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How to Make a Wild Fermented Ginger Bug at Home

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How to Make a Wild Fermented Ginger Bug at Home

Recipe by Kelsey ByeCourse: Fermented DrinksCuisine: EnglishDifficulty: Easy


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Make your own naturally sparkling fermented beverages at home with this wild fermented ginger bug. Simply delicious.


  • 50 grams fresh ginger, grated

  • 50 mL filtered water

  • 5 grams cane sugar or raw local honey

  • 2 grams sea salt


  • Wash and sanitize fermentation equipment (a splash of cheap vodka will do the trick).
  • Set your scale on a flat surface and set it to weigh in grams. 
  • Add 50 grams fresh grated ginger.
  • Add 50 mL filtered water.
  • Add 5 grams cane sugar or raw local honey.
  • Add 2 grams sea salt.
  • Mix well and cover with a breathable cloth and a rubber band. Allow to ferment for 24 hours at room temperature. After 24 hours, feed your ginger bug.
  • To Feed the Ginger Bug: 
  • In a fresh jar, add 50 grams of the ginger bug, 25 grams freshly grated ginger, 3 grams of sugar or raw local honey, and 35 grams of water.
  • Allow to ferment for 24 hours. Feed every 24 hours until ginger bug is bubbling and very active.


  • Once your ginger bug is active and bubbling, you can proceed to primary and secondary fermentations to make your very own homemade sparkling sodas!

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