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Urban Homestead Soda (w/recipe)

December 23rd, 2011

Watch this video and check out this simple recipe to make delicious and healthy soda at home – happy holidays!

Lacto-Fermented Lemon Grapefruit Soda

from K. Ruby Blume at the Institute of Urban Homesteading in Oakland, CA

1/2 gallon glass container with lid

3 lemons

1 grapefruit

1/2  teaspoon salt

1/2  c whey or 2 Tablespoons liquid probiotic

1/2 c sweetener (sugar, maple syrup, agave or honey)

non-chloraminated water

All ingredients may be adjusted to taste, however less whey will mean slower, less bubbly fermentation. More sugar or whey will give you a faster, more fizzy fermentation. Any real sweetener may be used, including honey, cane sugar, agave. Stevia or fake sugars will not work, as they lacto-bacillii need something to feed on in order to multiply and become fizzy

1. Squeeze the lemons & grapefruit into the container.

2. Add the rinds of 2 lemons & . grapefruit (or less for smaller batches).

3. Add the rest of the ingredients.

4. Treat water if necessary and add to reach the target volume.

5. Cap & shake to dissolve & disperse ingredients.

6. Set in a warm spot for 2-5 days until carbonated. The longer it sits, the less sweet it will get.

6. Strain, bottle & refrigerate.


One Response to Urban Homestead Soda (w/recipe)

  1. Ann says:

    Would all grapefruit work??
    and have you thought of how chia seeds would taste in that? before with ferment / after??
    Thought might make refreshing summer drink!

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