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Grated Ginger For Making A Ginger Bug
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Ginger Bug Recipe

This is a ginger bug recipe that will help you make a ginger bug starter for use in naturally fermented sodas.
Course: Ferment
Keyword: Ginger Bug, Starter Culture
Author: nourishingtime.com


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 pound fresh ginger (preferably organic, with skin)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (approximately)


  • Put a cup of water in your jar, and add 3 tsp grated ginger and 2 tsp
    of sugar and stir, stir, stir! You want to incorporate LOTS of bubbles.
    If you just slice the ginger finely, it will still be OK.
  • Add 3 tsp ginger and 2 tsp sugar every day, and stir as often as you can.
  • Once your bug starts to fizz, you’re almost there! I suggest closing the jar at this point.
  • Keep repeating Step 2 until it’s really fizzy and hisses at you.


Sugar: I use brown sugar, but you can also use white. If you choose to use white sugar, I suggest adding a few drops of molasses as well.
Closing jar: Closing the jar during fermentation allows the bubbles to get trapped inside. It can help you determine if your starter is progressing properly.