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Kefir and Kombucha

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 12, 2012 at 2:43 PM

I really want to try kombucha and water and/or coconut kefir but for some reason I have a hard time getting myself to try them. I think the idea of eating something fermented grosses me out. My other experiences with fermented foods are sauerkraut and kimchi - both of which I REALLY did not like.

So my question is - what do kombucha, coconut kefir and water kefir taste and smell like? Are there any store brands of any of those y'all would recommend to try before I spend the time and money making my own?

Thanks!

65bba2aa1de77b31c373c1a390c43ca8

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on April 15, 2012
at 09:56 PM

Yeah, I just googled it. It has to sit for like 3 weeks I think? But it works GREAT!

1096aa84d006fe967128ffbd37e8070e

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on April 13, 2012
at 12:53 PM

wow! I didn't realize you could grow one out of GTs! Cool!

1096aa84d006fe967128ffbd37e8070e

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on April 13, 2012
at 12:52 PM

I like the raspberry GT, and I am easily put off by smells....And if you are that easily put off, wait til you see the 'mother' when you make your own! Gag!

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on April 13, 2012
at 12:16 PM

I dont like sauerkraut but I love kimchi but so far ONLY one brand called King;s and it is sold at Publix. I love kombucha, the green one and trilogy!

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on April 13, 2012
at 05:06 AM

Second trying that kombucha first. It's delicious. The ginger-ade is awesome, and original is great too. Mmmm kombucha...

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on April 12, 2012
at 05:31 PM

PaleDel~ They have the same amount of carbs/serving. 2 g sugars and 7 g total carbs.

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on April 12, 2012
at 04:06 PM

I'm worried about the smell. I'm VERY sensitive to odors/aromas. Not sure I could try it if I open the bottle and am put off by the smell. :-(

58c33847c5b7ecbf6572075df2cdd002

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on April 12, 2012
at 04:05 PM

Ew...I don't like beer. At all. The alcohol aspect does explain why a certain acquaintance of mine was kombucha krazy though.

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on April 12, 2012
at 03:43 PM

Thanks. I didn't realize the original was lower in carbs. I usually get the Ginger-Ade, but am a little concerned with the sugar content, being diabetic.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on April 12, 2012
at 02:57 PM

Try some! You can buy GT's kombucha in most Whole Foods, Food Co-ops and health food stores. Try the "original" to keep the carbs low and get an idea of what home-brewed would taste like.

If you don't like it, you are only out 3 bucks.

6498694060d879a7960b35913539b75f

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on April 12, 2012
at 03:43 PM

Thanks. I didn't realize the original was lower in carbs. I usually get the Ginger-Ade, but am a little concerned with the sugar content, being diabetic.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on April 12, 2012
at 05:31 PM

PaleDel~ They have the same amount of carbs/serving. 2 g sugars and 7 g total carbs.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on April 13, 2012
at 05:06 AM

Second trying that kombucha first. It's delicious. The ginger-ade is awesome, and original is great too. Mmmm kombucha...

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on April 13, 2012
at 04:01 AM

GT's Synergy Trilogy is by far my favorite! it's got raspberry juice, lemon juice and ginger juice and only 2g of sugar. I found it to be the least vinegar tasting. The Raspberry Chia is pretty good too. The chia seeds making drinking the kombucha fun =]

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65bba2aa1de77b31c373c1a390c43ca8

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on April 12, 2012
at 03:20 PM

I too, was wary of trying Kombucha... I started with GT's "Synergy" in Guava. These are 95% Kombucha with 5% Fruit Juice. I got guava, because it's one of my favorite flavors, period. They do have lots of others though (here)... To me, it tasted like Guava nectar, but thinner, and slightly sour. I LOVED it!! I moved on to try some other flavors. Some of the herbal combos I liked so much, I decided to make my own! I grew a SCOBY out of a plain GT's bottle, and started brewing!! I used Oolong tea, and tried different flavors. Some mixed with cranberry juice, some with pomegranate (both 100% juice, not sweetened, organic). Others I infused with roses, hibiscus, elderberry, vanilla, etc. My two favorites were vanilla rose, and hibiscus.

As far as water kefir, I tried making that too. It was good (I did blueberry), but I didn't care for it as much as kombucha, personally. And, my only experience with coconut kefir is 1 bottle of the "Provita" that I got at Whole Foods. It was better than water kefir, I think, but I still wasn't wild about it.

