Make Your Own Soda — Ginger Beer Soda Kit

$35.00

Everything you need to make Real Ginger Beer at home!

Ginger Beer Soda Spice + Ginger Bug Soda Starter Combo Set

The Real Deal! Authentic Homebrewed Ginger Beer Soda Spice. Make your own Ginger Beer (either classic Ginger Beer or Spicy Ginger Beer) with our Ginger Beer + Ginger Bug Soda Starter kit.  Authentic roots and spices like ginger root, lemon peel, cinnamon, and a touch of jalapeno peppers for optional heat.

  • Includes: Ginger Beer Soda Spice Kit + Ginger Beer Soda Recipe + Ginger Bug Soda Starter
  • Ginger Beer Spice: Makes 64 oz (one half-gallon) of homebrewed Ginger Beer
  • Ginger Bug Starter: Lives indefinitely with proper care–just like a sourdough starter. Make soda forever!
  • Made with natural, wildcrafted , & organic ingredients. Just add sugar!

 

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Learn how to make authentic root beer soda at home with our soda kit!

Our Ginger Beer Soda Spice is a blend of authentic roots and spices that come together to make classic Ginger Beer soda. Our Ginger Beer Soda Spice combines simple ingredients in the perfect ratios to create the perfect balance of spicy, sweet, yet satisfying soda. Includes dehydrated Jalapeno peppers for an optional dose of spicy.

What's a Ginger Bug?
Much like a sourdough starter, a Ginger Bug is a concentrated culture of beneficial bacteria and wild yeasts ("bugs") used to kickstart the fermentation process. When a Ginger Bug is added to a soda mixture, the bugs get to work converting the sugar from the mixture into alcohol and lactic acid. This process also produces carbon dioxide which naturally "carbonates" our mixture.

Here's what you need to know:

  • Ginger Beer Soda Kit Includes: Ginger Beer Soda Spices, Ginger Beer Soda Instructions, Ginger Bug Soda Starter + Instructions.
  • Includes all roots & spices. You will need to add sugar.
  • Soda is ready to enjoy in as little as 48 hours, but can be fermented longer for a deeper flavor.
  • Soda-making requires glass swing-top soda bottles (like these).

About This Soda Spice...

"I'm Jamaican and all of my life I've considered myself to be a connoisseur of Ginger Beer. For me, Ginger Beer has to have a full-bodied, kick-you-in-the-face ginger flavor that's balanced out by a hint of sweet spices and citrus. Traditionally, a few slices of Jamaican scotch bonnet peppers are included for heat; however, jalapeno peppers work just as well. You're search for a simple, yet delicious Ginger Beer Soda recipe has ended!"  - Diane Kuthy, Founder.

How to Make Ginger Beer Soda with a Ginger Bug

This is a basic overview of the soda making process. Don't worry though: your Ginger Beer Soda Kit already includes detailed recipes for making soda at home. This is just to give you an idea of how easy it is to make soda. You can also check out our Homestead Blog for more recipe inspiration.

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    Step One: Brew Your Soda Spice

    Follow the included instructions and add Part I of your Ginger Beer Spice to 4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, cover pot, and reduce heat down to a simmer. Allow mixture to simmer on low for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove pot from heat, add Part II of your Ginger Beer Soda Spice, cover pot, and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Strain liquid into a large bowl and add sugar. Stir until sugar fully dissolved. Add 4 cups of ice cold water to your mixture and allow to cool to room temp.

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    Step Two: Add Your Ginger Bug & Ferment

    Add 1/2 cup of strained, rehydrated, active Ginger Bug Soda Starter and mix well. Cover your container with a cloth and set in a dark, warm, dry location for 24-48 hours. Within that time, you should see a good bit of bubbles on the surface of your soda mix. 

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    Step Three: Bottle Your Ginger Beer

    Fill 4x 16oz glass swing-top homebrewing soda bottles with your soda mixture and allow to ferment in the same dark location for 12-24 hours. This step is crucial to get a good fizz and a fun "soda pop." Do not ferment for longer than 24 hours without "burping" (releasing pressure) from the bottles each day.

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    Step 4: Refrigerate & Enjoy

    Place your soda bottles into the refrigerator to cool. Your soda is ready to enjoy once completely chilled. That's it! You can choose to ferment your Ginger Beer longer in the bottles for a deeper flavor. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does a Ginger Bug Last?

With proper care, your Ginger Bug will live indefinitely.

A Ginger Bug works exactly like a sourdough starter in almost every way.

Dehydrated Ginger Bug: your dehydrated Ginger Bug will last indefinitely. For the best long-term storage, store the pouch in the refrigerator or a cool, dark location.
 
Hydrated Ginger Bug: Once hydrated, a Ginger Bug needs to be fed 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and 1/4 cup of water everyday. If you don't plan on using your hydrated Ginger Bug often, you can also store it in the refrigerator and feed it once weekly. 
 
Each time you use your Ginger Bug starter to make a soda, you'll be using about 1/2 cup of Ginger Bug liquid per 1/2 gallon of soda. The remaining bug can be stored in the fridge or on the counter for future use.

What Is Your Ginger Bug Made From?

Our Dehydrated Ginger Bug starter is made by taking our family's active, bubbly Ginger Bug ferment and dehydrating it at very low temperatures.

Our Ginger Bug is fed a completely organic diet of organic ginger root, organic raw sugar, and filtered water. 

Is There Alcohol in Homebrewed Soda?

By definition, alcohol is a by product of the soda fermentation process. However, homebrewed sodas undergo a short fermentation period (24-48 hours) which produces significantly less alcohol than that of kombucha or longer fermented drinks. 

How Much Ginger Bug Starter Will I Receive?

Our kit includes 1 packet (4g) of Dehydrated Ginger Bug starter.

How Do I Rehydrate My Ginger Bug?

Our Dehydrated Ginger Bug kit comes with detailed instructions on how to rehydrate and maintain your starter. Rehydration involves feeding your Ginger Bug some ginger, sugar, and water each day until it is and active happy bug.

Is A Ginger Bug Starter Similar To Sourdough Starter?

Yes! A Ginger Bug starter is very similar to a sourdough starter. Both are concentrated lactobacillus ferments which must be fed routinely and can be used to make larger ferments.

How Do You Make Soda With A Ginger Bug?

Making homebrewed couldn't be easier. The basic process goes like this:

  • Step 1- Create a soda syrup by combining sugar, water, and flavor from fruit juice, teas, roots, herbs, etc. 
  • Step 2 - Combine 1 cup of strained Ginger Bug starter per 1 Gallon of soda syrup in a glass jar. 
  • Step 3 - Cover jar and set in a dark location to ferment for 24 hours. 
  • Step 4 - After 24 hours, bottle your soda into glass swing-top homebrew bottles (like these) to capture the bubbles. Let ferment for another 12-24 hours before refrigerating. Enjoy cold!

Some sodas can take a little more time to ferment depending on ingredients and fermenting environment.

How Long Does It Take To Make Soda?

You can enjoy homebrewed soda in as little as 48 hours from start to finish.

Do I Need Swing-Top Bottles?

Yes, to make homebrewed soda you'll need a few glass swing-top bottles (like these).

How Do I Store My Ginger Bug?

Your Dehydrated Ginger Bug Starter can be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator until ready to use.
An active Ginger Bug can be stored at room temperature with daily feedings or in the refrigerator with weekly feedings.

How Much Does Shipping Cost?

Shipping is Free for US customers.

What is Your Return Policy?

Due to the nature of the product, we cannot accept returns or exchanges. All sales are final.

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