How To Make Ginger Beer (1)

Ginger beerWe have been already blessed with a few hot days in Ireland this Summer, and I don’t know how I would survive raging 19°C heat without ginger beer. It is a very fizzy, sharp-flavoured, refreshing drink and the most Summery of all fermented sodas. Continue reading How To Make Ginger Beer (1)

What is Water Kefir?

What is water kefir? Simply speaking, Water Kefir is sugared water fermented by so-called Water Kefir grains. Some people are put off by the presence of sugar, but a
properly brewed drink contains only traces of it; during the fermentation, the sugar is converted to lactic acid, carbon dioxide and other, rather harmless, substances. Continue reading What is Water Kefir?

Who is afraid of Kombucha?

who is afraid of KombuchaBeing a huge Kombucha enthusiast, I decided to dedicate a separate post to its health benefits. Because I am striving to be a proper blogger, as you may not have noticed yet, I sat down to conduct the Internet research on the topic. And this made me so confused! Continue reading Who is afraid of Kombucha?

The Secondary Fermentation: Hippie Jargon for “Put Kombucha in a Bottle”

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You can find the instructions how to make the different flavoured Kombuchas in this post by one of my favourite bloggers.
I am reblogging this because I would never ever come out with an idea like elderberry-lavender or rose-cardamon Kombucha myself.

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During my fermentation workshops, I give students samples of my various kombucha flavors before I put them to work. They always ask for the recipes so I thought I better get to it and post a bunch.

Before you can flavor kombucha, you must first brew a batch and wait for it to ferment. You can find my kombucha instructions here for the initial fermentation. The only secret to brewing kombucha is hunting down a mother or SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast), which transforms your tea into a delicious, effervescent and probiotic drink. If you have trouble finding a mother, join the very active Wild Fermentation group on Facebook and ask around. The way kombucha mothers reproduce (they have no shame), you may find someone desperate to unload a few layers of SCOBY on you.

runaway mother My mother, Etheldreda, trying to make a run for it

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