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How to Make Probiotic Drinks for a Raw Food Diet: Kefir, Kombucha, Ginger Beer, and Naturally Fermented Ciders, Sodas, and Smoothies Paperback – September 28, 2012

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I tasted my first GT's Kombucha ™ six months ago and was hooked. I never knew you could make this stuff at home so easily. You just saved me five bucks a day! -Evan Johns, Riverside, CA

This is a practical, efficient guide in a small package. I have made both kefir and ginger beer at home before and it is just this simple. --Wendy Palmer

Nice book! A few years ago, I attended a sauerkraut making demonstration by Sandor Katz. Since then, I have made my own sauerkraut and cultured pickles a few times. I'm excited to try my own cultured root beer and apple cider. -J. DeLong, Chicago

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Partway through your day, you crave a sugary soda with its sweet, tangy flavors and carbonated bubbles. At the end of a long day or week, you're ready to sit back and treat yourself to something a little stronger. I used to have both these cravings, but now I find that a mostly non-alcoholic, low-sugar drink like kefir or kombucha hits the spot. It's a lot healthier, too.

According to Sally Fallon Morell, President of the Weston A. Price Foundation, humans have been enjoying fermented drinks for so long that both our soda and alcohol cravings may stem from a need for probiotic, fermented drinks. Fermented foods, including fermented drinks, are important aspects of a raw food diet. These were the beverages of choice for our Paleo Diet ancestors.

If you enjoy eating yogurt as part of a healthy diet, then consider trying some probiotic drinks as well. You will love the taste and health benefits of milk kefir, kombucha, ginger beer, yogurt smoothies, and naturally fermented ciders and sodas. Each of these drinks is quite simple to make using the same beneficial probiotic cultures that our ancestors have used for thousands of years.

Research has shown that naturally fermented probiotic foods and drinks carry important benefits for health, including the possibility of improved digestion and enhanced immunity. In my case, I definitely feel more energetic and vigorous from drinking some kefir or kombucha. I wrote this book to help other people discover these health benefits and save money over the cost of buying these beverages at a health food store or smoothie shop. I hope you enjoy this simple guide. Cheers! -R.J. 
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 38 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480012351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480012356
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By B. Hanni on February 19, 2013
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This has great information for learning how to make healthy probiotic drinks. It discusses each drink and the specific health benefits that it provides. It is pretty basic, though, and wouldn't give much additional information to someone who has already started culturing probiotic foods. For example, the section on kefir has basic information that one would usually receive when purchasing kefir grains. It would be helpful for someone who got some extra grains from a friend and had never tried to make it themselves.

This book is best suited to someone who is going to be culturing their first batches of probiotic drinks. I found that I used it as a guide when making my first batch of kefir and kombucha, and didn't need to use it after that.
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I had made a batch of kombucha (certainly not my first, I'd made it several times in the past) and got this the day I was to test my batch. It was as if my kombucha never took off. It was just week-old sweet tea! I was so disappointed. After reading this guide I learned that the kombucha needs a slightly acidic environment to develop. Well, I had used alkaline water to make that batch so there was no way it was going to develop. Without this book i wouldn't have known that and probably would've thrown my $20 scoby in the compost bin. I tried again, this time using purified water with a mid-range pH level. 12 days later, I have gorgeous kombucha!

Now, I am going to try the kefir recipe using coconut milk. This book has inspired me.
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This ebook is a great high level resource on making your own probiotic drinks. For only a dollar, I was very pleasantly surprised. It provides good straightforward DIY info to make yogurt, kefir, kombucha, ginger beer, and rejuvelac.
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This very short book is a good way to learn about probiotic drinks and will help you decide which ones might interest you. It contains information and recipes which are easy to follow and will assist any beginner in their quest for a healthier lifestyle. A solid 4 stars from me.
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This book was very informative and a great resource on the different types of probiotics out there and how to use them in your raw food diet.
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This was a pretty good book. It gave some history and how to. The only thing it was missing was a beet kvass recipe.
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By Matilda on May 25, 2013
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This book is ok but kind of sketchy for a beginner to use. I am new to fermenting kefir water and found more info on line but still refer to this book for a quick reminder.
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I bought this cuz it sounded good but for the price i think it is a poor quality book. Flimsy paper. Great recipes. Not written well. Hard to follow at times. Very pricey for the quality. I might purchase more though because he has great ideas. Just real unhappy with the cost. I expected a hardbound or at least a better quality paper for the money.
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