1096aa84d006fe967128ffbd37e8070e

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on April 13, 2012
at 12:53 PM

wow! I didn't realize you could grow one out of GTs! Cool!

65bba2aa1de77b31c373c1a390c43ca8

(423)

on April 15, 2012
at 09:56 PM

Yeah, I just googled it. It has to sit for like 3 weeks I think? But it works GREAT!

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45e51fee7d295e523ff4134f76c3ba05

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on April 12, 2012
at 03:18 PM

I love Kombucha. I think it tastes a bit like hard apple cider or apple cider vinegar with an alcoholic twist.

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on April 12, 2012
at 03:08 PM

They taste yeasty, kind of like beer. And if your alcohol tolerance is low (like mine), you'll even get a little buzzy. Kombucha got me through many a dull work day...

I've tried several brands and GTs is my favorite. Be careful opening it, though, esp. after transporting it home. Do it over the sink to be safe.

58c33847c5b7ecbf6572075df2cdd002

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on April 12, 2012
at 04:05 PM

Ew...I don't like beer. At all. The alcohol aspect does explain why a certain acquaintance of mine was kombucha krazy though.

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on April 13, 2012
at 04:08 PM

I make my own kombucha - I can flavor it with anything I want, use different kinds of teas and vary the fermentation times so I can create a drink that is tailored to my tastes. I started with buying it in a health food store but very quickly began making my own. I make a nice cherry flavored kombucha using dried cherries for the second fermentation step, almost anyone who tries it says its great, kind of like a wine cooler. My 15 year old son drinks my kombucha daily and he has not touched soda in over 2 years, he says he can't stand soda now.

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on April 13, 2012
at 11:52 AM

Well, if you think about it, yoghurt is fermented too! I presume you've eaten yoghurt before. I do sympathise though..I find it hard to try new stuff. I am well up for kombucha ginger-ade..but offal is the one that is beyond me right now :O Good luck! :)

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on April 13, 2012
at 05:33 AM

I've found the Dr. Chao coconut kombucha to be my favorite. It's also slightly cheaper than the GT at my Whole Foods. The coconut kefir is really expensive so I don't get it that often. About 2x the price

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on April 12, 2012
at 03:50 PM

I've tried 3 or so different brands, including GT's which is pretty good. But I've found Unity Vibrations to be the absolute best. Mostly their Blackberry-Grape, just fantastic. Had to hunt around a little for a store that carried it though. They make a pretty good Kombucha beer as well. I'm pretty new to the Paleo thing, so take it for what it's worth.

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on April 12, 2012
at 03:23 PM

I have an aversion to fermented things. I've made sauerkraut and kombucha before and had to chuck them. Yuck. I guess some people just don't like it. Weirdly though, I love sourdough bread. Haven't made it in over a year though.

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on April 12, 2012
at 03:23 PM

I love the GT original, but im sure the others are fantastic too. None of the things you are looking to try are anything like kimchi or sauerkraut. I think when i tried coconut kefir it was like liquid yogurt.

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on April 12, 2012
at 03:22 PM

I think kombucha tastes like a tangy soda. It's fizzy and a little sweet. GT is a good brand.

I'm not a fan of kefir, though - I find it too sour.

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on April 12, 2012
at 03:10 PM

I've found Kombucha to be an acquired taste, and I like some flavors better than others. The smell still gets me sometimes, but I'm getting there.

58c33847c5b7ecbf6572075df2cdd002

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on April 12, 2012
at 04:06 PM

I'm worried about the smell. I'm VERY sensitive to odors/aromas. Not sure I could try it if I open the bottle and am put off by the smell. :-(

1096aa84d006fe967128ffbd37e8070e

(1002)

on April 13, 2012
at 12:52 PM

I like the raspberry GT, and I am easily put off by smells....And if you are that easily put off, wait til you see the 'mother' when you make your own! Gag!

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on April 12, 2012
at 03:09 PM

The GT Ginger is pretty tasty, imho. I make my own kefir, and I add whatever flavorings make it yummy to me--current favorite is fresh squeezed citrus + mint leaves. I didn't much like the coconut water kefir-tasted too much like a vinegar to me.

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on April 12, 2012
at 02:51 PM

Regular kefir just tastes like tart, runny yogurt. (Sorry, have not tried coconut kefir so I couldn't say what it tastes like!)

Kombucha tastes like effervescent, watered-down apple cider vinegar.

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