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Kombucha FAQs

What is kombucha?
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Fizzy, bright and noted for its probiotics and antioxidants, kombucha is a lightly-effervescent drink made by combining sweet tea with bacteria and yeast. The result is a sometimes sweet, sometimes tangy and always a delicious beverage.

Does your Kombucha contain probiotics?
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At the time of bottling, each 14 oz bottle of Humm Kombucha contains 2 billion probiotic cultures.  Our kombucha contains the Bacillus Subtilis strain, which is a Non-GMO probiotic.

Is there alcohol in Humm Kombucha?
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Humm has developed a proprietary kombucha fermentation process and kombucha cultures which improve flavor consistency while maintaining a live, raw, delicious non-alcoholic beverage that is well below the 0.5% alcohol by volume (ABV) level prescribed by the TTB.  Our kombucha is not 100% free of all alcohol, therefore we disclose on our label “contains a trace amount of alcohol” to notify those consumers who may have allergies or other concerns.

How does Humm verify that it’s kombucha is “Non-Alcoholic”?
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Test results of alcohol from both our in-house lab and those of an independent 3rd party laboratory are well below 0.5% ABV, which is the threshold to be deemed a “non-alcoholic” beverage by the TTB.

Most of the other verified non-alcoholic kombucha brands on the market either make their product from a kombucha concentrate OR require extensive and expensive processing to remove the alcohol, simultaneously stripping some delicate flavor, beneficial bacteria and aroma compounds.

Is Humm Kombucha pasteurized?
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Nope. Our kombucha is raw and unpasteurized. The organic raw kombucha of Humm is a fermented product never made from concentrated kombucha culture. Our kombucha is made from a proprietary combination of bacteria and yeasts that we craft from start to finish. The ingredients we start our proprietary process with are the food source for the kombucha cultures that do the fermentation.

Is Humm Kombucha safe for pregnant women?
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It is always important for pregnant women to consult with their doctor as to any health-related question, including whether to drink kombucha during their pregnancy. One of Humm’s founders drank kombucha throughout both of her pregnancies and has beautiful, healthy children who regularly drink Humm Kombucha.

Is Humm Kombucha safe for kids?
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Yes, Humm Kombucha is safe for kids. We recommend consulting with your pediatrician on any matter that concerns your children’s health, including foods and beverages that they may consume.

Is Humm Kombucha safe for recovering alcoholics?
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We suggest recovering alcoholics consult with their doctor and/or sponsor regarding how kombucha could affect their recovery.  We have connected with people in recovery who enjoy both the taste and benefits of Humm Kombucha, and also received feedback from those who choose to steer clear due to personal concerns and experience. It is certainly a decision that should not be taken lightly.  We clearly state on our labels “Contains a trace amount of alcohol” to notify recovering alcoholics, those with strict religious beliefs or people who have allergy concerns.

How much caffeine is in Humm?
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Our kombucha contains 14 mg of caffeine per 8 oz. serving.  By comparison, a typical cup of green tea contains 35 mg of caffeine per serving and a cup of coffee has around 95 mg of caffeine.

Does Humm have added sugar in our kombucha?
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Because our product undergoes a natural fermentation and remains raw and alive, the sweetness (residual sugars) varies slightly from batch to batch. To ensure our finished product meets the consistency our fans and consumers expect, and to be sure the kombucha in the bottle matches what’s on the label, we add organic fruit juices and organic cane sugar as needed.

Is Humm safe to drink if it is left out of refrigeration?
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Our kombucha will not ferment when unopened at room temperature. However, those conditions will cause a slow die-off of the beneficial bacteria and probiotics, as well as negatively impact the carbonation profile.  Because our kombucha is a live and perishable product with organic juices, we strongly recommend that our kombucha be refrigerated at all times while not being consumed.

Where can I learn to brew my own kombucha?
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Brewing kombucha is a wonderful project and we suggest you source home-brewing knowledge and starter kombucha sets from one of the reputable suppliers on the Internet.   Here is some info to get you started:

 

Learn more about brewing your own kombucha:

https://hummkombucha.com/diy-kombucha-how-to-make-kombucha/

And you’re going to need a few supplies too:

https://hummkombucha.com/kombucha-tutorial-kombucha-brewing-supplies/

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