Home Fermentation


Fun!! It’s a really easy process, just takes a lot of chopping


So I started my experiment today :smile:

What's Cooking? (New Jersey)


Beet kvass was an Epic Fail. It went moldy!
Definitely my own fault, although not sure if it was because I didn’t seal the container or due to the added pear…? Anyways, total ick and may be a while before i try again

(John) #64

How long did you ferment it?


Just shy of two weeks. There’s a photo of what it looked like when i started it upthread. Gonna spare everyone the visual of what happened :joy:
From what i read about 10days sounded right but dunno if the few extra days are what made this go wrong…? I wasn’t home mon-fri last week so couldn’t check it regularly. Also why I didn’t totally seal the container, didn’t want it to bust and wasn’t able to “burp” it regularly

(John) #66

Most of the kvass recipes I read it seemed like a short ferment. Like a couple days? There is a lot of sugar in beets so I would expect it to move pretty quick.


I have read a recipe that calls for a few days of fermentation, but it also calls for sourkraut juice. Another recipe I have read, just beets, salt, water, ginger and turmeric, says that the fermentation will take two weeks.

(John) #68

I find that almost everything I ferment ferments much faster than the recipes.


Well if/when i try again i’ll be sure to watch the fermentation more closely and reference additional recipes before proceeding

(ChristinaM) #70

Most likely that was the problem. And anaerobic environment needs to be maintained. They actually sell various types of airlock and burpless lids like this: https://www.amazon.com/Fermentation-Maintenance-Silicone-Airlock-Waterless/dp/B07CYM653J/ref=asc_df_B07CYM653J/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=241940359110&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=14767734796416096837&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1020991&hvtargid=pla-456187938848&psc=1


I agree, I’m still vaguely traumatized by the super gross situation and cleanup…!!
Going to stick to my usual kombucha for a while and do a lot more research before i tackle other fermented beverages… maybe i’ll try water kefeir??
Oh! And the veg cultures that you recommended arrived, so i’m going to put those to good use for new veggie ferment projects next week while i have a bit of time off

(John) #72

when fermentation goes bad it’s nasty.


I have a lot of the white kimchi brine left yet no much actual kimchi. I’ve been using the brine for vinegrette for my salads (which is AWESOME, seriously someone more entrepreneurial than myself could start a company just selling this stuff!)
Also was out of fermented veggies.
Decided to make more fermented radishes because they didn’t take very long (maybe a week), whereas my green beans took newrly two weeks.

And for the brine I’m using the extra kimchi liquid! :exploding_head: