What Does Water Kefir Taste Like?
One of the many questions I receive when they see the "Wall of Thirst" (my tapping system of fermented drinks) I have set up at market is "What's the difference between kombucha and kefir?" There are several differences that you should know. ⠀
From a production standpoint, kombucha is simply just fermented sweetened tea. So in order to make a healthy bacterial-enriched drink you need 4 things: tea (probably black tea), sugars (food source), water (the "playground"), and a SCOBY (a combination of bacteria and yeasts). By mixing these things together, I like to say it's a "play date" of probiotics. The SCOBY hangout at the playground eating the sugars and the caffeine from the tea, all the while producing yeasts and a bit of alcohol for us to consume. It has a distinctive taste of something sour or tart or vinegary which comes from the production of acetic acids. Simple, right? ⠀If you want to learn more, listen to or download the podcast, click the link.
Kefir on the other hand only needs three things: sugars, a liquid, and the fermentation culture. When hearing the word kefir, many think of dairy, but you can actually make kefir using any type of liquid, so not all kefir is dairy. The bacteria and cultures feed on the sugars to create a probiotic drink you can flavor and make tasty. ⠀
So what are the differences? Kombucha has a more vinegary taste whereas kefir is simply a more mild sweet level. Although both have beneficial yeasts and bacteria, the amounts are different in each and give it their different flavor profiles. I like to say kefir is more of a "probiotic" drink and kombucha is a more well-rounded drink. Try both. Drink both. You'll find that once you find a tasty fermented drink, it's hard to not drink them and include them in your diet.⠀
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Jared Toay, aka. the "Digestion Dude" or "Mad Scientist" has actively been promoting the importance of gut health and digestion for more than 5 years. A weight loss researcher, bodybuilder, and creator of a wide variety of fermented foods and drinks, he has had a lengthy journey on his way to healthy living. As an accomplished author and speaker, he has found that the best way to be awakened to our full potential inside and outwardly to the world is through strengthening the gut and brain connection. If you are ready to experience why you are such an amazing human, be sure to follow him on all his social media platforms where you hang out.
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