Ginger bugs are a great way to make a tasty and healthy probiotic beverage! It is a wild fermented culture that contains sugar, water and ginger. Ginger bus are naturally rich in probiotics, namely lactobacillus and wild yeasts. These little organisms help to support digestive health and boost immunity.
You will need:
2 c. water (spring or purified)
2 t. sugar
I ounce fresh ginger, diced
I tend to buy organic ginger and leave the skin right on. I would not suggest doing that with conventionally grown ginger. If you buy non-organic ginger, I recommend peeling it. It will be somewhat of a pain, but you don't want to introduce nasty pesticides into your soda.
Warm the water in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the sugar and stir gently until dissolved. Set aside and let cool completely. Add the ginger to a clean, sterilized jar. Pour the cooled sugar mixture over the ginger and seal the jar. Let brew for 24 hours hours. You will need to add 1 tsp. of sugar and 1 tsp. of ginger to the culture daily, for at least 5 days. When you bug is bubbly and begins to smell "yeasty", it is ready. To make an herbal soda, simply add 1/2 to 1 c. of the bug to a sweetened tea or fruit juice. Bottle and let sit for 3 days, making sure to "burp" the bottle daily.