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homemade soda starter

Recipe for Homemade Soda Starter ("Ginger Bug")

How to make a starter culture for homemade soda so you can enjoy this traditional beverage with no downside and no extra money spent to buy one!

Servings 1 pint
Author Sarah Pope MGA



  1. Fill a quart mason jar with 1 1/2 cups filtered water.  Add 2 tsp ginger powder (or grated, fresh organic ginger) and 2 tsp organic white sugar and mix well. Cover and leave on the counter at room temperature for 24 hours.

  2. After 24 hours, remove the lid and add an additional 2 tsp ginger powder and 2 tsp white sugar and mix again. Cover and let sit on the counter for 24 more hours.

  3. Repeat for a minimum of 3 days and for a maximum of 7 days until small bubbles begin to form on the top indicating the probiotic culture has reached a critical mass and taken hold. Once the bubbles appear, the liquid excluding the sediment on the bottom of the jar can be used as a starter for homemade sodas. Refrigerate and feed the culture 2 tsp ginger powder and 2 tsp sugar once a week if not used within a few days.

  4. If no bubbles appear by the seventh day, toss and start again.

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Recipe Notes

Fresh, grated organic ginger may be substituted for ground ginger.  The equivalent amount would be roughly one-third.

If using ground, you MUST use organic as conventional ground ginger is irradiated.

It is best to use organic sugar, as nonorganic white sugar is most likely genetically modified or GMO.