How Long Kava Is Good For

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When people make kava for the first time one of the most important questions they ask is “how long is this kava good for?” Well, it all depends on the temperature you are storing the kava at. Here is an answer as to how long kava is good for.

Kava can be good for multiple days if stored properly. At room temperature, kava will start to go bad after about a day. If you store kava in your refrigerator then it can stay good for around 3 days. If you freeze the kava then it can remain good for a week or more.

The team here at Kava-Bula normally stores their kava at home in their refrigerators when not drinking it. This keeps their kava good for several days and allows them to drink it when it is convenient for them. Here is an answer to how long kava is good for at 3 different temperatures.

At Room Temperature Kava Will Start to Go Bad After About a Day

If after you are done brewing your kava you keep it out at around room temperature then it will start to go bad around one or two days later.

After a couple of days of leaving your kava out, it will start to go bad. You can tell this because the kava itself will start to smell musky and begin to turn a lighter form of green.

This is because the kava will get bacteria in it which thrive in the kava water. Kava does not go bad because of the kava itself but rather by the things that end up in the drink itself.

This is why when we make kava we often put a lid on the excess immediately after we finish brewing it. This protects the drink from anything that can fall into it and start to contaminate it.

In a Refrigerator Kava Will Stay Good for Around 3 Days

If after you finish making your kava you instantly put it in a refrigerator you can expect the kava to stay good for upwards of 3 days.

This is our favorite form of kava storage here at Kava-Bula. When we visit clients around the U.S we often will teach them how to prepare just enough kava for their guests and how to store it after. Normally kava that is stored in a refrigerator at around 40 degrees Fahrenheit will stay good for about 3 days. Any longer and you run the risk of the kava smelling a bit weird.

The best way to store kava in a refrigerator is to place it in a climate-controlled box. Most modern fridges come with a separate box that is normally located on the bottom. Here humidity can be controlled. When placing the kava in this bin make sure your humidity is set to low and the kava has a tight-fitted top. This will ensure maximum protection.

If You Freeze the Kava It Can Be Good for a Month or More

Here is the secret to making kava for large groups of guests. After you finish making each batch send it to the freezer to keep it good for a month or more.

When you are thinking about how long kava is good for the maximum amount of time kava should be good is around 2/3 months when being frozen. We here at Kava-Bula have never experimented with any time longer than this and we don’t recommend it as it started to smell funny even after being frozen.

When you are considering freezing your kava to keep it good for as long as possible make sure you leave enough space in the container to account for the expansion of the frozen water. We can’t tell you how many times we have forgotten about this and came back to find one of our kava jugs exploded in the freezer.

Storing your kava in a freezer will make sure that it remains good for 2/3 months. When you finally take your kava out of the freezer and let it thaw out make sure you stir it a couple of times as the kava will have settled down to the bottom during the freezing process.

How Long Is Kava Powder Good For?

If you have not mixed in the kava powder or root into the water yet then it should stay good for 2 years if you store it properly.

The best way to store kava powder is to place it in a dark, cold, and non-humid location. This will ensure the kava remains the most potent for several years to come. This is why we always recommend only mixing enough kava powder to serve the immediate amount of guests or your personal usage. It is much easier to store kava powder than the kava drink itself you know.

Our favorite place to store kava powder for years is in either a cabinet in our house or in the refrigerator. So long as the kava powder has an airtight lid then you won’t have to worry about it going bad for an extremely long time.


That’s about it to knowing how long kava is good for. So long as it is stored at a proper temperature then the kava will stay good for several days to several months.

As always it is important to remember that kava is a cultural drink. We always say ‘Bula’ before we drink our kava because it toats to those around us and to our local community. So Bula to you!


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