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Can kvass be made without bread?

While searching for kvass recipes some of them mentioned that kvass can be made with rye flour or malt and since I can't find 100% rye breads where I live making them just for kvass would be too ...
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Using Sourdough Breads to reduce Fructans

Short version: How can you minimise the fructan content of a spelt sourdough loaf? Is using a freshly rebuilt starter (low acidity, low sourness) ok? Is 9-10 hours of proofing enough, or should I ...
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What is the difference in flavor between a fermented pickle and a vinegar pickle?

I'm interested in experimenting with pickling, and I'm wondering what the difference in flavor is between a classically fermented pickle and one made using vinegar. I've search online, but can't find ...
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How to ferment dosa batter?

I have never been successful in fermenting dosa batter properly in the US. I generally soak urad dal, rice and fenugreek seeds for a few hours and grind them together. Even if I leave the batter in ...
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How does Korean chili powder differ from “US” chili powder?

I've been looking at a number of kim chi recipes and they all call for 'Korean chili powder'. My visit to the local Asian grocer only yielded 'Asian' chili powder and other nondescript chili powders. ...
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My sauerkraut was left with dark mold covering the surface, is it ok?

I had a batch of sauerkraut fermenting in the basement. During the fermentation I had to leave for over a week and left my roommates with the basic instructions to check it a couple times and skim ...
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Why potatoes need to be boiled in order to make alcohol?

I have read a couple of recipes and descriptions of what needs to be done in order to produce alcoholic beverages such as vodka and rum. I was surprised to learn that basically all the sources use ...
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Small batch of sauerkraut smells yeasty

As an experiment, for my first attempt, I'm making a small batch of sauerkraut. Small like less than 1/3 of a head. Its setup is pretty amateur, no professional airlock. Anyway, it's been going for a ...
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What's the difference between heirloom and direct-set yogurt cultures?

Yogurt cultures seem to come in two varieties: heirloom and direct-set. The difference between the varieties is that one is a carefully selected mix of bacterial strains (direct-set), and the other ...
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Accidently reduced salt in pickling recipe - are these pickles still safe?

A dill pickle recipe called for 1.5 cups vinegar, 1.5 cups water, and 2 tablespoons salt. I doubled the bring, but forgot to double the salt before canning my pickles. I ended up with: 3 cups Apple ...
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Ideal condition to make injera

I'm trying to make Injera traditionally, without any starter, just teff flour (the white one) and water (tap water). I mixed it and left in a bowl, covered by dish towel, in my kitchen. After 60 hours ...
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Is there a difference between US Worcestershire sauce and UK Worcestershire sauce?

I recently bought a Worcestershire sauce from Costco called Lea & Perrins. They claim to be the authentic version of Worcestershire sauce. However I have read comments online that indicate that it ...
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What weights to use for fermenting sauerkraut?

I am new to making sauerkraut. I do know the right ingredients for making sauerkraut, based on searching on Google. My question is what equipment should I use to weight the sauerkraut below the ...
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Sauerkraut/sourkraut - ratio of grams of salt to grams of raw cabbage?

Yes, obviously it can vary. I'm just looking for an approximate range, as a good place to start for my first time making a batch. A good answer would be something along the lines of: 10 to 20 ...
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What are the nutritional data for water kefir?

What are the nutritional data for (strained) water kefir, compared to the starting sugar water? I would expect there to be less carbohydrates and more vitamins, but haven't the foggiest idea what ...
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cabbage - volume to weight conversion?

I am making sauerkraut, and don't have a handy kitchen scale. What is the approximate volume of 1 lb of cabbage? Also, any advice on saurkraut making would be appreciated. This is my second batch. ...
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Why does my beet kvass taste bad?

I took 4 medium beets, chopped them up in a medium dice, put the beets in a 1-gallon Pickl-It jar. I added 1 ½ tablespoon unrefined sea salt, added filtered water to ½ inch below lid, and closed with ...
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Can I use fermented milk product as starter culture?

Can I use fermented milk product as starter culture for vegetable fermenting?
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What is this white, non-fuzzy, substance on my kimchi?

I have a jar of store bought kimchi that I neglected for a few months (bought around mid July). Today I opened it and noticed that a few pieces had some white stuff on it, but it doesn't look like ...
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Best container for making sauerkraut

We've tried this a few times. First time we used an old ceramic container and it started sheding on the inside and ruined it. Next time we used a new metal garbage can with one of those super sized 10 ...
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Mason jar stuck inside another

I need help! I just finished making sauerkraut and was using a mason jar inside of a larger mason jar to weigh down the cabbage. Now, I can't get the inner mason jar out. I've tried soap around the ...
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How can I find out if yeast or yeast producing are present in foods?

How can I know if a food or ingredient contains yeast or yeast-producing ingredient? My condition requires yeast-free foods and ingredients.
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Soy kefir that never revitalises in animal milk [closed]

If I have kefir grains from goat and I make soy kefir and never revitalise the kefir grains in an animal milk, will that bacteria still be beneficial for the gut? What type of bacteria does it make? ...
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Quantities of lactose, lactic acid, and other metabolites in yogurt

It's common to see vague statements about how people with limited lactose tolerance may be able to eat yogurt, because the bacterial fermentation eliminates some of the lactose. However, I haven't ...
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How do you create and store bacteria cultures for fermenting?

