Make Probiotics at Home – 7 Great Recipe Books

Once you jump on the probiotics bandwagon and understand its importance in digestive health, you will want to make probiotics at home when you realize how easy and cost effective it is. A few recipes printed from online no longer satisfies you and you want some added variety.

You need a good probiotics recipe book or two to provide you with the variety you desire. This article highlights 7 top-rated ones from which to choose.

A Beginner’s Guide to Fermentation

Fermenting - A Beginners Guide to Fermentation Book

Fermenting: A Beginner’s Guide to Fermentation—Recipes, Food Preservation Techniques, and the Benefits of Cultivating Probiotic-Rich Foods and Drinks for Better Gut Health by Self Reliant Books – July 2022

Fermented foods and drinks often have a very different flavor than their unfermented counterparts, and they are a beneficial way to preserve food for long-term.

This book guides you on the prep tools you need to get started with fermenting and has a great chapter devoted to frequently asked questions – many of which are already rolling through your mind!

It discusses, tips, best practices and pitfalls to avoid along with a section on troubleshooting. Simple traditional recipes – kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi help you “test the waters” before jumping into more robust recipes.

Available in Kindle, Audiobook and Paperback

Yoghurt and Kefir Recipes – Make Probiotics at Home

71 Yoghurt and Kefir Recipes

Homemade Yogurt & Kefir: 71 Recipes for Making & Using Probiotic-Rich Ferments by Gianaclis Caldwell – May 2020

Yogurt and kefir are popular probiotics which are a source of protein and beneficial gut bacteria. The author provides simple instructions, and the basics of making dairy ferments, as well as the type of equipment needed, to various options for thickening, sweetening, and flavoring.

Along with traditional recipes, you will also find instructions for creating different styles of yogurt and kefir as well as other traditional milk ferments from around world. 

Available in Kindle, and Paperback

Probiotic Drinks

75 Delicious Probiotic Drinks

Delicious Probiotic Drinks: Simple Recipes for Kombucha, Kefir, Ginger Beer, and Other Naturally Fermented Drinks by Julia Mueller – April 2020

75 illustrated recipes are provided with clear step-by-step instructions. Interesting recipes that are included: cultured vegetable juice, lacto-fermented lemonade and rejuvelac.

Julia Mueller shows how making probiotic drinks at home can be fun, more cost-effective than buying ready-made drinks from the store, and delicious tasting.

This book is the ultimate guide to homemade probiotic drinks. 

Available in Kindle, Hardcover and Paperback

Kombucha, Kefir and Beyond Book

Kombucha, Kefir, and Beyond: A Fun and Flavorful Guide to Fermenting Your Own Probiotic Beverages at Home by Alex Lewin / Raquel Guajardo – October 2019

Learn why to ferment your drinks and the history of fermentation. It lays out the process, the tools you will need and details how to get started, including some great
five-minute recipes.

Kombucha, Kefir, and Beyond is filled with innovative drink recipes, ranging from healthy homemade sodas to cider and traditional recipes that you can make in your kitchen, all at a fraction of the cost of those bought from stores.

This hugely popular book comes in Kindle, Hardback and Paperback.

Make Probiotics at Home – Kombucha Drinks Only

DIY Kombucha Book

DIY Kombucha: 60 Nourishing Tonics for Health & Happiness by Rockridge Press – March 2015

Kombucha is a popular drink (among those who drink it) widely sold in many grocery and health food stores in many flavors. It is usually infused with fruits, herbs, spices, vegetables and other flavors to tone down its naturally tangy note. As with most probiotics, it is an acquired taste

If you regularly buy kombucha in stores, you will find that the costs add up! The DIY Kombucha book comes to the rescue! It discusses the health benefits of kombucha and provides recipes for quick mixes, effervescent infusions, blended drinks and healthy mocktails.

What is a mocktail? Learn about this delightful drink in the book!

Available in Kindle and Paperback

The Big Book of Kombucha Book

The Big Book of Kombucha: Brewing, Flavoring, and Enjoying the Health Benefits of Fermented Tea Paperback – by Hannah Crum and Alex LaGory – March 2016

This is truly the king of them all and widely popular too!!

The book comes with 400 recipes and a whopping 268 unique flavor combinations so that you can get exactly the taste you want, all for a fraction of the price you would pay in the grocery or health store.

The guide, not only shows you to brew your kombucha from start to finish, but provides illustrated step-by-step instructions and best of all – troubleshooting tips. 

Available in Kindle, Hardcover and Paperback.

Foods and Drinks – 100 Recipes

The Farmhouse Culture Guide to Fermenting Book

The Farmhouse Culture Guide to Fermenting: Crafting Live-Cultured Foods and Drinks with 100 Recipes from Kimchi to Kombucha by Kathryn Lukas and Shane Peterson  (August 2019)

Comes in Kindle and Hardcover only and this is another widely popular book.

The book certainly lives up to its name as the Farmhouse Culture Guide to Fermenting as it provides a lot more than information on Kraut, Kimchi and Water Kefir.

You can also learn about carbonating and flavoring fermented beverages, dry salted ferments, brined ferments and more.


To make probiotics at home is not as difficult as you would expect. Among these top-rated 7 books, you will most certainly find one that provides you delightful recipes and how to get started fermenting.

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