Aktualisiert: Sept 7
Kombucha Vinegar has been with us for as long as we've been making our Bärbucha Kombucha.
It is actually a kind of by-product of Kombucha production, but we make ours on purpose, as over the time we found quite a few uses for it & otherwise we would not have enough of it.
For this particular reason we have acquired a 50 L oak barrel
Here our Kombucha Vinegar ages for 3-4 months.
Kombucha Vinegar is created when the sugars that are used to make Kombucha are broken down & as a result live organic acids are created. Those acids include "glucuronic acid, gluconic acid, lactic acid, acetic acid, butyric acid, malic acid and usnic acid" (1*)
When those organic acids are formed, two of them are more dominant than the others - glucuronic & gluconic acids. And that in effet makes Kombucha Vinegar a lot milder, as compared to a white vinegar or even apple cider vinegar, where acetic acid dominates & those vinegars have a concentration of around 5%. Kombucha Vinegar will only have a concentration of about 2%.
So how does Kombucha Vinegar compare to other types of vinegar. For one, it is a lot healthier & much better than all those dead vinegars - like white vinegar (quite often derived from GMO soy or artificially created in big vats within a half an hour time), red vinegar or fake Balsamic vinegar - usually loaded with artificial substances. Since it is a live vinegar, it is more comparable to unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar it can also be used in the same way as ACV.
So one of the first basic uses would be a Salad Dressing or a Vinaigrette. So think about the beneficial organic acids, enzymes but also beneficial polyphenols that come from the tea.
Kombucha Vinegar has also been used as a Facial Toner - helping with the skin to balance the skin’s pH and also kills bacteria that could clog pores resulting in acne & also having a peeling effect removing dead skin cells & rejuvenating the skin cells underneath. As a matter of fact some companies are already making skin products that include Kombucha Vinegar.
As a Hair Wash - used just like ACV in which the acetic acid cuts through the gunk, stripping the dull hair and returning a natural sheen. Kombucha Vinegar, although being milder also does the job. Some people use it also as a tonic after shampoo.
We use Kombucha Vinegar as s Bath Soak, along with Dead Sea salt (rich in Magnesium) & some essential oils.
Some people use Kombucha Vinegar as a Cleaner or Cleanser, especially when used with few drops of essential oil, like a lemon or tea tree essential oils which have antimicrobial properties. For that you can put it in a spray bottle & use it for cleaning & disinfecting surfaces.
You can also use it in the morning with a glass of warm water to balance your pH, just like people use lemon juice.
Just like AVC, Kombucha Vinegar can be used as a Natural Deodorant.
But one of our top favorite uses for this live vinegar is in Pickling & Fermenting.
And there are couple of reasons for that. One - we have it. Two, it contains natural tannins from the tea & the presence of tannins prevents the veggies pickled & fermented in it from going limp. So they stay crispy for months & months. One of the best examples of that is our Red Cabbage which is pickled (& fermented) in this vinegar
It goes into our Dill Pickles with Turmeric & Mustard Seeds.
We make this one for those who like cucumbers in vinegar.
It also goes into our Fermented Ketchup & Fermented Mustard:
And into Whole Onion Pickle, along with Honey, Salt & Spices:
So, almost the sky is the limit.
Our Scoby Face mask also has Kombucha Vinegar in it!
Here's a close up of the retail bottle & one of the label.
One small correction. It states on the label to keep this vinegar refrigerated. No need for that. It was a misprint that we did not catch before those labels were printed.
Ingredients: 100% Raw Unfiltered Kombucha Vinegar
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