KOMBUCHA

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  WHAT THE HECK IS KOMBUCHA
      APPEARANCE
          HOW TO MAKE KOMBUCHA 
          USES FOR KOMBUCHA TEA AND MUSHROOMS
            BENEFITS OF DRINKING KOMBUCHA TEA
              
GETTING A STARTER MUSHROOM COLONY
                
OTHER KOMBUCHA PRODUCTS
                
  SHARING INFORMATION ONLINE
                    
KOMBUCHA AROUND THE WORLD
                      
ADDITIONAL KOMBUCHA RESOURCES


         What the heck is Kombucha

and why is there so much interest in it? These questions are answered directly at the German website of Günther W. Frank, considered by many to be the ultimate authority on Kombucha.

Kombucha is "a natural folk remedy made by fermenting tea. The kombucha culture looks like a white rubbery pancake. It is a symbiotic culture of yeast and other microorganisms. The culture is placed in sweetened black or green tea and turns the tea into a sea of health-giving acids and nutrients.  The kombucha culture  feeds on the sugar and, in exchange, produces other valuable substances which change into the drink: glucuronic acid, glucon acid, lactic acid, vitamins, amino acids, antibiotic substances, and other products.  The kombucha culture is, therefore, a real tiny biochemical factory." 
http://www.kombu.de

The kombucha culture is also sometimes referred to as the Manchurian Mushroom or Fungus Japonicas, and the tea has also been called Sponge Tea and Tea Kvass, among many other names.

One of the descriptions as to the WHY of kombucha:

"KOMBUCHA ‘The Miracle Mushroom’:  The first record of kombucha was during the Chinese Empire of the Tsin Dynasty in 221 BC.  It was referred to as "the remedy for immortality" or "the Divine Tsche."  Kombucha tea resurfaced in Japan between the wars after a Japanese visitor to Kargasok found many people to be not only unusually healthy but over a hundred years old (several were reported to be 110-130 years of age).

"The women were virtually unwrinkled, with few other visible signs of aging.  The visitor  was told the Kargasoks, young and old, drank a yeast enzyme tea daily and had done so for generations.  It was claimed the tea was responsible for their health and longevity, She was given a culture, with instructions, to take home.  She shared its use with friends, who apparently reported, after some weeks, marked differences in physical well being.  Reports included pronounced lowering of high blood pressure, fading of wrinkles and gradual beginnings of hair restoration.

"Today the tea is widely used again in Japan after once routine use by Samurai warriors. (Cultures were kept in field flasks and topped up with fresh tea and sugar periodically.)"
http://www.kombu.de

Further descriptions, some with extensive resources and information, may be found at:

http://www.micscape.simplenet.com/mag/articles/kombucha.html
[This site also offers some history and microscopic photos of the bacteria cells
(isolated), the yeast cells (isolated) and a yeast colony from a kombucha mushroom.]

http://www.kombucha.org.uk/basic-facts.html
A UK site, it includes brief descriptions of the beginnings of kombucha, its therapeutic uses, and several other categories.

http://herbsforhealth.about.com/health/herbsforhealth/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://wellmedia.com/news/week3/shrooms.html
(part of a story from The New York Times, December, 1994)

http://acupuncture.com/Herbology/Man.html
This site has extensive resources and  general information.

http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Villa/1345/Page5.html
This is a great resource site.

http://www.earthcalls.com/kombucha.htm
(includes a photo of "the bioelectrical energy field of a drop of ‘living’ kombucha mushroom tea")

http://www.users.bigpond.com/J_fersOffice/kombucharecipes.htm
A simple site, easy to read, with very helpful content.

http://www.geocities.com/NapaValley/2277/Notes.htm
This site has some simple, yet helpful,general notes, labeled "Weird Science."

"Kombucha tea - a wonderful, easy to make health drink made from black tea, sugar and a special microorganic culture. It has a pleasant taste, is very easy to drink, and is reported to stimulate the immune system and detoxify the body to effect cures in a wide range of illnesses."
http://www.links2go.com/more/www.kombu.de/kombucha.htm
This site has well-organized links to other kombucha resources.


