How do I use Bio-beet KVASS? +
- Take neat as a daily health shot. Tastes best cold. Start small and slow. We recommend 1-10mls to begin with and then build up to 30mls per day, with half that amount for children.
For maximum effect consume on an empty stomach as a pre-digestive, before breakfast or before bed.
- Replace vinegar, for example in salads combine with olive oil as a dressing, when garnishing soup, risotto or pasta or blend in dips and spreads;
- Boost juices and smoothies;
- Mix with coconut water, serve cold with mineral, soda or tonic water plus a squeeze of lime juice and add lots of ice;
- Use as a starter for your own ferments, inc. sourdough - in place of wild fermentation, whey or powdered starters;
- As the essential ingredient for authentic Borscht soup (winter or raw summer borscht) – please note that when heated the probiotic benefit of Organic Bio-Beet Kvass is lost but not the nutrients.
Why do I need to start small and slow? +
Fermented foods are powerfully good for you - which means that when you first start out you can definitely have too much, too soon and as a result experience some not so pleasant symptoms as your body adjusts and responds. We regularly have people who can comfortably consume the equivalent of 5mls or a teaspoon of Bio-Beet Kvass daily for up to a month before they are ready to start increasing that amount. Our advice is to stick with it and trust your body - it wants to go slow for a good reason. Building your digestive health slowly but surely rather than blasting it with too much of a good thing is a much better way to go.
Could I be allergic to KVASS? +
Our Bio-beet Kvass is very non-allergenic and generally people won’t be allergic to it unless they are allergic to beetroot! If you have an adverse response – typically loose stools and/or feeling a bit seedy as the body detoxes – consider that you have consumed too much too quickly. If this is the case a good approach is to stop taking the Kvass altogether and allow your body to settle and normalise over a few days. Then re- introduce a small daily amount – between 1-10mls per day. Again allow your body to stabilise on this small amount of Kvass for a period of time. When you feel ready to increase the daily amount do so slowly - checking in with how your body is responding as you go.
Can I drink more than 30mls? +
Customers often say to us that they feel like drinking a lot more than 30mls. We have noticed that sometimes people have a powerful response to fermented foods. Perhaps it’s because of all those readily available probiotics, enzymes and nutrients and your body knows it and wants more! Our recommendation is to once again go with your ‘gut’. When you have built up to consuming 30 mls per day comfortably you can drink as much as 120ml or more daily. You will know when you don’t need to drink that much anymore because you just won’t feel like it.
Can I use Bio-beet Kvass as an energy or stamina drink? +
Fermented sour beverages are the original sports drinks - often used by labourers when working in the fields in times gone past. Bio-beet Kvass is very effective as a stamina drink due to the high level of Nitrates in beetroot and the ensuing bio-availability of nitric oxide in the blood. Bio-Beet Kvass will effectively increase your stamina and energy levels and won’t leave you with a low afterwards. Take approximately one hour before needed or post workout to aid recovery.
Post over-indulgence? +
The ultimate hangover cure - Bio-beet Kvass is a well known antidote for the day after too much rich food and/or alcohol.
How do I keep Bio-beet Kvass and what is the shelf life? +
KEEP REFRIDGERATED or store in a cool dark space below 20 degrees. Unopened Organic Bio-Beet Kvass has a shelf life of approximately 8 months. Once opened keep in the fridge and consume within 6 weeks. Kvass is neutrally acidified and hence preserved so won’t ‘go off’ however it will slowly oxidise as it is exposed to air which effects the taste.
Are the white flecks okay? +
Sometimes small white flecks may appear on the surface of our Kvass - this is a perfectly harmless yeast culture called Kahm yeast that can be consumed or strained off.
Do I need to shake the bottle? +
The small amount of sediment left in the bottle is part of what keeps the probiotics in our ferments healthy and happy. It is better not to shake the Kvass before use. However, you can shake our sauerkraut juice - it tends to have much more sediment and looks and tastes better after a shake.
My Bio-beet Kvass is fizzy – is that okay? +
Yes – Kvass is naturally effervescent from the carbon dioxide produced during the lacto-fermentation process. Every individual ferment is different and some are more fizzy than others while some are not very fizzy at all. The important thing to note is this does not change the quality or efficiacy of the product. Our Kvass tends towards being less fizzy with a deeper taste as we prefer to ferment for a longer time.
My Kvass is different from the last one I had? +
When fermenting every individual batch is different and mostly that does not mean that one batch is better than the other – just predictability different. In addition as we continue to develop our biodynamic culture our Kvass is changing slowly as it continues to improve. For us the ongoing process of building the quality of our ferments is what makes our work really interesting. If you are in any doubt, please contact us via our website, return your product to the store you purchased it from or come and see us at the farmers market.
Diets and allergy information: +
Our ferments are safe for most diets. They are gluten, dairy, soy, nut and alcohol free. They do not contain any artificial preservatives, colours, fillers, flavours or additives. Our kvass is also low in salicylates. If in doubt seek medical advice.
Do you use whey in the starter? +
No – we use a homemade vegetable based starter.
Is Bio-beet Kvass suitable for vegans? +
Yes - we use a vegetable based starter with no animal products.
Will Kvass set off my Candida? +
No, lacto-fermented vegetables do not set off Candida. Instead it will assist in precluding yeast overgrowths such as Candida albicans and other pathogens. If you are concerned about a Candida overgrowth It is best to avoid Kombucha and/or Water Kefir products.
Does your Bio-beet Kvass contain alcohol? +
Beet kvass is a lacto-ferment. We prepare the beets in a manner that encourages the production of lactic and acetic acid rather than alcohol. Both of us are very sensitive to alcohol and have not detected any trace amounts in our Kvass.
