Probiotic Rhubarb (waste) Beer 

This fermented, probiotic beer/soda if by far my favourite wild fermented soda I have ever made and what’s even better about it, is it’s made from the waste parts of the rhubarb, like all the stringy bit and the ends.


Roughly 500g of waste rhubarb (after using the good parts of the rhubarb for something else)

375ml sugar

2 lemons, juiced

6L of water

1x ginger bug (or make one here)


  1. Put rhubarb, and 2L of water into a large pan and bring to the boil. Once boiling simmer for 30mins.
  2. Take off the heat and add the sugar and stir until dissolved.
  3. Strain the rhubarb from the liquid and then add the other 4L of cold water and the juice of the two lemons.
  4. The liquid should be cool now, add the ginger bug and stir. Pour this all into a large plastic bucket or glass jar (not metal).  Put lid on and leave for 24hrs in a warm place.
  5. After 24hrs it should smell like ginger beer and be bubbling. If not give it a little more ginger and sugar and leave another 24hrs.
  6. Sieve again as you pour it into plastic bottles but leave at least 3/4 inches empty at the top.
  7. Leave in a cool place until you wish to drink, which should be a minimum of 5 days later (be careful when opening as it may be lively).
  8. All or most of the sugar will be eaten up by the fermentation process.


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