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Ginger Bug Recipe

Ginger Bug Recipe

Simple and Delicious Ginger Bug Recipe

This Ginger Bug recipe can be used for any type of naturally fermented soda such as ginger ale and old fashion root beer or to help start out a vegetable ferment. Besides its wide range of uses, my favorite feature of the ginger bug is that is quick and easy to make.

The starter should be stored in a refrigerator when it is not in use. Remember to revive the ginger bug before it is used if it has been stored in the refrigerator. The starter should be revived every few weeks to keep it healthy.

Reviving a Ginger Bug starter

Remove starter from the refrigerator.

Add 1 tablespoon of sugar

Add about 1 tablespoon of ginger.


Ginger Bug Recipe

Ginger Bug Recipe

How to make a ginger bug to use as a beneficial culture to make healthy fermented homemade sodas like old fashioned ginger ale or root beer.


  • 1/2 cup White Sugar
  • 2 cups Filtered Water
  • 1-2 Fresh Ginger


  1. Fill a 1-quart mason jar half way with filtered water.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of white sugar and stir until dissolved.
  3. Finely chop up about 1 tablespoon of ginger using the food processor or knife.
  4. Stir the ginger into the sugar water.
  5. Cover the jar with the towel and secure with the rubber band. Store the jar in a dark place.
  6. Every 12 hours stir the mixture and taste it. Add sugar when the starter seems to be losing its sweetness.
  7. When there are bubbles consistently sitting at the surface at the end of a 12-hour period you know that the starter is working. This process takes a few days to a week.


5 - 7 days to prepare

Equipment Needed

Food processor (optional)

1 Quart mason jar

Flour sack towel

Rubber band


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