Acta periodica technologica 2006 Issue 37, Pages: 137-143
doi:10.2298/APT0637137M
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Influence of black tea concentrate on kombucha fermentation

Malbaša Radomir V., Lončar Eva S., Kolarov Ljiljana A.

Kombucha is cultivated on substrates prepared with different concentrations of black tea and substrate obtained by diluting a substrate with highest concentration of black tea with cold tap water. Qualify of produced beverages is compared with the beverage obtained in traditional fermentation of 1.5 g/L of black tea, sweetened with 70 g/L of sucrose. Inoculation was performed with 10% (v/v) of fermentation liquid from previous process, and the fermentation was carried out at 28°C under aerobic conditions, for ten days. Process of fermentation was monitored by following pH, total acids. D-gluconic acid and caffeine content. Beverages obtained in fermentation with diluted black tea concentrate had similar amounts of investigated metabolites compared with traditional one. Use of diluted black tea concentrate as a substrate needs the shorter time for the substrate preparation, which significantly saves energy.

Keywords: kombucha, fermentation, beverage, black tea concentrates, metabolites

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