There was a great article about GT, the guy who make’s GT’s Kombucha, in a recent issue of LA Times Magazine. It’s an interesting look at the United States’ modern Kombucha guru.
I have a couple of my own comments about the article. First off, the reporter is obviously upset that she can’t see GT’s brewing operation because she makes repeated reference to the fact that GT won’t let her see it. Kombucha is strange, even to the initiated and I understand GT’s need to protect the Kombucha. Not to mention protect his brewing secrets.
Secondly, she brought up the whole Iowa incident when she writes, “However, skeptics note that home-brewed kombucha was implicated in the death of an Iowa woman in 1995, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study.”
Here is a link to an article about it on the CDC website. If you read this whole article, there was never any connection made between either of these 2 women’s illnesses and Kombucha consumption. This type of ignorance is really frustrating to me. It also makes me angry when manufacturers of different types of Kombucha products infer that brewing it at home is not a safe practice. Kombucha has been used as a folk remedy for thousands of years, which means people have been making it at home for thousands of years.