Understand the alcohol content (ABV) of Kombucha?, and whether you can find an alcohol free alternative

What is Kombucha?

Kombucha is a fermented tea beverage that has gained popularity for its potential health benefits and unique taste. It is made by fermenting a mixture of sweetened tea with a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, often referred to as a “SCOBY.” During the fermentation process, the bacteria and yeast consume the sugar in the tea, producing organic acids, enzymes, and carbon dioxide.

The resulting beverage is slightly effervescent with a tangy, slightly sweet, and acidic flavour profile. It can vary in taste depending on the brewing process and the added flavours, such as fruits, herbs, or spices.

Kombucha is believed to have originated in East Asia over 2,000 years ago and has been consumed for its potential health benefits. It is often praised for its probiotic content, which may promote gut health and digestion. Additionally, kombucha is a source of antioxidants and may have antimicrobial properties.

While kombucha can be enjoyed as a refreshing beverage, it is important to note that individual reactions may vary, and some people should exercise caution, such as pregnant women, those with compromised immune systems, or individuals with specific health conditions.

What is the Alcohol Content in Kombucha?

The alcohol content in kombucha can vary, but commercially available kombucha typically contains less than 0.5% alcohol by volume (ABV). This low alcohol content is a result of the fermentation process, where the yeast converts sugar into alcohol. However, most kombucha manufacturers take steps to control the alcohol levels and ensure they remain below the legal limit for non-alcoholic beverages.

It’s important to note that homemade or small-scale brewed kombucha may have higher alcohol content if fermentation is not properly controlled. In some cases, home-brewed kombucha can reach levels above 0.5% ABV, similar to a light beer. For this reason, individuals who are sensitive to alcohol or those with certain health conditions may want to exercise caution or choose commercially produced kombucha with lower alcohol content.

If you are concerned about the alcohol content in kombucha, you can check the label or contact the manufacturer for specific information about a particular brand’s alcohol content.

Wise Bartender Logo Sidebar
Latest Reviews
Good Karma Chakra

British hopped pale ale using hops Northdown and Ernest. With Pine, spice and fruity flavour

Northern Monk Holy Faith

Alcohol-Free Hazy Pale Ale hopped with Citra, El Dorado, and Simcoe. Holier than thou.

Ticket Alcohol Free Lager

The world's first alcohol free lager infused with lager. It's paired with lemongrass for even more flavour and aroma creating a strong Asian vibe.

Mash Gang x Vault City – Only In Dreams

Only in Dreams is the first release in a six-part collaborative series between Mash Gang & Vault City. Our sour summer begins with a tangy twist on a classic cocktail, balancing sweet tart flavours with a little spice.

Gloucester Brewery Zero Gravity

At 0.5% ABV, this IPA still packs a punch in terms of flavour, bursting with tropical fruit notes from huge additions of Citra and Galaxy hops.