San Francisco Fermentation Group SFFerments


San Francisco Fermentation Group (SFFerments) is a group of folks in the Bay Area who are interested in learning more about fermentation and joining to make ferments together.

What is fermentation?
Fermentation is the process of metabolizing a foodstock (called a substrate) by microorganisms. The microorganisms use the substrate to grow and reproduce. In the process the substrate is converted to a fermentation product, which is the desired substance. The product can contain lactic acid, alcohol, or complex organics as produced in cheese, wine, and beer making.

Why do people ferment?
Fermentation achieves three objectives:
It preserves the substrate harvested in quantity at the peak of the season in the form of the product, which is more resistant to degradation.
It makes some nutrients in the substrate more available and produces other products of nutritional value.
The product has improved flavor compared to the substrate.
All these factors are reasons to ferment. And we hope to show you how!

Questions? Email dave1 at sfwcf dot com

Our event calendar:

Upcoming events:

In addition to the events listed below, we have occasional private ferment-making parties. If you would like to be invited to this kind of event (NOT FREE, because we need to recover the cost of ingredients) email dave1 at sfwcf dot com

July 12, 2017 6:30PM Fiery Ferments with the Shockeys

About Fiery Ferments:
The authors of the best-selling Fermented Vegetables (SFPL Main, 11/2015) are back, and this time they’ve brought the heat with them. Whet your appetite with more than 60 recipes for hot sauces, mustards, pickles, chutneys, relishes, and kimchis from around the globe. Chiles take the spotlight, but other traditional spices like horseradish, ginger, and peppercorns also make cameo appearances. Dozens of additional recipes for breakfast foods, snacks, entrées, and beverages highlight the many uses for hot ferments.

Prior events:

March 2, 2017 at 6:30PM Indian "Style" Kraut

Shiva-kraut slides in PDF format.

August 17, 2016 at 6 pm
Curtido - Salvadorean Sauerkraut

Richmond branch of the Public Library, 351 9th Ave. (near Clement)
Make this delicious fermented sauerkraut featuring carrots and oregano alongside the usual cabbage. Lots of tips on how to wow your friends with this special side dish.
Curtido slides in PDF format.

July 19, 2016 at 6PM
Making traditional dill pickles

Dave described the steps in traditional dill pickle making and demonstrated the pickling process on a small batch. We made a "group" pickle and you could take one home to ferment.
Pickle slides in PDF format.

June 30, 2016 at 6 pm
Making Yogurt at Home

Richmond branch of the Public Library, 351 9th Ave. (near Clement)
Making your own yogurt needs no special equipment and produces a vastly superior product to commercial yogurt BECAUSE it is matched to your own family's tastes and desires. Come here about how to do this and sample wild and tame yogurt.
Yogurt slides in PDF format.

June 9th, 2016 at 6PM

This delicious cabbage-based ferment from Korea was featured.
Kimchi slides in PDF format.

March 26, 2016 at 1:30 pm
Ginger Beer, natural soft drink

Showing you how to make ginger beer. This traditional and refreshing beverage can be made either alcohol-free, or with a low alcohol content like beer.
Ginger beer slides in PDF format.

February 20, 2016 at 1:30 pm
Kombucha and Kefir, fermented beverages

Richmond branch of the Public Library, 351 9th Ave. (near Clement) on making kombucha (a ferment of sweet tea) and kefir (a ferment of fresh milk, somewhat like a pourable yogurt).
Kombucha and Kefir slides in PDF format.

February 3, 2016 at 6:30 pm
Making Yogurt at Home

Ingleside branch of the Public Library, 1298 Ocean Ave. (at Plymouth)
Yogurt slides in PDF format.

November 19, 2015 6PM
Fermented vegetables, with Kirsten and Christopher Shockey

At the SFPL Main Library (Grove and Market) Latino/Hispanic Community Room.

November 10, 2015 6:30PM Sandor Katz Fermentation Workshop on video

West Portal Public Library Children's Room.

September 22, 2015 6:30PM
Making Yogurt at Home

West Portal Public Library Children's Room.

Last updated: May 8, 2017