Frequently Asked Questions
During cucumber fermentation, you will (or should) develop foam. It is a sign that you have an active, healthy, vibrant batch of pickles in the works. Congratulations!
The foam should begin to form on the 2nd day of your initial 3 to 5-day fermenting. The warmer the weather, the faster the foam will accumulate, collecting at the top of the Pickl-It.
You should open the Pickl-It, scooping off the foam, once-a-day for 2-3 days. If you don’t scoop off the foam, your cucumbers (and even occasionally, there’s foam on cabbage, but it is more rare) will be attacked by the wild yeasts, molds and bacteria in the foam, which will break your pickle texture down into inedible, soft shadows of what they could have been.
The acidity of your brine can also be ruined, causing spoilage of your entire batch, so be diligent and scoop, scoop, scoop.
Did you know...
N.Y. Mets rookie pitcher Nolan Ryan uses pickle brine to toughen a tender middle finger on his pitching hand; his fast ball is described as faster than Bob Feller’s; predicted to be the next Sandy Koufax
—1968 Life Magazine
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