My husband has a soda addiction that he has been trying to curb. So I decided to try and make my own lactofermented soda sweetened with stevia for him.
Kumquaty Ginger Beer
2-3 tbs of ginger minced
1 cup 1 tbs sugar
2 cups filtered water + water to fill container
2 lemons rind and juice
1 orange rind and juice
2 tbs ginger powder
2 liter plastic bottle (i chose to use plastic this time since this is my first time making it and I’m a little afraid of the glass bottle exploding)
Start the ginger bug:
In a glass container add 1 cup of water, 2 tsp of minced ginger and 2 tsp of sugar. Stir. Cover with a coffee filter using a rubber band to keep it on. Swirl 1x a day and every other day add another tsp of ginger and sugar until you see a white film. It’s cold in the house since it’s winter so after 2 days I put it in the oven with the light on and by the end of the day I had a nice film on the top.
Make the syrup:
In a small pot add 1 cup of water. 1 cup of sugar. the rest of the minced ginger, ginger powder, lemon and oragne juice and lemon and orange peel. (if your fruit is not organic boil some water with a splash of vinegar and dip the fruits peel on into the water using a slotted spoon. Take out and rub with a dry cloth to get the wax and pesticides off to the degree possible). Let water come to a boil. Stir occasionally to make sugar sugar dissolves. Turn off and let cool to room temperature.
Add the ginger bug and cooled syrup into the 2 liter container. Fill to 1 inch of the top with filtered water. Twist top on tight and put in a non drafty corner. Squeeze bottle every other day to see if the pressure has built up in the bottle from the fermentation.