Follow our series on how to make your very own soda starter, known as a “ginger bug”, from scratch! Join in on the fun and let’s see if we can have our own custom flavored sodas in the next week or so.
I think we’re just about ready. I didn’t hear the ginger bug bubbling before I stirred it, but it is really fizzy looking and smells a little different today. It doesn’t smell bad. Quite the opposite. Instead of giving off a ginger aroma like previous days, the ginger bug now smells faintly like sugar. I has a very light sweet smell. Not sure what that really means in the grand scheme of things, but usually different is good.
This is an awful photo, but hopefully it gives you an idea of how cloudy the ginger bug is right now. You can barely see through it even when holding it up to the light. This photo also gives you a good idea of what our living room ceiling looks like. Knotty pine folks.
* add 2 teaspoons of rapadura and 2 teaspoons of finely chopped ginger root
* gently stir
* this evening, give the ginger bug a second gentle stir
Tomorrow get ready to make soda!
Tomorrow you will need: a gallon glass jug or jar, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, ginger root, rapadura or white sugar, and 1 gallon of de-chlorinated water.
Need a gallon glass jar? When making sourdough starter, a reader mentioned using a large gallon-sized glass pickle jar from Costco. Think big. You can also ask local bakeries or restaurants… the worst that can happen is they will look at you like you’re crazy.