Frequently Asked Questions / by Alex Ingalls

WHAT IS PILOT KOMBUCHA?

Kombucha is a naturally carbonated, cultured beverage made out of a sweet tea base. Filled with B vitamins, probiotics, and antioxidants, kombucha makes a healthy alternative to soda and other sugary beverages. All of our kombuchas are made in small batches in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, with organic & local ingredients. We consider our brews to be a gateway beverage, lacking the signature vinegary taste characteristic to other brews on the market. Because of our lighter flavor profiles we have seen many converts turn kombucha into a part of their daily routine. It has been known to provide relief for everything from gastrointestinal distress to acne! A lot of this is anecdotal but there have been studies done and we encourage you to do some independent research, give it a shot, and come to your own conclusions. Either way, a few extra vitamins couldn't hurt.

IT'S FERMENTED, SO IS THERE ALCOHOL?

Like other fermented products there is some residual alcohol in the finished product. Ours falls below .5%, or about the same as a non-alcoholic beer. The process of fermentation for kombucha is like the circle of life. The yeast in the culture eats the sugar and creates alcohol. The bacteria then eat the alcohol and create acetic acid, which is what gives it that vinegar-y tang we all know and love so much. So yes, there is some alcohol, but regulations stipulate that it must be below .5% or be classified as beer or wine. We strive to stay well below that limit. 

WHAT ABOUT THE CARBONATION? 

Soda-like carbonation is not native to kombucha without bottle conditioning or force carbonation (like a Soda Stream). We bottle condition all our flavors, so the carbonation you're seeing is a natural product of fermentation - the culture gives of CO2, which escapes during the initial 2 week cycle but gets forced into the liquid once it is bottled and capped. 

IS THERE SUGAR IN IT?

We like to say that the sugar is for the culture, not for you. All kombucha is made with sugar - the culture needs it to eat and thrive. That's what creates all those great B vitamins and organic acids like aminos! Any residual sugar you get in the finished product is from the fruit juice added at the bottling stage after the initial fermentation. Please see our flavor lineup for more detailed nutritional information.

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