Frequently Asked Questions
“Aerobic” fermentation means that oxygen is present. Wine, beer and acetic acid vinegar (such as apple cider vinegar), need oxygen in the “primary” or first stage of fermentation.
When creating acetic vinegar, for example, exposing the surface of the vinegar to as much oxygen as possible, creates a healthy, flavorful vinegar with the correct pH.
Aerobic fermentation actually is a misnomer, fermentation by definition is anaerobic. In the presence of Oxygen (aerobic) “cellular respiration,” not fermentation, occurs. The bacteria involved in fermentation actually prefer to use Oxygen, because it is more energy efficient. However, “cellular respiration” does NOT produce lactic-acid, the goal of lacto-fermentation.
As Oxygen is NOT desirable in the lactic-acid fermentation process, Pickl-It was designed to optimize for anaerobic fermentation.
Did you know...
Pickles were highly regarded by all of America’s pioneering generations because, under frontier conditions, pickles were the only zesty, juicy, green, succulent food available for many months of the year.
—Zesty, Juicy, Green!
Wow!! Thanks for your helpful guidance as we switched our water kefir fermentation over to the Pickl-It system. We’ve been making water kefir for over a year, but it has always been open to the air with just a mesh covering. A couple of days ago our Christmas 3 – 3 Bundle came in and we set up the water kefir grains in a 1 L. It was time to harvest (& taste!!) this morning and IT IS SOOOOO GOOD!!!! There are none of the vinegary notes that were present in our past batches. It’s fully done – which I judge by the fact that it’s only very very slightly sweet, and the carbonation is good (on the subtle side instead of tickling your nose). It’s perfection! The flavor is very pleasing and refreshing. There’s no going back now : ) This is an easy breezy way to ferment excellent water kefir for sure!
—Janice S. - Indiana