              APPEARANCE

What does the kombucha colony look like?

 

This photo shows three kombucha colonies, the rubbery "pancake"
 that’s floated in the boiled tea and water mixture for fermentation.

http://www.kodiakenterprises.com/Kombucha.html

 

One method is to use a large glass jar for the fermentation period. 
Some use large fish bowls.

 


http://www.terminal.cz/~blackice/digissue1/features/kombucha.html

 

This photo shows a larger kombucha mushroom (they expand to
 the size and shape of the container they’re in during fermentation).


http://herbsforhealth.about.com/health/herbsforhealth/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/articles/kombucha.html


A microscopic view is shown at:
http://www.micscape.simplenet.com/mag/images/kombucha.jpg



      HOW TO MAKE KOMBUCHA

There is one basic method of making kombucha tea from the "mushroom" itself, with minor variations.  The following sites offer this information (as well as many others referenced elsewhere in this report):

http://healing.about.com/health/healing/library/weekly/aa030698.htm?iam=dp&terms=kombucha
This site has numerous links, and includes a "taste test" brewing period guide: 4 - 6 days - too sweet, not all sugar converted; 7 - 9 days - tastes like sparkling apple cider; 10 + days - vinegar taste becoming prominent.

http://www.mycosource.com/kombucha.htm

http://www.bluemarble.de/Norbert/kombucha/Recipe/recipe.htm


    USES FOR KOMBUCHA 
         TEA AND MUSHROOMS

When the tea is harvested, after a fermentation period of 7-14 days, there is a second colony (usually referred to as the "baby"), identical to the starter kombucha, also floating in the fermented beverage. In addition to being able to use this second colony as a starter for a new user, creative kombucha brewers have come up with innovative uses for extra mushrooms not needed for further batches of tea, including artistic offerings:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

http://www.ngiulini.com

See also item 7.9 at http://persweb.direct.ca/chaugen/kombucha_faq_part01g.html#BM78


BENEFITS OF DRINKING KOMBUCHA TEA

Many claims have been made for the healing properties of kombucha tea.

http://www.write101.com/kombuchabenefits.htm
This site also has a history of the origin of kombucha and recipes, including continuous brewing, rather than harvesting and starting a new batch.

http://www.chetday.com/jfast.html
This site chronicles a kombucha juice fast.

http://www.positivehealth.com/permit/Articles/Nutrition/kombucha.htm
(also has information on how and why kombucha works and lists a bibliography)

http://kombucha-tea.com/recom.htm
(Coverage includes Parkinson’s Disease, ulcers, hay fever, sinus problems, acne, migraine headaches and constipation.)

http://www.aaaimg.com/kombu/abtkom.htm
(Coverage includes asthma, blood pressure, cancer, diabetes, gout and psoriasis.)

A few sites did have negative reports:

http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/ANSWERS/ANS00650.html
(an FDA report primarily warning of the importance of sterile conditions in the brewing process)

http://www.critpath.org/alt/kombu.htm
(includes a warning for those with weakened immune systems)

The following sites offer extensive research, including refutation of the negative reports on the previous group of sites:

http://www.geocities.com/mikeroussin/papers/index.htm
This site is referenced from many others, as it is extremely informative and scientifically oriented.

http://w3.trib.com/~kombu/konnection/fda.html
(refutation of rumors of CDC reports and deaths attributed to kombucha)

http://www.hort.agri.umn.edu/kombucha.htm
(mentions the antibiotic properties of kombucha and has an extensive bibliography)

http://persweb.direct.ca/chaugen/kombucha_faq_home.html#Research

http://herbsforhealth.about.com/health/herbsforhealth/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.bawue.de/~kombucha/children.htm
This site discusses children drinking Kombucha.

http://www.ion.com.au/~iridology/Kombucha1.html

http://www.kombu.de/kombucha.htm
This site has numerous categories of helpful information, including research on detoxification through the use of glucuronic acid.

