Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Using the Ginger Bug Culture



How much I love to see the sun shine through the trees in the morning...
after lots of rains

and when I walk the road from the cottage with the dogs...
the sun rays penetrate the dark shadows of trees to give an ethereal feel to the surroundings 


and to the east side of the cottage stands a tall, lovely tree I love to look at
it stands maybe at about 40 feet or so
and if you look closely, you will see a dot of a moon above
(this photo was taken earlier in the month)

but, on to the ginger beer soda making


you will need...

a half gallon of un-chlorinated water...
2 and 1/2 ounces of chopped ginger
1 cup of the ginger beer culture 
the juice of 1 lemon (or lime)
1 to 2 cups sugar (depending on your taste for sweetness)
one thing to remember is that, the sugars will be eaten by the fermentation...
and will not leave an overly sweet taste to the ginger beer
but, if it isn't sweet enough at the end of the process...
you can always add as much sweetener as you want

if you have nothing but tap water on hand...
just let your water for the soda sit for about 24 hours to let the chlorine gases escape...
before using it
I have done this and it has not been a problem for culturing soda


put the 1/2 gallon of water into a pot...
stir in the chopped ginger and bring to a boil
turn it down to low and let it simmer for about 1/2 hour, uncovered

at 1/2 hour, take off the ginger syrup from the heat and stir in the sugar
I like to use raw sugar but, you can use what you prefer
put in the lemon (or lime) juice...
and let the syrup cool down to room temperature


strain the syrup into a gallon jar and fill the jar up with water...
and add the 1 cup of ginger culture


put a paper towel or cloth over the top of the jar...
and let the soda sit from 3 to 7 days before using

this will give the soda a chance to start fizzing
the longer the soda sits, the more it will become fizzy

once you are happy with the amount of fizz you like...
you can pour the soda into bottles and store in the fridge


to get a better idea of soda making...
you can view these two videos by HerbMentor at...

part 1 of:
and:

making your own soda is not hard at all...
it is fun and much more healthier than store bought which is fraught...
with unhealthy ingredients

May your day or night be blessed in the grace of the Lord.

2 comments :

  1. This morning I was looking at my weather app and it said "Sunrise 6:40" I looked at my watch and it was 6:40, I could imagine the first little sliver of sun coming up, and I imagined it rising till in a very few minutes, it cleared the trees and started shining on me.

    Thanks for the recipie! I'm going to try it!

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  2. Thanks for this beautiful blog with nice photos. I love it. Here it's misty and cold ( Europe)

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