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I am moving from Indiana to New Mexico. I presently have a ginger bug and a sourdough cultures going.
Should I try to move them in a cooler or just let them go and start new cultures in the new environment ?
 
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I would probably take them with me. For me, part of the fun is allowing the culture to grow and evolve over time, it's exposed to different yeasts & environmental variables. It seems to make it a little more personal, I guess. Plus, it could be interesting to see if it changes in regards to taste, texture, etc. as it grows in the new environment.
 
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I'd move mine, or at least my sourdough starter. Mr./Ms. McBubbleface is a bit like a part of the family at this point. :-)

But our ginger bug? More of a sulky teenager. I might think hard about accidentally "forgetting" him....
 
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L Allen wrote:I'd move mine, or at least my sourdough starter. Mr./Ms. McBubbleface is a bit like a part of the family at this point.

But our ginger bug? More of a sulky teenager. I might think hard about accidentally "forgetting" him....



My starters have names, too: "Bread-y Mercury" is the sweeter one I feed like a friendship bread starter and "Yeaster Bunny" is the more traditional, flour/water one I use for savory breads.

I haven't ever heard of a ginger bug? What is it, and what's it used for?
 
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A ginger bug is just shredded organic ginger, water and sugar that you let ferment and use to make ginger ale.
You replenish it with more shredded ginger and sugar.

I have not named my cultures but now I’m going to have to. Lol
 
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Kc Simmons wrote:

My starters have names, too: "Bread-y Mercury"....



Bready Mercury...love it!

Ginger bug can also be used as a starter for all sorts of home-brewed lacto-carbonated sodas. If my ginger bug gets lively enough this week, I'm going to try this recipe for watermelon soda:

https://www.reddit.com/r/fermentation/comments/hjk1j2/experimental_watermelon_ginger_bug_soda/

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watermellon ginger bug soda
watermellon ginger bug soda
 
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Thank you for clarifying! Guess I'm going to have to get some organic ginger and get my own "bug" started. Homemade ginger ale and other sodas sounds wonderful!
 
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i use (maybe slightly modified) ginger bugs to start mead ferments. despite warnings that the yeast in bugs wouldn't ferment something wine-strength to dryness, i've never had a problem with that in 90+ batches. i start new ginger bugs very frequently though, and wouldn't be tempted to try to move one. they don't last well for my purposes, and i can get a new one ready to roll in about a week.

a good sourdough starter would totally be worth moving though.
 
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Oh I have to try the watermelon recipe!

I love watermelon but Im the only one in the house that does and since I cant eat a whole one I just never buy it anymore.
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