Sunday, June 5, 2011

We have Lacto Fermented Soda! (Raspberry and Olallieberry to be exact!)

She is my fearless taster!
Captivated by the fermentation bubbles!

 My first lacto fermented soda experiment is over! It had a slight yeasty, boozy taste. Nice and carbonated. I have not had enough fermented soda to know if this was off the mark.  I put slightly more than 1 1/2 cups of sugar in my gallon of soda, which may have contributed to the aggressive fermentation.  But, I am still drinking it.  Even though no yeast was added, lactobacillus produces carbon dioxide, alcohol and lactic acid as a result of fermentation and I am wondering if my soda is reaching 1-2% alcohol due to this.  Now I am making batch number two and I have a good feeling about it. This batch above was raspberry and olallieberry soda and the next one I am making is blackberry ginger flavor. And I am going not going to put more than 1 1/2 cups of sugar per gallon (I added a bit more to make it sweeter this first time) because I think that made it over-ferment. I have wished about six times I had a 1-800 number to call for my fermentation questions. The most tense time of the whole experiment was tasting the soda before bottling for the second fermentation. Would the acidity really prevent pathogenic bacteria from flourishing in the starter culture? Would I start throwing up in 4-8 hours? Dang, those microbiology and mycology classes in college filled me with way too much information. But here is the deal; after my life these last 8 months, a little food poisoning is no biggie. Turns out however that our little friend (who attempted to spend the night last night) had to go home at 1am because of diarrhea and vomiting. So, M and I are drinking lots of soda today in hopes of bolstering our gut flora....
In other news, little M has graduated kindergarten. No more rice and beans day on painting day. No more Fairy Mother passing down her little ones to each child in the class. No more healing gnomes or silk scarves  or soup day on fridays. No more chopping vegetables, no more bees wax moldeling. No more good morning dear friends songs.  No more waldorf kindergarten. Her fly-away ceremony was heartfelt. Our good friend Jilan came to the ceremony and greeted little M with a bouquet of roses as we watched her fly away to her new teacher. The school moved the next day to our little downtown to occupy the old space where elementary school used to be. It is precious! Now we get to walk to school! It reminds me of the waldorf school in downtown Mill Valley in Marin. A day we will always remember.




5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was gifted some of this soda, and I can say first hand that it is fabulous, Jess. Perfectly effervescent. Not too sweet, nor too vinegary like some kombuchas. And it has this gorgeous bright burgundy hue. I was thinking in fact how fun it would be if you offered it at our farmer's market!

windycityvegan said...

Now that I'm not spending (what feels like) every waking moment studying for the LSAT, I can try my hand at some of this soda, too!

Also, ohmygoodness you have a First Grader!! Nina still has one more year of playschool to go, and I really hope that between now and when she's finsished, I can find a Waldorf school for her to attend.

tori said...

Am ridiculously fascinated by this. Cannot wait to hear how the next one turns out!

Nancy said...

Wild fermentation at work, how exciting! The soda is such a gorgeous hue, and I am looking forward to seeing your future batches. Maybe someday I will work up the nerve to make some myself...though I'm not sure my neighborhood/building such cooperative flora (two out of three sourdough experiments have been fails!).

Jessica said...

I am making my third batch tonight. This batch did not bubble...so I am trying again! Nancy..there is no odor to this fermentation that I can pick up on (unlike making sauerkraut :) so this might be a good unassuming project. The easiest and most essential part is making the ginger starter which was a snap!
Tori..you going to try? It is more fun than i thought....

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