The Fermentary

At Scoop Wholefoods we are passionate about gut health. This means eating nourishing whole foods with minimal processing, as well as supporting your microbiome with a range of pre and pro biotic foods to support optimal gut health. In addition to our wide range of bulk whole grains, beans, nuts, eeds, dried fruits and more, we offer a large variety of fermented goods including:

Kombucha

A naturally fermented tea brewed with a bacteria that in return gives the drink high levels of probiotics, resulting in a lightly sparkling tonic. The probiotic inside the Kombucha is a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, known as a SCOBY. This ferments the tea as it consumes the raw sugar it feeds off, forming useful organic acids important for health, allowing better absorption of nutrition by your body and helps break down the dietary fibre (prebiotics) in your stomach!

Water Kefir

Traditionally made in Eastern Europe this fermentation process uses ‘kefir grains’ who feed off brown sugar in exchange for probiotics, hence Kefir is lower in residual sugar compared with Kombucha and Jun. It is then infused with different fruits and vegetables to give it a distinct flavour.

Beet Kvass

Our Beetroot Kvass is fermented using Australian certified organic beetroot, filtered water, pure Australian inland salt and wild live cultures and is valuable for a multitude of reasons. It harnesses the extensive nutritional arsenal of beetroot through the traditional process of lactic acid fermentation increasing the bio-availablity of these nutrients to your body. The phyto-nutrients and betalins in beetroot help maintain proper cellular function and it has been used alongside cancer treatments and prevention. It's chelating properties help to detoxify the body while supporting the liver and kidneys. Beetroot Kvass is an excellent source of sodium, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, Vitamins A, B, C, K and folate as well as antioxidants and probiotics. We recommend starting with a 50ml shot up to twice daily for 7 days and then consume as desired.

Fermentary Faqs

How long can I keep fermented drinks in the fridge? How will I know if it has gone bad?

Without proper storage, these drinks will continue to ferment into a vinegar. We recommend storing them at the back of your fridge (where it is coldest) to slow the fermentation process down. These drinks will last in the fridge for up to five days from purchase. Once these drinks have been in the fridge for too long they may begin to taste sour. Although it may not taste as delicious as before, it is still completely safe to drink and will still contain all of the probiotics and goodness. Below are some ideas of what you can do with your fermented drinks once past the five day mark:
  1. You can use it as a salad dressing! Simply mix with a couple of tablespoons of our olive or macadamia oil.
  2. Add a few drops of essential oil like lavender or even rosewater to turn into a toner for your skin! You can even add it to some clay from our soap room to make a facial mask.
  3. Add some castile soap and a few drops of essential oil to it to make your very own hand wash.

Why are these drinks sometimes fizzy and sometimes flat?

Fermented drinks are a living product and change at different stages. As they are naturally fermented they will be fizzier at warmer temperatures and flat at a colder temperature as the cold will stabilize the bacteria. If you prefer your fermented drinks flat you can drink them straight from the fridge. If you prefer it fizzy, take the bottle out of the fridge and with the lid on let it sit for up to thirty minutes and the fizz will return. The flat or fizzy consistency does not depict whether the product is out of date or not.

How come the colour of the same flavour is sometimes different?

All of our fermented drinks are carefully handcrafted in small batches. For this reason, there are many variants that can affect the colour of the product, these include differences in fermentation time, ripeness of the fruit selected and temperature within the brewing centre at the time of brewing. These variations are proof that our fermented drinks on tap are still live and actively fermenting. A lot of supermarket brands are generally over-fermented into vinegar before being pumped full of alcohol sugars and force-carbonated in order to keep them shelf stable. This process also ensures that all batches are the same every time to cater to the mass market. Our fermented drinks greatest strength is the variation from batch to batch as a result of the natural fermentation process.

How much Kombucha (or other fermented drink) should I have per day?

An adult should have roughly 300-350ml per day and a child roughly 150-200ml per day.

Do fermented drinks contain caffeine?

The flavours that are fermented using green or black tea leaves contain caffeine. The flavours that are fermented using flowers, fruits and herbs are caffeine free. As we source fresh ingredients the flavours of our fermented drinks range can vary. Please ask one of our friendly staff at the time of purchase which flavours are currently fermented on black or green tea leaves in order to know which ones contain caffeine.

Is there alcohol in the fermented drinks?

They are estimated to have below 1% alcohol at the time of purchase from our stores. To maintain low alcohol levels, please refrigerate the product immediately when you get home.