to stay chilled. This will keep the flavour the way we like it and control the fizziness of the drink.
15. What are these floating bits in my drink and can I drink them?
Yes you can! They are little pieces of the SCOBY so they are all good. Think of them as evidence of a true brew.
16. What kind of tea is in Amplify Kombucha?
We use a blend of organic Pu-erh tea, Green tea and Oolong tea .
17. The label says it contains organic stevia, what’s that?
Stevia is a plant based natural sweetener that’s 300 times sweeter than regular sugar. It allows us to achieve the great taste without additional calories or sugar.
18. How long does Amplify Kombucha last after opening?
We recommend drinking within 4 days of opening, ensuring it is kept below 4°C at all times.