Gut Healthy Fermented Ginger Ale

Homemade fermented ginger ale, crafted with a lively ginger bug starter, offers a zesty and effervescent twist on the classic soda. It’s a great healthy alternative to soda, since it contains no refined sugar and the fermentation process gives it some gut healthy probiotic bacteria! 

What is Fermented Ginger Ale

Homemade fermented ginger ale using a ginger bug is a traditional method of crafting a fizzy and flavorful ginger beverage. The process begins by creating a ginger bug, a naturally fermented culture of ginger, sugar, and water, which acts as the fermenting agent. This living culture is then combined with fresh ginger, sugar, and water in a fermentation vessel, where it undergoes a natural fermentation process over several days to develop its characteristic tangy taste and effervescence.

As the ginger ale ferments, beneficial bacteria and yeast from the ginger bug consume the sugars in the mixture, producing carbon dioxide gas which creates the carbonation. The result is a homemade ginger ale with a delightful balance of spicy ginger flavor, subtle sweetness, and a pleasant fizziness. This homemade version offers a healthier alternative to store-bought sodas, as it’s naturally probiotic-rich and free from artificial additives.

Why You’ll Love Fermented Ginger Ale

  • Natural gut healthy probiotics. This ginger ale uses a starter culture and fermentation to create carbonation, so you get some gut-healthy probiotic bacteria.  
  • Refined-sugar free soda. A great alternative to sugary sodas! 

The Ingredients

  • Ginger. 
  • Filtered water. Using filtered water is important in fermentation recipes so that there are no contaminants that can inhibit the fermentation process. 
  • Maple syrup. This homemade soda recipe requires a source of sugar to feed the fermentation process, but you can also use organic cane sugar or honey!
  • Fresh squeezed lemon juice. 
  • Active ginger bug liquid. A ginger bug is a natural fermenting culture made from ginger, sugar, and water used to create homemade fizzy beverages. 

Tools you Need

  • Fine mesh sieve  
  • Fermentation safe flip top bottles 

How to Make Gut Healthy Fermented Ginger Ale

  • Step One. Make ginger juice by blending ginger and 1 cup of water and straining it. Mix that with more water, lemon juice, and maple syrup. 
  • Step Two. Add the ginger bug starter to your glass fermentation bottles and fill with the ginger mixture. 
  • Step Three. Let it sit in a warm spot out of the sun for a few days, burping the bottle daily, until it reaches your desired carbonation level. 
  • Step Four. Transfer to the fridge and enjoy it chilled!

Important Tips

  • Burp your jars! The fermentation process produces carbon dioxide gas which creates the carbonation, so it’s important to release the pressure to avoid any explosions. Check your jars daily and burp them by opening the top and releasing the gas, then resealing. 
  • Add more sugar. If you aren’t seeing bubbles from the fermentation process, try adding more sugar to feed the fermentation. 

Storing Gut-Healthy Fermented Ginger Ale

Store the fermented ginger ale in the fridge and enjoy within a few months. Be sure to check on the bottles and burp them occasionally, since the fermentation process continues while in the fridge. 

How to serve Gut Healthy Fermented Ginger Ale

Serve this sparkling beverage chilled from the fridge over ice! 

Gut Healthy Fermented Ginger Ale

Homemade fermented ginger ale, crafted with a lively ginger bug starter, offers a zesty and effervescent twist on the classic soda. It’s a great healthy alternative to soda, since it contains no refined sugar and the fermentation process gives it some gut healthy probiotic bacteria! Total time: 2-3 days Yield: 8 servings Diet: Refined Sugar Free
Course Drinks
Total Time 3 days

Ingredients

  • Roughly 1 ‘hand’ ginger palm size, roughly chopped
  • 6 cups filtered water divided
  • ½ cup maple syrup sugar, or raw honey
  • ¼ cup fresh squeeze lemon or lime juice
  • ½ – ¾ cup active ginger bug liquid

Instructions

  • Add the ginger and 1 cup of filtered water to a blender and blend on high until fully combined. Strain out the pulp. Mix the strained ginger liquid with the remaining 5 cups of water, the lemon juice, and the maple syrup. You can taste this and adjust the flavors as needed.
  • Add 1/4 cup of active ginger bug liquid to each of your fermentation safe flip top bottles. Then fill with the ginger mixture, leaving about 1 inch of headspace in the bottle.
  • Seal and let it ferment for 1-3 days in a warm spot out of the sun until you’ve achieved your desired flavor and bubbles. Be sure to check on them daily and burp the jars a couple times each day to avoid explosions.

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