Ginger Bug or Baby

September 25, 2017

Ginger Beer Baby/Bug


This is the starter to making Ginger Beer.  A starter is needed to create the bacteria for the fermentation process.   It takes about 5 to 7 days to brew, so it’s a good idea to start one before the previous batch of ginger beer has been used.  I have made ginger beer using powdered ginger but found it far superior using fresh ginger and one would hope using fresh would promote the healing properties in ginger.  It is quite a lengthy process but well worth the trouble.




1 glass jar with a loose fitting lid


Measuring spoons





Fresh ginger

Filtered water

Sugar (good quality even brown)




Grate 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger using the outer layer as well.


Put in your jar.  Measure 1 teaspoon of sugar place in jar along with 3 tablespoons of filtered water.  Stir well to help dissolve the sugar.  Loosely secure the lid and keep it in a warm dark place.  In the winter, it needs to be kept quite warm, I have found the airing cupboard to be the best place.


Repeat this process for 6 to 7 days until the grated ginger rises to the top of the jar.


Then you ginger bug/baby is ready to start making ginger beer.  Please see Ginger Beer post.



I found it was best to use an ordinary jar and lid.  One time I used a small jar with a flip to lid… at the end of the week of feeding my ginger bug/baby I found the pressure in the jar and cracked the bottom of the jar!


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