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"A gathering of roses
a gift of love for you
may all your days be filled with joy
and all your dreams come true"
 (unknown author)

Thank you for visiting

Colleen Allen
now Spiritdancer



"Kombucha Unveiled"
Is my own version
of an online hypertext electronic Kombucha Book.
Please feel free to download information from this site
for your own personal use.

Copyright 2000 Colleen M. Allen




Kombucha Unveiled
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Kombucha FAQ Translations

Kombucha Research Papers
And Lab Test Results

The “Worldwide Kombucha Exchange”
[Where you get a Kombucha Starter Culture]

Links To Kombucha Articles

  Links To Other Kombucha Web Sites

Links to Other Fermented & Live Food Websites

Kombucha Mailing List Information

Measures Conversion Charts

[ Countries subscribed to our Kombucha List ]

Our New Photo Album
[For Our Kombucha List Mates - Past and Present]

Thank You

[scan of me and two of my  grandbabies]
A bit about my family



Several books written about Kombucha state the first recorded use of Kombucha Tea was during the Chinese Empire of the Tsing Dynasty in 221 BC. It was referred to as "The remedy for immortality," "The Divine Tsche." It has also been referred to as "the elixer of life." It has been known by several different names, such as: Fungus japonicas, The tea fungus, Fungojapon, Kombucha, Indo-Japanese tea fungus, Pichia fermentans,Cembuya orientalis, Combuchu; Tschambucco, Volga spring, Mo-Gu, Champignon de longue vie, Tea Kvas or Teakwass, Kwassan, Kargasok Tea, Kocha kinoko, and Manchurian mushroom tea.

Much of the Kombucha  information I've presented in the Kombucha FAQ has been based on answers to questions which were posted over the Kombucha mailing list - by past and present members.

Many thanks to all contributors!





 Kombucha FAQ [Frequently Asked Questions]







Miscellaneous - part one

Miscellaneous - part two

Kombucha Colony



Health Benefit Reports - From Kombucha Drinkers

What Could Go Wrong?  Misc. Articles

Books and Sources for Kombucha Colonies

Kombucha Recipes

Research & Test Results - Past & Present

Legal - Copyright and Disclaimer


Kombucha FAQ Translations

 E. Fahlberg

Español (Spanish)
 Yoram Azrad

Portuguêses (Portuguese)

Norsk (Norwegian)

Italiano (Italian)

Français (French)


Please Note:

The FAQ's marked [**]  were translated using AI (Artificial intelligence) engines, not by human translators; as a result, the translations are quite rough. However, they still give the gist of the information.

The Kombucha FAQ's (in any language) are not for sale. They were  created for educational purposes only, and as such, are made available to any Kombucha drinker in the world who wishes to download them from this website for their own personal use.

Please email me if you would like to edit any of these Kombucha FAQ machine translations.  Your name will be listed as 'Translator'.

Thank you,
Bob Williams


Kombucha Research Papers

Lab Test results

Characterization of the Tea Fungus Metabolites
Dr. Philippe J. Blanc


Position Paper:  Microbial Cellulose
R. Malcolm Brown, Jr


Determination and characterization
of the anti-microbial activity of the fermented tea  Kombucha
C.J. Greenwalt, R.A. Ledford, and K.H. Steinkraus


Kombucha - The Rest of the Story
Norbert Hoffmann


Analysis of Teas


Research & Test Results - Past & Present
[Part 6 of the Kombucha FAQ]


 Links To Kombucha Articles

& KMI Newsletter

A Cow in Exchange for a Kombucha Culture

Are Dried Kombucha Colonies Safe to Use?

Does Kombucha Have Any Side Effects?

How to Mail a Kombucha Culture

How to Make Your Own Kombucha Tea

FDA Fact Sheet T95 - 15

Kombucha -  A Fermented Beverage With Real "Zing" In It

Kombucha - A 2000 Year Old Secret Tonic

Kombucha - by Harald Tietze

Kombucha For Children?

Kombucha Has Relatives in the Whole World

Kombucha Is a Fermented Food too!

Kombucha: Hype or Hope?

Kombucha Mailing List Information

Kombucha Manna International Newsletter

Kombucha Mythology

Kombucha Papers and Reports
From the U.S. Government - FDA and CDC

Kombucha Tea

Kombucha Tea and Individual Healing

Kombucha Tea - What's All the Hoopla?

Kombucha Toxicity Alert (Jan. 1995)

Kombucha Yeasts Fight Candida, They do Not Enourage it!

Microscopic View of Kombucha

Mother of Vinegar - or - Kombucha?

Mould on the Kombucha Culture?

Our Water--Is it Really an Elixir of the Gods?

Out With the New and In With the Old!

Up in Smoke! Tobacco Smoke and Kombucha

Sun Tea Jars

That Pesky Fruit Fly (drosophila melanogaster)

The Fascination of Kombucha

The History and Spread of Kombucha

Hot Links
To Other Live & Fermented Food Websites


Living and Raw Foods

Hot Links

To Other Kombucha Web Sites


Alt om Kombucha - E. Fahlberg (Danish)

Kombucha Manna International - Beverly B.Ferguson

Kombucha.org- Harry & Carol Brown

Kombucha Power Products - John Novar

Kombucha - The Rest of the Story - Norbert Hoffmann

Mount Nebo Herbs & Oils - Ingrid Chorba

The Happy Herbalist - Ed Kasper

The Kombucha Center Home Page - Bob Williams

The Kombucha Journal - Günther W. Frank's Web Site

WaterSprite's Kombucha Home Page - Cheryl Gelewski



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Currently there are several hundred members
from the following 64 Countries subscribed to the Kombucha List:
Our list is now starting into it's 9th year.
The first kombucha digest was sent out February 25, 1995.

Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium,
Bermuda, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ethiopia, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mexico, Mauritius, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad, Turkey, United Arab Emirates United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Yugoslavia.

Please do not email me to request a Kombucha Starter Sources can be found through the links in  Part 4 of the FAQ. Please subscribe to the Original Kombucha List to post your questions.



Thank You

Thank you for visiting my Kombucha Home Page

If you have Kombucha questions that aren't answered in these pages,
please join our Original Kombucha list and post your  questions to the group.


Formerly known as "Colleen Allen"
Former List Mom for the Kombucha List
From March  1996 - November 2000
05/10/1940 - 11/25/2000

A Tribute to Colleen
by Cheryl (WaterSprite)

Up close and personal
A little bit of myself to share with you

Me at 58 with my youngest 2 granddaughter's
Natasha Haugen [1 day old] - October 1998
and her sister Emily Haugen, [age two].

I am the birth mother of  4 [ now adults] children,
1 son - Brian Roy Haugen and 3 daughters - Patricia Ann Wilson,
Colleen Louise Tortorelli
 & Tamara Lee Haugen RN.

And Grandmother to
6 grandchildren [ 3 boys & 3 girls]
Tom Wilson Jr., Arthur Wilson, & Louis James Wilson
Emily Haugen, Natasha Haugen & Amber Dawn Tortorelli
And Great-Grandmother to Marcellus Tyler Wilson,  Age 2 years.


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Copyright  2000

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