I've made a new ginger bug from some pretty old ginger.
The ginger has been sitting on my counter long enough for some of it to actually sprout new shoots, but it smells fine and doesn't show any signs of having gone bad.
I got great fermenation, plenty of bubbles, etc. However, I'm told that a ginger bug should smell like "fresh ginger" which this one decidedly doesn't.
It smells slightly medicinal and very alcoholic. Not sure if it is actually alcoholic, as I haven't tasted it.
The ginger smell in it is pretty strong, but doesn't smell like "fresh" ginger - more like ginger tea. The ginger and sugar used were both organic.
Is this how it's supposed to smell?