Ginger Bug- the care & feeding of your ginger bug

You may not have even heard of a ginger bug… I hadn’t until about a month ago. A friend and I decided to teach a class on cultured drinks (WAPF style drink- cultured with beneficial bacteria, yeasts, etc…) and one of the things we had a lot of requests for were “sodas”- fizzy, flavored drinks, made with ginger bugs. I found instructions online here and here and dove into it!

Ginger Bug- Staring, Feeding and Caring for it (and what to use it for!)

Ginger Bug- Care, Feeding and Using it!



Now… How to use it, I have several posts coming soon with more details, but here are some basic ideas:

For all of these you mix the ginger bug with your additions, cover with a lid  (these tend to build up pressure so be VERY careful with airtight bottles- possibly refrigerate before opening and I recommend opening in the sink, just in case), let sit for 24-48 hours (depending on temperatures).

When you see consistent bubbles on the sides, but it doesn’t bubble furiously when moved- you’re good to go! If it doesn’t bubble let it sit longer, if it bubbles furiously, move it to the fridge for a cool down before opening. :) Ask my hubby about the kitchen based geysers we’ve had…

I recommend a ratio of about 1/4 cup ginger bug to 1 quart of other liquid. :)

Mix with sweetened tea, sit and let culture…

Mix with fruit juices (freshly juiced is especially good), let culture

Mix with herbal teas (herbs simmered in water) for a variety of flavors including root beer.

Get some extra ideas here at Cultures for Health.

Linked up at: Homestead Barn Hop,

Have you tried a ginger bug? What did or would you use it for?

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  1. Hi Chara, I’ve heard about this and really ought to give it a try! Thanks for the detailed instructions, and thanks so much for sharing this on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, I’ve pinned it.

  2. this is interesting. Great info. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Blog Hop. We can’t wait to see what you have for us this week. The party starts at 8:00PM tonight.
    Debi and Charly

  3. Attended your class @ co-op the other day and I thought it was said to start the ginger bug with whey? Did I get mixed up?

    • Yes, a little mixed up which is totally normal for as much info as we covered. :) The ginger bug does not need whey, the ginger ale does. :) Both are on here if you want to see them side by side. Let me know if you need more info! :)

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