DIY Ginger Bug and Lacto-Fermented Soda

| 2/28/2013 4:58:00 PM

Tags: ginger bug, lacto fermented, lacto fermentation, natural, diy soda, fermented foods, Sarah Cuthill,

Natural soda? You heard me! We are going to MacGyver some honest to goodness soda out of nothing but a ginger root, water, sugar, fruit juice and a paper ginger bug sodaclip. Okay. No paper clip. But still, this is going to be pretty gosh darn amazing. 

In order to make our own natural soda, we are going to first need to make a soda starter culture known as a “ginger bug”. We will then use our ginger bug to make a carbonated soda with pronounceable ingredients and no preservatives. Why? Because it is fun and even slightly mad. That’s how we roll. 

What is a ginger bug? It is basically a lacto-fermented culture for making soda such as ginger beer. It can also be used in combination with any juice to make flavored sodas such as: orange soda, grape soda, root beer, and cherry soda. The lactobacillus bacteria, naturally present in the skin of ginger root, converts lactose sugars into carbon gas (bubbles) and lactic acid and even makes up a small portion of the gut flora aiding in digestion in humans. It helps to create soda pop you don't have to be afraid to give to your children --always a plus in my book. 

You will need: 

• 1 organic, fresh, whole ginger root with the peel/skins intact (not ground, not crystallized) 

• unprocessed sugar (rapadura or sucanat; sugar still containing its minerals and molasses) 

12/5/2013 10:30:37 AM

I started this a couple days ago... is it suppose to have a film on top? It did and it had a 'mold' smell... so, sadly, I tossed it out... What did I do wrong? Anybody live around Rigby Idaho that would be available to look at what I am doing wrong? LOL... I Know, wishful thinking

11/25/2013 8:31:06 AM

the writer should explain how a weather instrument( barometer) can tell us the amount of alcohol 0

9/11/2013 8:35:43 PM

So how do I go about getting that mango wine recipe from you? :)

6/4/2013 8:52:16 PM

The ginger bug is a perpetual starter. As long as you feed it sugar and ginger root at least once a week (if it is going strong, more if it is not) then it can stay active for a very, very long time. Every time you use it, just refill the water you used and if the jar gets overcrowded with chopped ginger, scoop some out and compost it. Easy peasy! I also have a recipe for rootbeer (sarsaparilla) on my website under the DIY Projects page: --Sarah Cuthill

alison pope
3/22/2013 7:36:38 PM

Hi, thanks, this sounds great! What ingredients does one use to create rootbeer flavour?

3/20/2013 11:23:00 AM

How long will the ginger bug be useful? Can I keep it going endlessly or do I toss it after a certain period of time? I'm really psyched to try this. I think my kids are going to love it! Thanks

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