Dillon Nichols wrote:
John Polk wrote:Sounds yummy.
(Not so sure that I would call it a 'sports drink' though. Most sports drinks have electrolytes to replace those lost through perspiring.)
I wonder if there's a permie-ish way to add in the electrolytes?
I've been drinking a lot of kombucha(sweetened with honey and berries) this summer in lieu of sports drinks/juice. My low-tech/lazy approach to try and cover electrolytes when I'm sweating my ass off has been to eat something salty and a banana, to cover the sodium/chloride and potassium, since I know those are high on the list of things lost in sweat... probably not a very complete solution though.[/quote
Your most ready-made natural Gatorade/sports drink is Coconut water. Perhaps it is not a permie-ish drink unless you grow the coconuts on your property - impossible in Canada. it has all those minerals you all were trying to fit into your Switchel.
Jocelyn Campbell wrote:
John Weiland wrote:Really hope to try this recipe soon! In the meantime, I tried making a version more like ginger/root beer of this with ginger, sugar, and some carrot, licorice, and pigweed root. After a few days on the countertop, I put it in the fridge. Took it out this evening and it is really syrupy, although the flavor not too bad and with only a mild carbonation. I've seen a few references to this thickening happening in other ferments....possibly due to polysaccharide production by one or more of the microbes....but was wondering if anyone had any input or advice on what to do next...(?). It was only on the countertop for 3 days.....not long enough?
I think when using straight sugar instead of honey, molasses or maple syrup, you won't have as much mineral content for the sports drink or electrolyte action - if that's your goal.
On the other hand, sugar probably more quickly feeds microbes for fermenting. Though I'm sorry, I haven't done many fermented beverages, so I wouldn't be able to comment or help with what happened with yours. Though those flavors sound nice!