I’m lacto-intolerant can I have lacto-fermented food? +
Fermented vegetables do not contain lactose or casein unless a whey starter has been used. The term “Lacto” in this case refers to the lactic acid that is produced by the action of the Lactobacillus bacteria.
What about the salt? +
Sometimes we meet people who are concerned about the use of salt in lacto-fermented foods. Cultured vegetables taste salty but the percentage of salt in them is actually very low. We have experimented with our salt levels and got them down as low as we think is workable. We have even made ferments without salt - which did not taste nearly as good! We have a number of regular customers who are very conscious of their salt consumption due to health issues such as hypertension. The majority of these customers have done very well on our Kvass and some have reported improvements in their health. As an aside: beetroot is fantastic for hypertension. We use a whole food Celtic sea salt in our ferments which along with sodium has over 80 different trace minerals in it including iodine. Whole food salts are digested by the body very differently compared with the 100% bleached sodium that some of us grew up with. It is important to note that we do need salt – without it we die. A study published in the American Journal of Medicine in 2006 reads “Sodium intake of less than 2300mg (the daily recommended allowance) was associated with a 37% increase in cardiovascular disease mortality and a 28% increase of all-cause mortality”. As with most things, common sense and balance are key.
Should I drink apple cider vinegar as well as Kvass? +
Bio-Beet Kvass replaces the need for Apple Cider Vinegar.
Why has my urine turned pink? +
This is called Beeturia and sometimes occurs when you consume beetroot. It is perfectly natural and normal.
How do I travel with Kvass? +
A number of customers have successfully packed our Kvass in their hold luggage for both interstate and international travel. Generally we like the ambient temperature for our kvass to be below 22DegC - which is the case with the majority of air travel.
Do you ship interstate and overseas? +
Yes - we ship within Australia. The most economical method is to ship 4 x 750ml bottles at a time. We don’t ship overseas as the freight is prohibitive. A number of customers have asked friends to carry our Kvass for them in their hold luggage.
Can I take Kvass when I’m pregnant? +
Yes - unless your health professional has advised otherwise. We recommend Organic Bio Beet Kvass with fennel for during pregnancy and post birth for the following reasons – it is calming and soothing for the digestion, good for iron levels, nausea and anti-cramping plus great for breast milk production and relieving wind in breast-fed babies.
Can I take Kvass with antibiotics? +
Generally yes unless your health professional has advised otherwise. Antibiotics indiscriminately wipe out your gut bacteria and re-building your microbiota is a priority after you have taken them. We have no evidence as to the impact of spacing the taking of antibiotics with Kvass, however we suggest take the Kvass and leave a window of a couple of hours before or after you take your antibiotics.
Is Kvass suitable for babies and young children? +
If you are drinking Kvass and breast feeding then your baby will be getting the benefits of the Kvass. Young children only need half the adult dose – some love it, others have a sweet palate and the Kvass is a challenge to be mixed in with juices, smoothies, sparkling water, coconut water or salad dressings. Evidence suggests that new foods need to be offered to children at least 10-15 times before they will begin to like it!
Is Kvass a medicine or therapeutic product? +
Bio-beet Kvass is a fermented food rich in probiotics, digestive enzymes and nutrients with a number of health benefits as widely reported in scientific papers on fermented foods, beetroot, turmeric, ginger, fennel, etc. Like many good quality whole foods our fermented foods restore and build health by supporting your body’s awesome ability to heal itself, they are not medicines or therapeutic products. Individuals should consult their health professional for medical advice on specific conditions.
Which strains of probiotics do fermented foods contain? +
Generally strains of Lactobacillus.
Lacto-Fermentation for us is a wild and dynamic process whereby the bacteria and the environment alter and change throughout a number of very different stages. In addition to native bacteria in base vegetables are the bacteria that are symbiotic to the plant materials introduced during the starter culture fermentation process. As we continue to systematically build our vegetable based biodynamic starter and its microbiota we enhance the fermentation process so we create full and potent ferments.
Generally experts agree that the bio-diversity, the "stickability" of the probiotics in the gut along with the environment in which the bacteria live are key to building good gut health. Lacto-fermented foods provide all these qualities and much more, including digestive enzymes and nutrition. The fact that Lacto-Fermentation is an anerobic fermentation process much like our own digestive process also confers a health benefit to the consumer.
What does bio-dynamic mean? +
“Bio-dynamic” means “life force” and acknowledges that nature is both living and dynamic and much more than the nutrients we can isolate from it. Having trained in Biodynamic Agriculture we wanted to optimise the living nutrition in our fermented products by applying biodynamic principles to our process. Like many artisan food producers we believe this approach can improve the quality, taste and potency of our products. It is a method that treats the ferment as a living system that interacts with the environment including the rhythms of the cosmos - hence the Biodynamic Calendar. We use a two tiered fermentation process when making our kvass which includes the use of our own biodynamic starter culture and its microbiota plus other supportive processes for our ferments such as activating the spring water before use and using a biodynamic calendar as a guide for when we undertake certain processes.
I’m a health practitioner and interested in using your ferments as food-based support for my clients? +
We would love to hear from you. We feel that the potential for fermented foods for restoring and supporting ongoing good health is enormous and still very under-explored. At present we have a small number of clinicians who stock our products in their health practice. In our experience getting the dose right can be the biggest challenge and we would be very happy to share our experiences with interested practitioners.
How do I know which Kvass is best for me? +
There are no errors when making a selection. We have made different blends for specific requirements, but that does not mean you cannot use the whole range. Start with the one that attracts you the most and have in mind to try another blend at some stage. Each blend offers different ingredients which in turn offers different nutritional values.
IS KVASS RAW? +
Yes - our Kvass is raw and unpasteurised. We use a long ferment to ensure the product is stable but it does need to be refrigerated, especially after opening.