Immune Boosting Kvass

Immune boosting kvass is made from fermented turmeric, ginger, lemon and beets

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Immune boosting kvass is a savory drink full of vitamins, minerals, probiotics, and antioxidants. It’s perfect for fighting off a cold or flu. It also is a delicious, sugar-free alternative to a sports drink. See the section above for several ways to enjoy this fermented health tonic.


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  • 1 lemon cut into quarters
  • 2 small beets, washed and diced into cubes
  • 1 inch of ginger washed and sliced in half
  • 1 inch of turmeric washed and sliced in half
  • 1/4 cup of starter culture (see notes)
  • 1/2 Tbsp sea salt (depending on culture, see notes)
  • 3 cups filtered water to cover (chlorine-free)


  1. Wash and slice the beets, ginger, and turmeric. Don’t peel the skin off as the skin will help with the fermentation.
  2. If using a vegetable starter, dissolve the salt in ½ cup of water in a 1-quart jar. Otherwise, add the salt after completing the fermentation. See notes for more details.
  3. Add in the starter culture along with the beets, ginger, and turmeric.
  4. Squeeze lemon wedges into the jar, then add them to the jar as well.
  5. Add enough water to fill the jar, leaving 1 inch of headroom at the top.
  6. Use a weight to keep the beets submerged.
  7. Loosely top with a lid (or use a fido or airlock), and leave the jar to ferment somewhere dark for 3-7 days.
  8. Store in the fridge and consume within 1 month.


  • I usually use the ginger bug as my starter for this ferment, but you could use kombucha, leftover fermentation brine, or a purchased vegetable starter.
  • If you are using leftover brine or vegetable starter for this ferment, then add the salt prior to fermentation. However, salt slows down yeast in a ferment, so don’t add it if you are using ginger bug or kombucha until after the fermentation is complete.
  • If you can’t find fresh turmeric, just add a teaspoon of turmeric powder.
  • The kvass is quite salty, so dilute with water (50/50).

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