Kombucha’s Alcohol Trouble

Monday, July 19, 2010

KambuchaQuestion: I heard kombucha has been pulled from all stores due to irregularity (inability to efficiently regulate) the alcohol levels over time. Is this true?

Answer: Yes, kombucha has been pulled from market shelves because of its high alcohol content.

Kombucha is a fermented beverage that combines bacteria and yeast with green or black tea that contains sugar. The popular unpasteurized version of the drink can produce alcohol when the live yeast converts the sugar into alcohol. Tested samples were found to contain above the maximum allowable limit of alcohol in a beverage. As a result, kombucha’s now considered an alcoholic beverage and the government is debating whether to label it as wine or beer. Many local markets have removed the beverage until a decision is made.

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