FAQ's

What is Kombucha?
Kombucha (kuhm·boo·chuh) 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, & effervescentprobiotic beverage 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 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 tea, fruit, herbs, and sugar we use are all certified organic. We hope to obtain our organic certification in the future.

How do you store J’s Kombucha?
Kombucha must be kept refrigerated (between 33° and 41° 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. When the temperature begins to rise, the microorganisms will take back up their fermentation, and the container may may gush or leak if left unrefrigerated as a result. If stored in proper conditions, kombucha can last for up to 6 months.

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.