What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is a non-alcoholic beverage produced by fermenting sweetened tea using a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY). The result is a slightly tart, sweet, and effervescent probiotic beverage that’s linked to a wide range of health benefits.

Is there alcohol in J’s Kombucha?
There is less than .5% alcohol in J’s Kombucha, which is a very small amount compared to beer, which typically has 4-7%.

J’s Kombucha is brewed in kombucha-specific symbiosis fermenters from Stout tanks and Kettles to ensure there is less than .5% alcohol. Stout's “kombucha-specific shape provides a balanced environment for both the Saccharomyces yeast and the Acetobacter bacteria strains. Ethanol is metabolized to acetic acid much faster, promoting faster and more complete fermentation. Balance of symbiosis is shifted toward bacteria, reducing overall alcohol production, and yielding better flavor profiles. Individual trays provide contact to oxygen, allowing the aerobic bacteria to metabolize ethanol to acetic acid, sugars to lactic acid, and glucose to gluconic acid.”*

*Source: Stout Tanks and Kettles

Is J’s Kombucha pasteurized?
J’s Kombucha is not pasteurized. The pH of kombucha is naturally antipathogenic and contains beneficial microorganisms that make pasteurization unnecessary. Pasteurizing kombucha would also be harmful to the beneficial living culture and ferments within it.

Is J's Kombucha organic?
J's Kombucha is not a certified organic product, but we are committed to using high-quality, non-GMO, pesticide-free ingredients: the fruit, herbs, and sugar we use for flavoring are all certified organic.

Our green and black teas were also previously labeled organic, but in 2021 TeaSource (our tea wholesaler based in Saint Paul) decided not to renew their organic certification due to the inherent challenges and high cost. Considering everything but the organic label remains the same, we will continue using their teas for our kombucha. 

How do you store J’s Kombucha?
Kombucha must be kept refrigerated, store between 33° and 40° F to retain the best quality and flavor. J’s Kombucha contains living culture and ferments that have slowed by a lower temperature that causes the microorganisms to go dormant. Kombucha may gush or leak if left in an airtight container or unrefrigerated.

Is J’s Kombucha safe for kids?
Yes! Consult your doctor if you have additional concerns or questions.

Is J’s Kombucha safe for pregnant women?
Yes! Consult your doctor if you have additional concerns or questions.

Is there caffeine in J’s Kombucha?
Our Kombucha contains a small amount of caffeine; a 12 oz can contains around 11mg (32ppm).

Why does J’s Kombucha use aluminum cans instead of bottles?
J’s Kombucha is available in aluminum cans because they're highly recyclable, shatterproof, airtight, lightweight, and since kombucha is light sensitive, the light-proof protection offered by the aluminum cans helps keep the kombucha fresh until it is ready to be enjoyed.

What are CanCollars and can you recycle them? 
CanCollars are a durable (poly-coated paperboard) 6-pack solution used for our 12 oz cans.  They contain 95% less plastic than plastic rings or handles, and are recyclable at facilities where poly-coated paper products like frozen food boxes and paper plates are accepted.