In this episode of Easy Upgrades, you will learn how to create your own Ginger Bug, which is the starter culture you can use to make your own naturally sweetened and fermented homemade Ginger Ale soda!
Grate 1-2 thumb- or TBSP-sized pieces of fresh, non-irradiated ginger (organic).
Add this to a 500ml jar with 1-2 TBSP of your choice sugar - can be an unrefined palm sugar or an organic dark cane sugar like Sucanat.
Fill jar to near the top with water and cover with a loose cloth or cheese cloth.
Let sit for 2-5 days while stirring the mixture each day.
You should notice small bubbles form and an appearance and slight smell and taste like it is beginning to ferment.
After your Ginger Bug has sat for a couple of days and it seems like it is active, you will create 1 L of ginger tea.
You can use fresh or dried ginger, and make the tea as mild or as strong as you like.
Let it cool, and then sweeten to taste.
Strain ¼ cup of the liquid out of the Ginger Bug, leaving the grated ginger behind.
Add this ¼ cup to your sweetened ginger tea, stir, and then transfer to flip-top bottles.
Seal and let sit on the counter for 1-3 days as they go through a secondary fermentation in the bottle, culturing the drink and bringing a natural carbonation to your drink.
BE CAREFUL WHEN OPENING as pressure may be built up in the bottle due to fermentation.
You can check the progress of the fermentation by carefully checking the pressure of your soda each day. When ready with bubbles and fizz, transfer to fridge to be able to enjoy chilled.
Article by Malcolm Saunders
Founder: The Light Cellar, Calgary, Canada
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