I have enjoyed brewing my own kombucha for quite a while, but I have only recently begun to expand my probiotic food/beverage repertoire.
There are many wonderful resources available to explain the process and benefits of fermentation.
This particular recipe is (by comparison) a fast process, which does not require special equipment or rare ingredients. It is SUPER tasty and refreshing, and makes me feel a sense of contentment and wellbeing on a sweltering summer day!
-1 gallon filtered water
-1½ cups organic cane sugar
-1/3 cup of ginger root, peeled and grated
-3/4 cup whey (useful instructions for getting whey here)
…(3-5 days later)…
-1 cup melon juice per quart (1 juiced Korean melon = about 1 cup. Honeydew would be a nice alternative if you can’t find the Korean Melon.)
Bring water and ginger to a boil in a large pot. Boil about 3 minutes and remove pot from heat. Add the sugar, stirring until completely dissolved.
Allow to cool totally before adding the whey and transferring to a large CLEAN glass container (or non-reactive ceramic), or dividing liquid and pulp between multiple containers.
Cover with the lid and allow to ferment 3-5 days at room temperature (pressure can build up if lid is tightly sealed. Remove lid at least once daily to “burp”.)
Once you see the liquid is starting to be a little bubbly, it is time for the next step: pour 1 cup fresh, juiced melon into each 1 quart jar or Grolsch type bottle you wish to flavor.
You may choose to strain the ginger from the fermenting liquid, or you can bottle it as-is.
Fill the jars/bottles with ginger liquid, leaving about 1 inch of “head-space”. Secure the lid. Leave sitting out at room temperature for 2-3 days, then move to the refrigerator to stop fermentation. Enjoy this fizzy, summer drink!
*2 days after bottling this drink and leaving it in my warm kitchen, it was CRAZY BUBBLY. I have read about bottles exploding from excess carbonation, so handle with care, do not point it toward your face (or other tender areas) and open it outside or over the sink. I felt quite festive and like I should be partying on a yacht when I popped this bottle open! mmm mmm mmm