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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Homemade Ginger Beer

My DH has always liked soda. But since He has been at home a lot more and on the road a lot less...he rarely drinks it since it is not something we keep at home. He does prefer to have flavored drinks to good ol' clean water (like the kids and I drink regularly). I would get him treats from the health food store or co-op from time to time of natural sodas, but those are NOT prudent choices when it comes to responsibility in the budget! So I try to come up with healthy alternatives for him. He really appreciates my teas, especially when I out a little honey or agave in them. This is how to make Lactofermented Ginger Beer (its like root beer not alchohol).

This was my latest experiment, the info is from the folks at Learning Herbs.com. You can check them out at their web site or on YouTube. This is video lesson instruction is done in 4 segments; 2 on making the culture and 2 on making the soda. (These were freebies on YouTube.) I was on the Herb Mentor forum when someone mentioned liking these, so I thought I would give it a try this week since I have lots of Ginger in the fridge. (Although I had to go buy sugar) We were very pleased with the results. It was remniscent of Kombucha...but much better tasting in our opinion. It is not sweet at all, I believe the culture eats it up like the kombucha in the fermentation process. It is VERY refreshing in the summer heat. I think this could be something that we could "keep on hand".


CarmenV said...

Shalom Pamela, this is definitely something I would like to try, in fact I know my 15 year old son will want to try making at least the ginger drink. Thanks so much for sharing! I love cold ginger tea with lemon, this will be another healthy drink to add.


Michelle said...

I am for sure going to have to come back to this one ~ I love Gingerade (kombucha). Thanks for sharing!

Traci said...

Pamela, I have a question...I am wondering (in light of Passover being soon) about our fermented drinks such as kefir and what you mention here. I have recently purchased kefir grains and just found that they have "natural" or wild yeast in them...is this something that needs to be put out of the home during Pesach, would you say? I'm going looking now for what to do...

Blessings to you hope you are all feeling better.


Mommy Set Free said...

Hi Tracy,

As for our house :-).... After much research prayer and few years of processing. We have come to the conclusion (unless YHVH corrects us!!) That this feast is BREAD specific in its command regards to leaven. There is no mention of obstaining from beverages of any kind. (Including wine! As we know was a staple in the culture and fermented.) So we do not treat our fermented beverages the same as our natural leaven (sourdough) and yeast. That was not always the case but with further study, reflection and prayer that is where we have arrived (to date). :-) This is a "disputable matter" and we know people who do include their beverages in thier obeservance of the Feast of Matzah.

Traci said...

Thank you very much for taking the time to share what you have learned.

I found a pretty good article that was also helpful. It's hard to find good info. on these matters sometimes.

Blessings and thanks again.