It starts when I wake up. I start thinking about the moment when I will be gulping down a bottle of kombucha. Or maybe I happen to be passing by Whole Foods, and I'll think, "I deserve it for doing X. I'll stop tomorrow" Not just any Kombucha will do. I need the Ginger GT's Kombucha. I manage (usually) to confine my addiction to week-days. During the week, I will have one, sometimes two a day. I don't think I have an addictive personality (but don't all addicts say that?). None of my other little vices seems to have this effect on me. What do you think?
I used to be addicted to GT's. I suspect it was the sugar and the little alcohol buzz it gives. Now I brew my own. Much cheaper, and I make it more sour so I only really want one glass a day at the most. I have a zillion SCOBYs to give away if anyone in NYC is interested.
Love the Kombucha conversation and all the homebrewers! Yay! :) I like what Barb said about your body craving something and that not necessarily being a bad thing, especially with the toxic diets many of us are often on.
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I drink one a day, but I don't see how it is an issues unless you are drinking the one's that add juice to it and are only %95 Kombucha. There are a variety of benefits of Kambucha and only 4 grams of sugar (from the fermentation process) in one bottle. I love the Gingerade and it's a great substitute when I am craving something other than water and/or tea.
Don't be so hard on yourself and enjoy it!!!!
My wife started brewing it and my kids are freaks for the stuff. If you were to give them the choice between [sugary-drink] and kombucha they would wipe out the kumbucha first and then ask if the other stuff can be made into it.
I am Sooooooo addicted. I got sick of buying it for 3 bucks a bottle, though, so I homebrew now. I found that brewing it with green tea instead of black and putting some fresh ginger through a garlic press and adding a little ginger juice makes it taste uncannily like the GT brand gingerade.
I am addicted. Just started brewing my own. I am on my third batch and I have nice healthy scobies! I was tired of paying for a bottle every day! It is so yummy. I haven't prefected my recipe on replicating any of the G.T.'s, but I am working on it!
+1 to all the suggestions to brew your own at home - that way, you can control the quality of ingredients and the level of sweetness (and save a TON of money!) I'm not sure if we qualify as "addicted," but my husband and I go through about 3 quarts of home-brewed ginger-pear kombucha every couple of weeks. :)
If you're interested in diy, there are lots of tutorials online. I tried to outline my own method here (see third response).
I've been brewing Kombucha few several years....I found this site very helpful: Gunther W. Frank's Kombucha Journal kombu.de website gives lots of info, instructions, and people all over the world who are willing to give away scoby's for free or postage only.
I usually only drink about 4 oz per day....and not every day.
Ick. My mom used to make this stuff when I was a kid and it tasted AWFUL. Like drinking vinegar every morning with breakfast. Yuck. And we had bunches of the kombucha in the bottom of our fridge (since it always makes a daughter when it creates a batch). ICK ICK ICK.
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