After three days of fermenting, I decided the ginger beer soda looked fizzy enough to bottle. What is fizzy enough? I am not too sure since this is my first batch, but I let the ginger beer soda ferment until there were bubbles on the surface and it made a fizzy noise when I stirred it. I like to use real technical terms here like “fizzy”.
• Clean Your Bottles and Equipment: Wash all your equipment and bottles with soap and hot water, and thoroughly rinse.
• Use Bottles Meant For Carbonation: Only make fermented sodas in bottles intended for carbonation. Soda bottles and glass swing-top bottles are specifically designed to withstand the pressure of carbonation. Other bottles, even the original container the cider came in, can break or shatter under the pressure.
• Refrigerate When Carbonated: Test for desired carbonation and sweetness every day and refrigerate the soda as soon as it gets to where you like it. Refrigeration puts the yeast on hold and prevents the soda from over-carbonating. There is some margin for error here, but left un-refrigerated, the pressure will continue to build and the bottles will eventually break.
All that safety stuff aside, I didn’t follow one of these steps… The cleaning part is pretty important though. I did that. Not all of the bottles I used were meant for carbonation. I used four carbonated keifer drink bottles (which is similar to what I’m putting back in it), one thick mason jar, and one pasta sauce jar. I hope the pasta sauce jar makes it, but I wouldn’t be incredibly surprised if it ends up breaking.
Hopefully by my next batch, I will have ordered my super professional “brewing” bottles with those reusable ceramic flip-caps. They are about $30-50 for a dozen 16 ounce glass bottles on Amazon, so I want to be sure I like this type of lacto-fermented soda before I spend good money on supplies. In the mean time, I will be setting these potential hazards in an enclosed cooler in the living room to keep any explosions/spills/messes contained. They will sit out at room temperature for anywhere from 1-10 days and then they will be carbonated and ready for refrigeration or consumption!
How to Bottle Your Lacto-Fermented Soda:
1. Thoroughly clean bottles.
2. Pour or funnel activated soda into bottles leaving 1-2 inches of head space.
3. Seal with the cap.
4. Test daily until your preferred carbonation level and sweetness level has been reached.
5. Refrigerate for up to two weeks or consume immediately!