|Myshka kitty and Synergy Gingerberry Kombucha|
If you're just checking in for the first time, I'm keeping a diary of my adventures in brewing Kombucha. Day 1 I posted an overview of what Kombucha is, Day 2-4 I posted some info on terms, and Day 5 was my tutorial on my method of brewing Kombucha.
I finally got to actually try some Kombucha on Wednesday so I thought I would share my experience here so you know what to expect if you haven't tried it before.
I also wanted to pass on this fantastic Q and A video with Hannah of Kombucha Kamp, which provides a ton of info on brewing Kombucha, Kombucha benefits, and who might have problems with Kombucha and why. Super super helpful!!
My friend Brianna brought the Bellingham Community Coop to my attention last year and and it's a great little coop not too far from White Rock, BC. They have tons of gluten free stuff, lots of uber healthy, local, natural stuff and fantastic prices. So we crossed the BC border into Washington and went to do a little bit of shopping there. We head over there because, alas, we don't really have many coops in the BC Lower Mainland. This is super sad and I don't understand why!! The West Coast is so focused on health and natural living that it's surprising we don't have more coops. I have yet to make it to the East End Food Co-op in Vancouver on Commercial Drive, but I hear it's great. Just wish it was closer!
Anyway, so we headed across the border and whilst there I picked up a bottle of Synergy Kombucha - Gingerberry flavour (flavoured with ginger and blueberry). When I cracked it open I have to confess I was a bit put off by the strong yeasty - vinegary smell. However, the taste is actually really mild. It's almost like a sparkling water, it's fizzy (oh yeah, don't shake the bottle!! I did that while driving and when I opened it, it exploded a little on my leg and hand... way to go me, super bright).
|Kombucha, Day 7 with a good layer of yeast on top|
Oh, and I recently noticed that some people have come across my kombucha postings by querying can you feed Kombucha to your cat? Well at about 24 minutes into the video with Hannah from Kombucha Kamp, she says that she mixes a little bit of Kombucha in to her dog's wet food and he's very healthy. So I would imagine that a little bit in your cat's wet food might be ok too. (Don't quote me on that, I'm not a vet or a nutritionist. I'm just putting in my two cents!)
For the rest of the Kombucha diaries, check out:
Kombucha Diary: Day 13 - Bottling and Flavouring Kombucha (blueberry mint flavoured)
Resurrecting a Kombucha Scoby
Resurrecting a Kombucha Scoby
*OAS Information: If you have Oral Allergy Syndrome, you *should* be ok with this one. In fact, an article from the Toronto NOW Magazine refers to Japanese research that suggests green tea may help ease allergy symptoms (unfortunately I can't find the exact source for this study, but here's the article).