Does Kombucha necessarily have to have tea in it?
Can you make Kombucha practically out of anything that contains sugar, or is tea an essential element?
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Yes it does need tea - that's a critical component of what feed the kombucha starter.
you can find all sorts of information on fermentation and kombucha at the Wildfermentation.com website - even classes on how to make your own...Classes all over the country....
No it doesn't need tea. I have made it in simple sugar water and it works well (though it doesn't have the same taste). A study has been made that showed caffeine content doesn't even decrease during the kombucha process. It doesn't use it. This myth and more myths about kombucha are analysed at http://www.phoenixhelix.com/2013/03/2...