KOMBUCHA HAS SMALL AMOUNTS OF ALCOHOL
How Much Alcohol Is In Kombucha?
If you have a sensitivity to alcohol or if you are trying to avoid it altogether, it’s essential to know that kombucha does contain small amounts of alcohol. The typical alcohol content of kombucha, while usually on the lower end, ranges from 0.25%-1.00% A.B.V., sometimes a bit higher. This range is relatively standard for homemade kombucha. Side note, you can’t get drunk from this low range, we covered this question before, Can you get drunk from kombucha? Store-bought kombucha in the U.S. is considered non-alcoholic and is required by law to be 0.5% A.B.V. or less. Here in the United States – all beverages are required by federal law to be at or below 0.5% A.B.V. to be considered non-alcoholic.
KOMBUCHA HAS CAFFEINE
How Much Caffeine Does Kombucha Contain?
Well? It depends. Each kombucha brew is slightly different. For store-bought kombucha, we’ve seen it range from as little as 7 milligrams to as much as 80+ milligrams of caffeine. A typical cup of coffee contains 100 milligrams of caffeine while decaf coffee contains about 7 milligrams of caffeine. Yes, decaf coffee has caffeine. For additional comparison purposes, here is a useful caffeine content chart for many popular drinks. If caffeine is a concern of yours, you may want to drink kombucha in the morning as opposed to night. For store-bought kombucha, you can determine caffeine content from the label or the brand’s website. Homebrew kombucha caffeine content can be estimated by the tea leaves used. For example, an 8 fluid ounce serving of black tea can have 25 to 48 milligrams of caffeine. The caffeine content varies with tea leaves. The 3 main factors are teas origin, processing technique, and brew time. Also, keep in mind that during the fermentation process, the kombucha culture or SCOBY reduces the caffeine content as it ferments. So while your brew may start with 35 milligrams of caffeine, the final caffeine content will be lower. You can find more on this on our post on kombucha caffeine levels.