Event Highlights

Fermented Soda!

June 24, 2020

Interested in finding a new quarantine hobby? Join us for a relaxed info session and hangout where FORGE’s Caleb Weinhardt will demo making fermented soda from ginger bug (the starter) to finished drinks! Fermented soda is a simple homemade drink made with ginger and sugar that can be flavored with all kinds of fruits and plants. Some favorite flavors include blueberry, Oregon grape, sumac, elderberry, and fennel!

Caleb Weinhardt is an undergraduate student at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and studies Psychology. His previous work with FORGE has included leading outdoor activities with the FORGE Outdoors program and organizing volunteers during Milwaukee PrideFest. In his spare time, Caleb enjoys running, hiking, and biking outside, rock climbing, and foraging wild plants!

PACT NOW = Preventing and Assisting with COVID-19 among Trans and Non-binary Wisconsinites. PACT NOW is a partnership between FORGE and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Inclusion Health Clinic.

This project is funded in part by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin.


Learning about fermented soda 0:00
How does fermentation with a ginger bug work? 1:26
Benefits of fermented soda 2:21
How to make the ginger bug 3:15
Feeding the ginger bug 10:46
Should you agitate the ginger bug when you feed it? 12:17
Starting fennel soda 13:32
Do extracts work for flavoring? 22:50
Is there anything you should NOT put in soda? 23:54
Finishing soda (straining and refrigerating) 27:43
Starting more sodas 32:45
Measurements for smaller containers 41:37
Herbs options for flavors? 43:24
Sweetener options 58:24