02 Fermented Beverages

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What you’ll learn

Skip the store-bought sodas and use fermentation and some creativity to make delicious bubble beverages of your own.

The objectives for this module:

  • Continue practicing fermentation techniques for probiotic beverages
  • Practice making a fermented ginger beer
  • Use natural sugars from honey and fruit to make a bubbly alternative to soda

Overview & Recap

Required: read the overview and complete the recap once you create your practice recipe.

1: Fermented Beverages Overview

Instead of watching video lessons for this module like you did in the previous module, you’ll be putting your know-how and fermentation skills into practice from this module forward. Reference all of the tips and articles we provide here and from Module 1 to support your learning.

You’ll now practice making probiotic-rich fermented beverages which are naturally carbonated with CO₂. Try all of the variations we provide, extra recipes if time allows, and then document your findings and preferences in your fermentation journal. As always, we’ll provide loads of tips so you can experiment.

2: Fermented Beverages Recap

This Lesson Recap will be your personal input of progress (photo and written). Grab your fermentation journal, prepare the Practice Recipe, then complete this recap.

You must complete the recap to complete the module and eventually the course.

Practice Recipes


Remember to always read the entire recipe, all the tips, and watch the step-by-step videos before preparing that recipe so you know what to expect. Make sure that you have the right ingredients on hand and the tools you need to make it all effortless and fun. Document your discoveries and preferences in your fermentation journal.


Fermented Ginger Beer

Practice some lacto-fermentation techniques to make a probiotic-rich, gently effervescent beverage like ginger beer.


Required: read all articles

Helpful and inspiring know how and support for successful and creative fermentation. Find troubleshooting FAQs within each recipe.

Extra Learning & Cheat Sheets

Ensure that your creations are successful every time with this extra know how and support. Gain an understanding of potential variables and substitutions, get troubleshooting ideas, a general shopping list to get started, creative inspiration, and much more. Reference these articles throughout this entire course.


Extra Recipes

Recommended: practice your fermentation skills by making these extra recipes. Use variation suggestions to play and make it your own.

Recommended Reads

These are some of our favorite books that either focus on or touch on culturing and fermenting foods. Some are essential, and some are just nice-to have—you decide what’s what. We’ve listed them here for shopping convenience.

Some of these links take you directly to affiliate partner sites. You’re welcome to skip these links to research and buy products wherever, or however you like. 

Sandor Katz’s Books

Sandor Katz is an incredibly knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and inspiring fermentation “revivalist.” We highly recommend picking up a copy of The Art of Fermentation, Fermentation Journeys, and/or Wild Fermentation to dive further into the wide, creative world of fermentation.

The Pantry to Plate Cookbook

Good Food Cooking School founder Heather Crosby’s cookbook full of recipe templates that include fermented goods.

Shopping: Tools

This is a convenient listing of basic tools called for in this course as well as some “nice to have but not necessary” items that make fermenting easier and more fun. For the why-we-use-it behind each tool, go here.

Some of these links take you directly to affiliate partner sites. You’re welcome to skip these links to research and buy products wherever, or however you like.