The Cultured Guru School of Fermentation

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Fermented
Drinks
Semester

Designed for all experience levels, our fermented drinks semester course will help you understand the microbial processes in beverage fermentation so you can master making fermented drinks at home.

Six weeks is all it takes to empower you with the skills and knowledge to make the most beneficial fermented drinks for gut health.

The Cultured Guru School of Fermentation is founded on the belief that mastery of fermentation is inherently linked to a strong understanding of microorganisms, food history, and food safety parameters.

By studying these topics, you will learn how to to harness fermentation to make the healthiest fermented drinks possible.

This science-based, information-packed course will enhance your understanding of microorganisms and beverage fermentation processes. This course is designed to remove the fears of microorganisms in fermentation and to teach you how to create beneficial, affordable and safe fermented drinks at home.

Who this course is for

Does this sound like you?

orange aand rosemary are this water kefirs flavors

Do you want to make fermented drinks
without fear?

Do you feel like you don’t know enough about fermentation to make fermented drinks yourself? Do you feel scared to ferment drinks at home?
 
We can guide you to understand the microorganisms of fermentation so you feel fully educated and equipped to create fermented beverages at home.
water kefir grains growing in a quart sized mason jar

Do you want to
save tons of money
on Kombucha?

Do you feel like you spend way too much money on kombucha and kefir at the store?

The average bottle of kombucha or kefir at the grocery store is $5 dollars per bottle!

The cost to make the same amount of kombucha at home is about $0.73 per 16 ounce bottle. That’s huge savings!

blood orange and sage kombucha

Do you want the
best results
Every. Single. Time?

Have you failed at fermenting drinks in the past and think its a waste to try again? Have you fermented kombucha before and asked yourself, “is this safe?”

We’ll show you how to develop your own drink recipes, experiment with different fermented drinks and flavors, and how to incorporate unique ingredients…and still get it right every single time.

The fermented drinks semester is for you if...

you love fermented drinks. our students come from all skill levels to gain a deeper understanding of fermentation.

Even If you’ve dabbled in fermentation for a long time, even if you’re just starting out, this course will improve your fermentation skills.

Let's get to the good stuff

Fermented Drinks
Curriculum

Everything that is included if you join today:

tangy grape water kefir being poured on ice cubes in a glass

LESSON 01.

Fermented Drinks
101

Topic 1: The History & Culture of Fermented Drinks

Topic 2: Introducing the Microbes

Topic 3: Fermented Drinks in Health & Disease Prevention

Topic 4: Science Basics & Fermentation Variables

LESSON 02.

Ingredients &
Equipment

Topic 1: Sourcing Quality Ingredients for Drink Fermentation

Topic 2: Equipment & Cleaning Techniques

Topic 3: Recipe Math & Kitchen Scales

Topic 4: An Intensive Guide to SCOBYs, Grains & Starters.

oranges, rosemary, lemons and grated ginger lay upon a cutting board
a finished brew of water kefir with a rosemary sprig floating inside for flavoring

LESSON 03.

Water Kefir

Topic 1: Timelines & the Microbes

Topic 2: Brewing Water Kefir | First Fermentation

Topic 3: Brewing Water Kefir | Second Fermentation & Flavoring

Topic 4: Water Kefir Care & Troubleshooting

Topic 5: How to Develop Your Own Recipes

Bonus: How to Dehydrate Kefir Grains

LESSON 04.

Kombucha

Topic 1: Timelines & the Microbes

Topic 2: Brewing Kombucha | First Fermentation

Topic 3: Brewing Kombucha | Second Fermentation & Flavoring

Topic 4: Fermentation Care & Troubleshooting

Topic 5: How to Develop Your Own Recipes

Bonus: Using Kombucha in Honey Ferments

a mason jar with a growing SCOBY floating on the surface of the kombucha
milk-kefir and grains on a white counter

LESSON 05.

Milk Kefir

Topic 1: Timelines & the Microbes

Topic 2: How to Make Milk Kefir

Topic 3: How to Make Dairy-Free Milk Kefir

Topic 4: Fermentation Care & Troubleshooting

Topic 5: How to Develop Your Own Recipes

LESSON 06.

Ginger Bugs &
Wild Fermented
Drinks

Topic 1: Timelines & the Microbes

Topic 2: How to Make a Ginger Bug

Topic 3: How to Make Wild Fermented Drinks

Topic 4: Fermentation Care & Troubleshooting

Topic 5: How to Develop Your Own Recipes

gingerale being poured in a glass surrounded by lemons and ginger
orange citrus floating in a round glass of water kefir

BONUS LESSON 01.

Recipes with
Fermented Drinks

Topic 1: Smoothies with Kefir

Topic 2: Brew Plain, Flavor After: Probiotic Strawberry Basil Lemonade

Topic 3: Kombucha and Water Kefir Popsicles

BONUS LESSON 02.