I'm very new to fermenting and am typically doing it with vegetables pressed under either salt or salt and water. I've come across several sites teaching about how bacteria cultures can be used in ...
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How do I make black garlic? [duplicate]

I am trying to make black garlic. I have cooked on low for 11 days in a rice cooker. I now am drying the garlic but it is not turning black or soft. What am I doing wrong?
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Does kimchi always have live cultures?

A lot of the kimchi I see in stores doesn't say "live and active cultures" like yogurts and kefir. I'm trying to up my probiotic intake, but I'm not sure if all the kimchi I get is helping me towards ...
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How to properly freeze kefir grains

I have been making kefir regularly for a couple years. Lately, however, my family's interest in it has waned and I have been using it less often and so feeding it less often. I want to store some ...
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What are safe temperature ranges for fermenting miso paste?

I'd like to make some miso paste. The recipes I've seen recommend keeping the miso in a cool, dark place. Unfortunately my house gets hot in summertime and there is no cool place like a cellar or ...
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How do I make dosas smooth and shiny?

I tried my hand at making dosas for the first time this weekend. I was following this recipe for the dosa batter. I soaked the dal and fenugreek seeds together and the rice by itself. The rice and ...
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Why are all sour cream cultures I've found for sale online labeled as direct set? Why can't I reuse like I do yogurt?

I've realized we go through a lot of sour cream in my household, and I want to start making probably about a pint or two a week during the summer months. I've been researching for a few hours, and ...
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Can I use sona masoori rice for making dosa?

I have been trying to make dosa in the US since 6 months & never got the fermented batter. When searched in seasoned advice I found a similar question asked. How to ferment dosa batter? I have ...
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Making vinegar - alcohol and sugar tolerance

I am wondering if my latest batch of vinegar is either too sweet or too alcoholic for the acetobacter to flourish. Are there well known thresholds for alcohol and sugar that acetobacter will tolerate? ...
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How can you consistently separate Kefir into curds and whey for cheesemaking?

I have trouble getting my Kefir to cleanly separate on a consistent basis, despite allowing it to sit out for multiple extra days, prior to refrigeration. As my house does not remain at the same ...
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Can I ferment black garlic intermittently?

Following this black garlic tutorial and in reference to this SA question, I would like to try making myself black garlic, and to try fermenting the garlic to different time to test out difference in ...
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Can kefir whey be refrigerated before being used to ferment other foods?

Is it okay to refrigerate kefir whey for a few days before fermenting other foods with it (i.e., almond butter http://www.thecandidadiet.com/forums/topic/fermented-almond-butter-16/ ), or will this ...
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What device should I use for pressing/fermenting

I regularly make a Japanese side dish of fermented cabbage that's simply pressed down for a day and salted. I'd just jury rigged something up, but it finally broke so now I'm looking to see if there ...
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Does Worcestershire Sauce go Bad?

I really like Worcestershire sauce on a few things, but I never use it that often. My question is simply, does it ever go bad, and should I try to use it up quickly?
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Salt for Sauerkraut

I am looking to trial making some Sauerkraut at home. I have been recommended getting canning salt. Trouble is the only available source is too much, at too high a price. What other salts, readily ...
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Will my results differ when using a sourdough starter vs poolish for pizza dough?

I've read about differing techniques for getting the best flavor, texture, and chewiness in my pizza crust. One of the commonly suggested routes is to include a sourdough starter as part of the ...
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Can you make bread with the yeast in beer?

I am looking to make some beer bread by substituting beer for water in some of my favorite recipes. I have heard that beer has yeast though, so I was wondering if the yeast in beer would work to ...
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How do I control the quality of a kombucha SCOBY?

I'm starting to make my own Kombucha and have seen scoby with many different colors, shapes, textures, etc. My goal is to have a scoby that produces good probiotics and a taste that is acceptable to ...
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Beans Cultured with Yogurt

Is the store-bought yogurt a good "starter" to culture cooked beans to reduce the gas-producing oligosaccharides? Does it contain the right kind of bacteria to ferment the beans or is it only good for ...
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Why are my beets not fermenting?

My first attempt (RAW BEETS) - large mason jars, 2 tbsp sea salt, water up to 1" below lid. After a week I opened the lid to "burp" the gas out, but there was nothing, no fizz, just dead beets in ...
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What to use in pressure fermentation

I'm still pretty new to pressure fermentation and have been using it primarily to make sukimono - cabbage mixed with salt under pressure for about a day. I would like to make a whole cabbage at a ...
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Fermenting Sauerkraut - Should I Stir?

I haven't done this for a very long time. I am following Alton Brown's recipe, which conveniently fits perfectly into a little hack-job of containers I already had. (Related: Why isn't glass ideal ...
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Lacto Fermented Vegetables - Off Flavors

Is anyone aware of some solid reference information on lacto-fermented vegetables? I am especially interested technical information, such as what off flavors may occur due to which circumstances. The ...
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Kimchi in Mason Jars — Too Sealed?

I recently mixed 8 quarts of kimchi. I stuffed my cabbage into 8, 1-quart Mason Jars. I left the typical buffer space (about 1-inch) below the lid. I told someone else that I had jarred the kimchi in ...
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Can I make fermented lemon soda using yogurt cultures?

I'm trying to make a lemon soda using fermentation. Is it possible to make a lemon soda by mixing sugar, lemon, warm water and a scoop of live cultured yogurt? I put it inside a pressurize cooker, is ...
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My sauerkraut brine seems slightly slimy but the batch otherwise seems normal--is it ok?

Recently I started a batch of sauerkraut, the first after several years. Unlike my previous batches this one is much smaller (half a head of cabbage, as opposed to several full heads), uses Morton's ...