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Kombucha
As I've mentioned in my journal before, and as most people who know me are already aware, I'm a sucker for anything that says NEW on the label. Anything I haven't tried before, particularly in the realm of beverages, is irresistible to me.

runstaverun's had good finds in the past from Whole Foods, such as Sol Maté, the awesome yerba maté soda that I adored and have gone back for a few times. So he found G.T.'s Kombucha, another beverage full of... history and supposed benefits. The ingredients read as 95% organic raw kombucha, raspberry juice (he got the raspberry rush flavor), and 100% pure love. Mmmhmm. Two servings, each serving has one billion organisms of Lactobacillus Bacterium and one billion organisms of S. Boulardii. The bottle also boasts of the elixir's properties, how G.T. Dave started bottling it after it helped his mom during her battle with breast cancer, and a note not to worry about the odd "Sci-Fi" floaters. It's a handmade Chinese tea delicately cultured for 30 days, how could it be bad?

After having a bottle, he brought in one knowing I'd guzzle it down. It smells kind of like a brewery that was overdue for a cleaning. utini2, sonofman, windexcowboy, and noone7212 also gave it a try. Reviews ranged from "Better than any wine I've tasted" to "Better than you would expect" from the crowd. The smell was the worst part, beyond that it ain't that bad.
It sort of tastes like vinegar, is that normal?
The Kombucha is a cultured beverage so it does have a similar taste of a cider or vinegar. Our taste buds are so used to sugary drinks that the tart and tangy taste of Kombucha might initially catch you off guard.
Yeah, that's putting it kindly.

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Comments
slave2tehtink From: slave2tehtink Date: October 26th, 2006 10:25 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
You're braver than I, Mr. Man. I wouldn't drink any beverage that has ropy bacteria cultures floating around in it, "probiotic" or not.

Please let us know if explosive intestinal difficulties occur, yes?
kingfox From: kingfox Date: October 26th, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Moderation is key with anything in life. Your body needs nutrition from a broad variety of foods. Therefore you do not want to drink Kombucha excessively. Most people drink about one 16 ounce bottle a day, 8 ounces in the morning and 8 ounces in the early afternoon. The best thing to do is to listen to your body to determine what amount is suitable for you.
Quoted from the site. I'll be listening to my body, all right.

Luckily, due to fermentation, it might contain (up to %0.5) alcohol!
slave2tehtink From: slave2tehtink Date: October 26th, 2006 11:34 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Hopefully you won't be listening to the unpleasant gurgling of a digestive tract in rebellion! If you've any moonshine left, you might try sterilizing your digestive tract with a couple healthy shots. Y'know, to be on the safe side.

And if you don't have any, well, I've got double-distilled and charcoal filtered stuff in the freezer loosing whatever water it was clinging to, but I only give that out to people who visit. :)
kingfox From: kingfox Date: October 27th, 2006 06:44 am (UTC) (Hard link)
I still do have some of your moonshine left, kept in a dark safe place far from my standard bar. The absinthe gets displayed, the moonshine is carefully hidden.

As far as visiting goes, I've got work and classes!
mrfantasy From: mrfantasy Date: October 27th, 2006 01:13 am (UTC) (Hard link)

Kombu-whaaa?

I'm a bit of a natural food nut myself, as you know, and I gotta say, this sounds like a put-on to me.
mrfantasy From: mrfantasy Date: October 27th, 2006 01:24 am (UTC) (Hard link)

Re: Kombu-whaaa?

I think you should drink a bottle a day for several weeks and see if in fact it lives up to the incredible health claims attributed to it. I expect you to be perfectly lean, a full head of hair, perfect vision, and the whole deal.

kingfox From: kingfox Date: October 27th, 2006 05:36 am (UTC) (Hard link)

Re: Kombu-whaaa?

Wait, I've got two out of three of those already!

Want me to bring in a non-raspberry flavor for you tomorrow?
kingfox From: kingfox Date: October 27th, 2006 05:35 am (UTC) (Hard link)

Re: Kombu-whaaa?

If it's good enough for Google and System of a Down, it can't be that bad, right?
agentorrange From: agentorrange Date: October 27th, 2006 08:33 am (UTC) (Hard link)
You know I have a bunch of "JUST IN" stickers from my old job just sitting around. I'm pretty sure I could get you to drink rat poison.

BTW, what are the chances of getting you to take Halloween off from WoW and go retro on CS for a bit. It's been years since we've had a Halloween celebration and it looks like this year is a flop yet again.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: October 28th, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
I have a midterm that day, but I'll see what I can do... I don't know if I can code anything, but I should be able to provide the server-side reset if desired by the admin.
dosboof From: dosboof Date: October 28th, 2006 03:42 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
THE KOMBUCHA MUSHROOM PEOPLE SITTING AROUND ALL DAY
WHO CAN BELIEVE YOU?
WHO CAN BELIEVE YOU?
LET YOUR MOTHER PRAY...
kingfox From: kingfox Date: October 28th, 2006 05:45 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Despite being a big fan of that album (and seeing them twice on tour in support of it), I didn't even put the connecton together until after drinking it.

And, until Google finishes cleaning up YouTube, we can watch the video there.
Chorus of 12 demons || Preach it