Frequently Asked Questions
A very simple explanation, provided by Science Clarified is:
The chemical reaction that occurs in fermentation can be described quite easily. Starch is converted to simple sugars such as sucrose and glucose. Those sugars are then converted to alcohol (ethyl alcohol) and carbon dioxide.
Carbon dioxide creates the “fizz” in fermented foods, in addition to forcing oxygen up and out the airlock, creating healthy anaerobic conditions.
Creating kefir in a Pickl-It results in a carbonated, “champagne” style –
“The CO2 gas produced leads to fine flake” coagulation formation and also imparts a sparkling mouth feel to kefir. The presence of the gas bubbles in the drink has prompted some to refer to kefir as the champaign of fermented milk drinks.” Handbook of Fermented Functional Foods, p. 90
Excess carbon dioxide is a problem in some closed-fermentation systems, if it doesn’t have a means to escape, leading to possible explosions of the vessel. The Pickl-It airlock manages the carbon dioxide content, keeping it at a safe, even level.
Did you know...
The term “probiotics” was first introduced in 1953 by the German microbiologist, Werner Kollath.
—Probiotics First Named
I was intrigued by the whey-method although I kept thinking, "This really can't work. It sounds like a bad idea." I had my undergrad class check out whey-ferment vs no-whey, using the German crocks. Wow. I should have listened to my original thinking. Bad idea! Don't use whey! Not only is it low-count, but the flavor is awful and the texture even worse! Love your Pickl-It! Great tool for teaching!
—Gary, University Microbiology Professor