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Kombucha FAQs

What is kombucha?
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Fizzy, bright and full of vitamins, kombucha is a lightly-effervescent probiotic drink made by combining sweet tea with something called a SCOBY. The result is a sometimes sweet, sometimes tangy and always delicious beverage known for its healthy attributes.

What is a SCOBY?
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The word SCOBY is an acronym for a Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast. The SCOBY is the culture that converts sweetened tea into kombucha.

How much alcohol is in Humm?
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According to the FDA, humm kombucha is a non-alcoholic beverage. Humm Kombucha is regularly tested for alcohol and consistently tests below the legal limit (0.5% ABV). Minors can purchase our beverage at any store or restaurant; just like other fermented foods and beverages that contain trace amounts of alcohol such as sauerkraut, kimchi, sour cream and unpasteurized orange juice.

Is Humm Kombucha safe for pregnant women?
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It is important for pregnant women to consult with their doctor with 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.

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.

Is Humm Kombucha safe for recovering Alcoholics?
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We advise recovering alcoholics to 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 health benefits of Humm Kombucha, and those who choose to steer clear due to personal concerns and experience. It is certainly a decision that should not be taken lightly.

How much caffeine is in Humm?
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14 mg per 8 oz serving. For comparison, the average green tea contains 60 mg per serving and coffee has 95 mg per serving.

Does Humm have added sugar, or sugar added after fermentation?
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We flavor many of our products with organic fruit juice after fermentation.

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

Is Humm pasteurized?
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Nope. Our kombucha is raw and unpasteurized.

Is Humm safe to drink if it is left out of refrigeration?
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Leaving kombucha out won’t make it bad for you. It can, however start a secondary fermentation and change in flavor profile and composition. Additionally, further fermentation can increase pressure in a bottle of kombucha. Keep your kombucha refrigerated below 42 degrees.

 

If you have any concerns about the quality of your Humm we recommend returning it to the store you purchased it from and getting it replaced.

Where is Humm available for purchase?
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Humm is available in every state in the country (and even some places outside of it), in everything from big box stores to truck stops. To find out where Humm is available near you, check out the link below.

https://hummkombucha.com/find-humm/

Where can I learn to brew my own kombucha?
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Brewing kombucha is a wonderful project and we’d love to help you get started! Here’s a great place to get started on 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/

What probiotics are found in kombucha?
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Because our product is raw, unpasteurized, and contains only natural occurring good bacteria, it is difficult to quantify the exact amount of probiotics in each bottle. We are currently conducting tests to have more complete information to share with our consumers when available.

 

To learn more about probiotics, read this report from the World Health Organization or look at this study of federal regulations regarding probiotics.

Still curious? View our Infrequently Asked Questions!

Everyone knows about FAQs, but what about IAQs? The questions that nobody thinks to ask. The questions you dismiss as too silly to say in public. The ‘things that make you go humm?’ Or was it ‘hmmm’? …

Can I fill my hot tub with kombucha?
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Nobody is going to tell you no. Well, perhaps your spouse or roommate or other people who share the hot tub, but certainly no one here will tell you not to. The real hangup might be cost. Your average 4-person hot tub is going to hold about 300 gallons of fluid (typically water). So even if you’re getting your kombucha at a reasonable cost, say $3 dollars for a 14 oz. bottle, that’s going to be something like … $8,228 dollars to fill your tub. Which is totally worth it.

 

Keep in mind that with a $.10 bottle deposit you’re going to get about $274 dollars back.

Can my car run on Humm?
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We would love to tell you yes. But no. No, it can’t.

 

Not yet, anyway! Look, they’ve got those cars that run on corn, right? Kombucha is way better than corn. Maybe just get an electric car and keep all the kombucha for yourself.

What happens when you take a SCOBY into space?
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By now you might be saying, “These IAQs are ridiculous! None of these things would ever happen! Who would take a SCOBY into space?”

 

We’ll tell you who. The European Space Agency, that’s who! In 2015 the ESA brought kombucha to the International Space Station in order to test what SCOBYs do in space. According to the Washington Post, “The ESA isn’t trying to turn its astronauts on to the hypothetical health benefits of drinking the pungent brew. They’re interested in the resilience of biofilms like the one used to brew the tea, which could one day be used as building materials for space habitats.” So one day we could be living inside a SCOBY? Woah!

So what happened to the SCOBY they sent into space?
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Well, it became a super intelligent being (named Mitch) who now advises NASA and the Illuminati while also sitting on Humm’s board. But the government told us not to tell anyone about Mitch, so keep that under your hat!

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