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Kombucha: Sugar and Caffeine

post #1 of 7
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I LOVE drinking kombucha, but I have two kombucha questions:

1. Is there really any significant quantity of sugar left once the new scoby has formed? I guess my real question is if kombucha can be considered a drink containing very little sugar? I really need to avoid all refined sugar.

2. How much caffeine does kombucha contain? I've read to have the tea steep in water for 30-60 seconds then brew the tea in another container to reduce the caffeine content but is this really necessary for kombucha? Normally I don't care too much about caffeine but I think we're going to TTC at some point so I'd like to avoid it without giving up my kombucha.
post #2 of 7
For the sugar question... the longer you let it ferment the less sugar it will have. I think once it is vinegar it has no sugar any more. So the closer it gets to that stage, the less sugar right? I hope...
post #3 of 7
I wonder the same things about kombucha. I think that if it still tastes sweet then it must still have a significant quantity of sugar left in it. Probably the more acidic we can stand to drink it, the better. It also contains a little caffeine, but I'm not sure how much--certainly less than coffee, though.
post #4 of 7
I am extremely sensitive to caffeine...it gives me heart palpitations. I do the pre-steep method to remove most of the caffeine, and I am fine with that. Once or twice I have forgotten to pre-steep, and after a cup of that kombucha, my heart started fluttering on me. I simply cannot drink it without that step, but with it, no problem, so it must be removing most of the caffeine, as it is reported to do. As for sugar, same thing. I get sugar jitters if I consume white sugar, but well-brewed kombucha, that is no longer sweet, does not cause me any ill effects.
post #5 of 7
Can you use other forms of sugar other than cane sugar? I react to cane sugar & cannot use it.

I wonder about the caffeine too, since it's a no-no for people with adrenal fatigue.
post #6 of 7
What is the Pre-Steep method, please?
post #7 of 7
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The pre-steep method is basically to steep the tea in another container for about a minute and then steep the tea for your kombucha. Supposedly almost all of the caffeine is released in that first minute so what you are left with is decaffeinated tea.
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