Kombucha Vinegar

Aktualisiert: 22. Dez 2019


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.

Uses:

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:

And sometimes we also use it to pickle some hot peppers:

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

Sources:

(1*) http://www.seedsofhealth.co.uk/fermenting/kombucha.shtml


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