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Turmeric Bug for Natural Sodas

I make this the same way I make a ginger bug, but with fresh turmeric instead of fresh ginger


  • ounces fresh organic unpeeled turmeric divided
  • 5 tablespoons granulated sugar divided
  • 1 cup water filtered if you have it


  • In a clean glass jar, combine 1 tablespoon grated or minced unpeeled organic turmeric, 1 tablespoon sugar and all the water. Stir. Cover with a breathable cloth such as good-quality muslin or other fabric woven tightly enough to keep contaminants out of the jar. Secure the cloth tightly to the jar with string or a rubber band.
  • Every day for 5 days, stir in 1 tablespoon of grated or minced unpeeled organic turmeric and 1 tablespoon of sugar.
  • By the fifth day, you should see bubbling and the bits of turmeric with float to the top of the jar. The bug will be cloudy and taste sweet and tangy.


Use your mature turmeric bug in place of a ginger bug to make:
Or experiment and use your turmeric bug to kickstart other ferments.