June 27th, 2017

Kombucha, kefir, cider, and more! It’s not just beer that you can store and share via your BeerBox┬«. Have you tried to make any of these alternate carbonated beverages?

Ciders of course (and perry or other fruit ciders) are appreciated as an offering to your friends who are gluten free.

And it seems every health conscious person is looking for a probiotic beverage. Well, you can make your own.

Kombucha is a probiotic brewed tea. Kombucha tends to be fizzy and tart. Although we highly recommend that you don’t brew Kombucha near your beer as by nature they contain┬áspecific bacteria and yeast strains (that produce the fizz and flavor of kombucha) that would make your beer sour (which is OK if you want to contaminate all your future beers, but not if you don’t). Some possible strains found in Kombucha include brettanomyces, lactobacillus, acetobacter and saccharomyces.

Water kefir is a probiotic beverage made with water kefir grains. Water kefir grains can be used to culture sugar water, juice, or coconut water.

Milk kefir is a probiotic beverage made with either milk kefir grains or a powdered kefir starter culture. Milk Kefir Grains (once active) and Kefir Starter Culture can be used to culture dairy milk or coconut milk.