What is kombucha?
In the simplest terms, kombucha is a fermented tea. It’s produced by adding a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Yeast and Bacteria) and starter culture to sweetened tea. The SCOBY feeds off the sugar and tea nutrients, transforming them into good bacteria and organic acids.
Are your kombuchas low in sugar?
Yes! Depending on the variety (see each individual label for specifics) you’ll find between just 2-4g of sugar per 100ml. We produce authentic kombucha - this means we only use raw organic cane sugar in our ferments and will never use stevia, erythritol, artificial flavours or sweeteners.
Are your drinks alcoholic?
As a naturally fermented drink our kombucha contains a trace amount of alcohol (below 1.15%) at time of bottling.
Is Mailer McGuire kombucha unpasteurised and raw?
Yes. We choose not to pasteurise our kombucha in order to keep all those excellent beneficial bacterias and live cultures that are an important part of our drink.
How should my kombucha be stored?
Mailer McGuire kombucha should be stored at a refrigerated temperature before and after opening. It may continue to ferment over time at ambient temperatures.
Is kombucha ok to drink during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
Preferences during pregnancy are very much up to the individual. Some pregnant and breastfeeding women choose not to drink kombucha due to one or some of these factors: the trace amount of alcohol in it (below 1.15%), it’s made with tea which contains caffeine (a glass of kombucha has the same amount as a cup of tea), and the fact that authentic kombucha, like ours, is unpasteurised.
However, others (including many customers of ours) have enjoyed kombucha throughout pregnancy as an alternative to wine and to appreciate the health benefits it brings. Pregnant women have enjoyed fermented products for thousands of years.
If you’re unsure about introducing something new to your system during pregnancy and breastfeeding, it's advisable to be cautious. We recommend waiting to try it or consulting with a healthcare professional.
How much should I drink?
We recommend starting with a glass a day if you've not tried kombucha before, and increasing your intake as your body grows used to it.