In addition to homebrewed-beer, another DIY beverage trend that has developed a following in the States recent years is kombucha.
This hyped, fizzy, pungent tea has roots in East Asia, as well as a stint as a popular drink in 19th century Russia. There are different variations of the basic kombucha recipe (see the black berry infused tea above), which basically requires the use of a “mother.” This bit of fermented tea facilitates the growth of a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast that feed on sugars and give the beverage its iconic effervescence.
Drinkers oftentimes tout the health benefits of this brew, but according to Mayo Clinic, “there’s no scientific evidence to support…health claims.” On the other hand, there have been reports of “adverse effects” related to nonsterile brewing conditions. So, in short, know your kombucha’s origins before sipping.
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