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What exactly is kombucha? (Q&A)

Kombucha is one of those things we see everywhere! And it seems to be the drink of choice in any location yogis congregate.

I posted about it on Instagram the other day and got a bunch of questions asking me to explain exactly what it is, from a Bad Yogi’s perspective.

Ask and you shall receive! Here’s an incredibly awkward explanation of what it is, where you can get it, and what it tastes like.


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    Amber Worden

    October 4, 2017 at 7:26 am

    I love kombucha! I brew my own. Someone who goes to my gym was giving away SCOBYs (“mother”s) and I got one from him and decided to give it a try. It’s great! Simply make a batch of tea, add the mother, and let it set for 7-14 days (depending on how sweet or vinegar-y you prefer). Easy peasy! I’ve flavored it a few times also. I bought a fine mesh strainer and run it through that to eliminate all the floatys – strain it once when it’s done brewing, and then again as I pour it into my glass. It’s fun – and delicious!

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    Marcela Malkova

    October 4, 2017 at 7:48 am

    What a funny video, Erin. πŸ˜ƒπŸ™ŒπŸ»

  3. Steffi


    October 4, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Omg yes lol, after one “unfortunate” experience with those floating bits I’ve taken to straining my kombucha before enjoying!

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    October 4, 2017 at 8:17 am

    I haven’t tried Kombucha but I have my own kefir culture going and I find its amazing for my immune system and keeping my digestive system functioning well.

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    Jennifer Murphy

    October 4, 2017 at 8:58 am

    I make my own kombucha… it’s so expensive in the stores and relatively easy (and not too time-consuming) to make! I drink a cup a day and feel great!

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    October 4, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Thanks for the explanation. Here in Japan kombucha or konbicha is tea that is actually made of konbu: kelp. Also healthy of course. Confucing.

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    October 4, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Yes I’ve had it, but only because someone else bought it for me. It was from a specialty brewer in a tourist town. It was ok. The floatys are weird, but it just like good apple cider vinegar. Same health benefits I would imagine.

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      Erin Motz

      October 9, 2017 at 7:17 am

      interesting! i can’t tolerate AVC AT ALL but kombucha i can handle if it’s gingery.

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    Stefani H

    October 4, 2017 at 9:46 am

    I like it but it has to be very cold for me to drink it. They have it at the stores but I prefer the one from the farmers market.

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      Erin Motz

      October 9, 2017 at 7:16 am

      i’m with you– colder is better!

  9. Linda


    October 4, 2017 at 10:29 am

    I very much disagree Erin. Not the worst Q&A you’ve done at all! I love watching quirky you explain stuff, makes me laugh and thus retain the information much more easily. You are awesome, thank you for being you!

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      Erin Motz

      October 9, 2017 at 7:16 am

      haha well thank you! <3

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    Heidi Browne

    October 4, 2017 at 10:40 am

    πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ You’re awesome!

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    Lisa Schlesinger

    October 4, 2017 at 11:24 am

    I love my bottled Kombucha from the store. I like it cold and makes me feel like I’m indulging with an adult beverage, yum.

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      Erin Motz

      October 9, 2017 at 7:16 am

      yeah! i’ve been putting it in a wine glass while i cook. it’s enjoyable! feels healthier than wine πŸ™‚

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    Kimberly Smith

    October 4, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    I just tried Kombucha and and almost gagged on this multi-green one. I am trying different flavors so we shall see! Also, can you get drunk off of Kombucha? I heard that some people get drunk off of it. I loved this Q & A!!!!!!

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      Erin Motz

      October 9, 2017 at 7:15 am

      i honestly can’t understand getting drunk on it… i guess if you’ve NEVER had alcohol before, maybe? glad you enjoyed this one! πŸ˜‰

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    October 4, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    I’ve tried it and I actually enjoy it, though, like Erin, it was an acquired taste. I am concerned about the sugar content, and it’s super expensive, so I don’t indulge often. In an effort to cut the cost – which was very effective, btw – I made my own for months.

    That thing that sits at the top is a scobe, and it’s really kind of fun once you start messing with kombucha a bit, but yes, it looks a bit alien and when I quit making kombucha and found no one near me in need of a scobe, I felt like a murder when I threw it in the trash.

    I quit making it because, again like Erin, I simply do not have the time to mess with it. It’s very time sensitive if you want to get a specific amount of “fizz” and a specific flavor, and after a few months I got tired of my kombucha running my life (and taking up most of my fridge!).

    Respect to those who make it, but I’ll get mine at the store. πŸ™‚

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      Erin Motz

      October 9, 2017 at 7:15 am

      agree! i’m getting used to the floaties now, too. i’ll drink the little ones but anything that looks like i have to chew it gets thrown out, haha

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    October 5, 2017 at 4:00 am

    I gotta agree πŸ‘πŸ» when it comes to Kombucha!! I get the ones at the store, the organic, the flavored ones… Ginger energy is my favorite!! Although I occasionally do the green healthy one — Green’s good right 🀒 LOL. But, I do get it & love it!! A funny & informative Q&A Wednesday Video Erin!! Take a bowπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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      Erin Motz

      October 9, 2017 at 7:14 am

      thanks, sandy! ginger is also my favorite!

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    October 5, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Tried it… once. Not a taste that’s worth acquiring (especially given other probiotic options). Though I’d like to try “konbicha… made of konbu: kelp” that Noor mentioned above!

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      Erin Motz

      October 9, 2017 at 7:13 am

      i’m curious too!

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    Debra Rogers

    October 6, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Ummmm….since I was the kid who would smell her food/beverages before eating/drinking, I don’t think kombucha is for me. I am not into drinking vinegar. I eat enough yogurt and take probiotic supplements. So, I hope that is enough. Yup, Bad Yogi to my core!!!!!

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      Erin Motz

      October 9, 2017 at 7:13 am

      i’m sure that’s good enough πŸ˜‰

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    October 12, 2017 at 7:14 am

    I prefer gin.

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