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LH 28: Fermenting Soda with a Ginger Bug

Welcome to Episode #28 of the Living Homegrown Podcast!

In this episode is all about how to ferment your own home brewed Ginger Ale using a ginger bug.

What is a ginger bug???

It is a wild yeast starter that helps you create your brew. Listen in for ALL the details or read the transcript below.

In this episode, you learn:

  • The benefits of homemade soda
  • What a ginger bug is & how it is used
  • How to do a wild fermentation with 3 simple ingredients
  • What organic sugar I recommend
  • The exact steps to creating ginger ale
  • How to create a fermentation rhythm
  • Bonus tips for fermentation success

Resources & Links Mentioned:

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Blog Post on Making Ginger Ale – with photos

Sucanat Sugar*

Flip Top Bottles – Clear*

Flip Top Bottles – Brown*


For further Reading:

Wild Fermentation* by Sandor Katz

The Art of Fermentation* by Sandor Katz

True Brews* by Emma Christensen

Homemade Root Beer, Soda or Pop* by Stephen Cresswell



Click here for the full transcript for Episode #28


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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.