Winner Winner Chicken Dinner… er.. wait…

So I’m late with the winner post.

I’m sorry.. I know all  of you have been waiting to find out who won.   Since we had a few comments that were either by myself, the author (!), and Ninj who already has the book, I just assigned you all numbers as follows (and in order of comment)

  1. Ida
  2. Adoxy
  3. WrigsMac
  4. Jennifer
  5. Tracy
  6. lifelesssimplicity
  7. saltedplates
  8. Paula
  9. narf77
  10. Angela
  11. Candy
  12. Ashley
  13. Jon in Albany

I ran the random number generator and the winnah is….random

saltedplates!  Congrats! You’ll be getting an email from me requesting your mailing address to send you your copy of True Brews!


Rhubarb soda.. and a True Brews Giveaway!

I’ve said it beforeTrue Brews is a totally fun book.  I’m looking forward to exploring more recipes, like the hard lemonade and the hard cider… maybe even some of the beers but for right now, I’m obsessed with soda.

Last weekend, I got a pound and a half of rhubarb in my CSA and immediately thought SODA!  Rhubarb is tart and we really do enjoy a less sweet soda so I thought it was perfect.

But how does one juice a rhubarb.  Emma to the rescue again!


I do wish my rhubarb was more pink so that I would have a prettier juice.  I actually contemplated putting some red food coloring in there. But I didn’t.

The juice sat in the fridge for a few days so the bits that didn’t filter out would settle to the bottom. Which totally worked. I just poured it out into a big bowl and let the sludge stay in the jar.   I added lime juice, sugar and pitched the yeast.. then bottled it up!

Two days later, I had lovely fizzy, tart rhubarb soda!

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Rhubarb soda
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: Two liters
Developed from the Master Soda Recipe from True Brews: How to Craft Fermented Cider, Beer, Wine, Sake, Soda, Mead, Kefir, and Kombucha at Home. I modified the method to suit my preferences. You wanna know how Emma does it? You gotta get the book!
  • 8 cups of rhubarb juice
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup of cane sugar
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • the juice of three limes
  • ⅛ tsp dry champagne yeast
  • One clean two liter soda bottle or clean 20 ounce soda bottle and three flip top beer bottles.
  1. Boil the 1 cup of water and stir in the sugar and salt to dissolve
  2. Let cool.
  3. Add the sugar water and lime juice to the rhubarb juice and stir to combine.
  4. Taste. Too tart? add sugar. Too sweet? I doubt it, but add lime juice.
  5. Combine the yeast and the remaining cup of water and stir to combine.
  6. Add the yeast mixture to the juice mixture and stir very well.
  7. Bottle, leaving 1 inch of head space and set in a safe place at room temperature.
  8. When the plastic soda bottle is firm and you can hardly make a dent when you push on it, refrigerate the soda overnight. (Do NOT store at room temperature after the original fermentation)

Win a copy of True Brews!

What you are most excited about making from True Brews. Not sure what’s in there? Look inside True Brews at Amazon

No purchase necessary.  This book is NOT donated by the publisher or author (I’m buying it myself.)

To enter:

  1. Leave me a comment letting me know what you want to try making out of True Brews or why you want this book!  Please be sure to fill in the email address field when you comment.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm East Coast time on Monday July 15th, 2013. Winners will be chosen at random (using and will be posted to the blog by Saturday, July 20, 2013. (Probably sooner but a gal gets busy, yanno)
  3. Anyone can enter, but please enter only once.
  4. You will receive the hard copy of the book, shipped from