http://www.kombucha-lm.com/What_is_kombucha.htm


Testimonials abound as to kombucha’s restorative and healing qualities.

http://www.kombucha-lm.com/what_others_say.htm

http://www.members.aa.net/~jmarch/kom.htm

http://www.earthcalls.com/kombucha.htm

http://www.kombucha-lm.com/echanacea_others_say1.htm

http://www.kombucha-lm.com/benifits_of_kombucha.htm


   GETTING A STARTER MUSHROOM COLONY

The best way to get started as a kombucha drinker is to obtain a mushroom from a friend. However, there are numerous sites where a starter kit may be ordered, including the grower purported to be the first to offer it in North America, Laurel Farms.

http://www.laurelfarms.com/

www.harmonicharvest.com
This is one of my favorite sites. Oriental, Tibetan and European mushrooms are offered, and there is a large database of articles from The Kombucha Konnection, a monthly snail mail newsletter.

http://hometown.aol.com/godshaer/kombucha.htm

http://www.imcnet.net/PC_Services/buchainf.htm

http://www.members.aa.net/~jmarch/order.htm

http://www.ktea.com

Free starter kits may be ordered from:

http://happyherbalist.com

http://www.kombucha.org

http://www.kombuchaculture.com/


              OTHER KOMBUCHA PRODUCTS

For those who would rather derive the benefits of kombucha without having to brew it themselves, numerous sites offer the tea and products made from it.

http://www.bestweb.net/~om/kmi (kombucha manna drops)

http://hometown.aol.com/godshaer/kombucha.htm (bottles of kombucha tea)

http://kombucha-tea.com/weight.htm
(a kombucha/chitosan product for weight loss)

http://www.kombuchapower.com

http://www.kombu.gil.com.au/sport_d.htm
(features a sports drink)

http://www.kombucha2000.com/
(Here the tea is sold in beer-like bottles.)


             SHARING INFORMATION ONLINE

For devotees with questions or wanting to share their experiences, there are many message boards, mailing lists and newsgroups:

http://www.tile.net/lists/kombucha.html

http://www.onelist.com/subscribe.cgi/kombucha

http://discserver.snap.com/Indices/46373.html

http://www.isleofavalon.co.uk/local/kombucha/webforum.cgi?forum=kombucha

http://www.remarq.com/read/1696/qAtXrkD4EhzEAAAAA?idx=0&si=msg&q=%2Bkombucha&srn=FIRST
This posting included a kombucha-related song, from the alt.support.crohns-colitis newsgroup.

http://www.remarq.com/read/11205/q_HcQ5oLwgbQAAAAA?idx=0&si=msg&q=%2Bkombucha&srn=FIRST
In the alt.tifty-plus.friends newsgroups, newcomers to brewing kombucha discuss the process.

http://www.remarq.com/read/mushroom/q_TEe2NLzECAAAAAA?idx=0&si=msg&q=%2BKombucha+%2BMushroom&srn=FIRST
This discussion at alt.drugs.mushrooms includes a long list of other names for kombucha.


         KOMBUCHA AROUND THE WORLD

There are numerous foreign language sites dedicated to kombucha:

http://www.kombucha.go.ro/ (Romanian)

http://persweb.direct.ca/chaugen/kombucha_faq_home.html#Translations
(six languages)

http://www.kombu.de
(22 languages)

http://www.aei.ca/~kombucha/bienvenu.htm

http://www.urtegartneriet.dk/kombucha.htm

http://www.wunderpilz.de/

and may be translated online, free, at:

http://babelfish.altavista.digital.com

http://www.infoseek.com


    ADDITIONAL KOMBUCHA RESOURCES

If this Internet Kombucha Guide whets your appetite for further information, books and videos may be ordered from:

http://www.gatewaybooks.com/kombucha/

http://www.aei.ca/~kombucha/bookordr.html

http://www7.concentric.net/~Mando/bookreviews2/ktfyhah.html

http://w3.trib.com/~kombu/books1.html

http://members.xoom.com/kombucha/bookordr.htm


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