Tips & Tricks

Topic 1: How to Grow a SCOBY from Scratch

Topic 2: Encouraging grains & SCOBYs to Multiply

Topic 3: Prebiotics, Probiotics & Postbiotics: Getting the Most out of Your Fermented Drinks

rosemary sprig floating in water kefir

Did someone say free stuff?

BONUS

mhmm. we sure did.

No. 1: two free bonus lessons to get the most out of your fermented drinks

Learn how to incorporate fermented drinks into your daily life with fun recipes. Plus, get our top tips and tricks to growing and caring for fermented drink starter cultures. We’ll also help you understand microbiome basics so you can get the most health benefits from your fermented drinks.

No. 2: Private facebook group
access

Gain access to our Private Facebook Group where you can get feedback from other students, ask questions and get answers, participate in weekly FAQ posts with Kaitlynn, gain inspiration and make connections with others in the fermentation community.

No. 3: Comprehensive workbook download with each lesson.

Each lesson in the Fermented Drinks Semester includes a resourceful and detailed workbook with lesson summaries, recipes, tips and tricks, supplies and ingredient recommendations, worksheets, and more!

NO. 4: a direct line to kaitlynn for all your fermented drink questions.

Have a question about a lesson? Need help with a recipe? As a student in The Fermented Drinks Semester, you’ll have access to one-on-one help from Kaitlynn via email, instagram messaging, and the private facebook group.

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ONE SEMESTER

THE FERMENTED DRINKS SEMESTER
$ 197 Enroll in the fermented DRINKS semester
  • PAY IN FULL (1-TIME PAYMENT)
  • 6 core lessons with 50+ video topics ($997 value)
  • 2 bonus lessons ($197 value)
  • lifetime access to private facebook group ($97 value)
  • 1 on 1 support from kaitlynn ($397 value)
  • 6 comprehensive workbooks ($297 value)

BUNDLE & SAVE

THE FERMENTED FOODS & FERMENTED DRINKS SEMESTERS
$ 397 Enroll in BOTH semesterS
  • PAY IN FULL (1-TIME PAYMENT)
  • 13 core lessons with 100+ video topics ($1,994 value)
  • 4 bonus lessons ($394 value)
  • lifetime access to private facebook group ($97 value)
  • 1 on 1 support from kaitlynn ($397 value)
  • 14 comprehensive workbooks ($594 value)

FAQ

I have a few questions...

Our Fermented Drinks Semester course is designed for all experience levels. Even if you’ve dabbled in fermentation for a long time, even if you’re just starting out, this course will improve your fermentation skills.

This is a six week course, with two weeks of bonus lessons.

Yes! You will receive immediate access to all of the lessons in the Fermented Drinks Semester and can work through the course at whatever pace suits you.

The Fermented Drinks Semester begins on June 29, 2021

Yes! This course is designed with a 6 week format in mind, but we understand each student learns at their own pace. You can always come back to the material weeks or months later.
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Enroll now!

ONE SEMESTER

THE FERMENTED DRINKS SEMESTER
$ 197 Enroll in the fermented DRINKS semester
  • PAY IN FULL (1-TIME PAYMENT)
  • 6 core lessons with 50+ video topics ($997 value)
  • 2 bonus lessons ($197 value)
  • lifetime access to private facebook group ($97 value)
  • 1 on 1 support from kaitlynn ($397 value)
  • 6 comprehensive workbooks ($297 value)

BUNDLE & SAVE

THE FERMENTED FOODS & FERMENTED DRINKS SEMESTERS
$ 397 Enroll in BOTH semesterS
  • PAY IN FULL (1-TIME PAYMENT)
  • 13 core lessons with 100+ video topics ($1,994 value)
  • 4 bonus lessons ($394 value)
  • lifetime access to private facebook group ($97 value)
  • 1 on 1 support from kaitlynn ($397 value)
  • 14 comprehensive workbooks ($594 value)
kaitlynn fenley's headshot sees her sitting in front of her microscope looking back at us

hey future fermenter

I’m a microbiologist (BSc Microbiology, LSU) certified in Food Safety and Preventive Controls. Food microbiology is my jam.

Along with my partner Jon we’ve been commercially operating a fermented foods company for five years. We ferment vegetables in American white oak barrels and supply prestigious stores, like Whole Foods Market.
 
I created this course with the wisdom-sharing mission of the guru. I was born to teach people a holistic view of the microbial universe, to remove the fear and mystery of microorganisms through education and modern imagery so that everyone can embrace microbes as our necessary partners.
 
My mission here is to teach you everything I know about fermentation in order to make microbiome health accessible to all.

Natural fermentation precedes human history. Since ancient times, humans have exploited the fermentation process. It’s only reasonable that in our modern times, we respect the microbes, and choose to understand them in order to harness fermentation in the healthiest way possible. That’s why I created The Cultured Guru School of Fermentation!