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Ginger bug - Refractometer

PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:43 am
by stormy
Read many of the "Ginger bug" threads here, and otherwise searched for use of Refractometer (a simple and cheap device that can measure sugar levels), but found very little info.

My question is why not just measure sugar levels, and see. In my (short) experience, G/B seem to do best with 5% sugar, as soon as it goes up to 10-15-20%, then it dies.. to "fix" this, just pour liquid and replace with water, measure, until you get close to 5%, add a bit of new ginger, and u should be fine, it will bubble shortly after.

Any thoughts on refractometers? I got a cheap one from ebay.

Stormy.

Re: Ginger bug - Refractometer

PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:53 am
by audaciouspiglet
Oooh, that's great information. Thank you!

I've been experimenting but rather randomly and by feel. Dividing it a little bit like sourdough has kept mine going. Perhaps at least in part because I'm keeping the sugar constant instead of the recipes which have it increasing.