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Bread of Heaven

Bread has always been the symbolism for sharing and community through many religions and cultures. It is argued that this fermented product was the very reason for civilization.  Bread however in the last 50-70 years has changed. The perfectly sliced rectangle as we know it is not how bread should be and rather it was […]

By Murray Slater

July 9, 2019

Agave Spirit

The agave plant takes eight years to mature in the heat of the semi arid desert. It looks like a cactus yet it’s a member of the lily family, protecting its juicy, fibrous interior with thorny spines. And at its heart are the delicate earthy, spicy and floral flavours that distillers seek to share with […]

By Murray Slater

July 1, 2019

Craft Brewer's Pow Wow - Part 2

In Part two of the Craft Brewer’s Pow Wow we had the privilege to sit down with some of the most influential beer industry personalities locally and internationally. We caught up with The Brew Mistress, Lucy Corne and chatted about the African Beer Cup which she co-founded and directed. Next guest is . JC Styen […]

By Murray Slater

June 7, 2019

How a sourdough starter changed my life

I’m sure that sounds very dramatic. Sure, maybe it didn’t change my life in the same way as hearing Buddy Holly for the first time which kick-started the ongoing soundtrack which has been developing in my head for 25 years. It has, however, changed the way I view food, and with important implications. I’m not […]

By Rob Cass

June 6, 2019

Craft Brewer's Pow Wow - Part 1

Fermented brings you a two part podcast series on the recent Craft Brewers Pow Wow conference held in Cape Town.  Aimed at commercial craft brewers, home brewers and beer enthusiasts, the Powwow exists to create a unified platform for quality, consistency and comradely in the craft beer industry. The conference includes presentations from local and international speakers, […]

By Murray Slater

June 4, 2019

Melaurea Mead - Ernst Thompson

Welcome to  the Fermented Podcast where we celebrate the people behind the wonderful trans-formative world of fermentation in all its many forms. Fermented co founders, Murray Slater and Piet Gees,…

By Murray Slater

March 17, 2019

Who moved my Cheese?

We asked The Cultured Community, Why is cheese so delicious? What are your favourite types of cheese and why? Any local cheese varieties that we must try? Where to go for the best cheese in SA? Last week we welcomed Luke Williams to the community. Luke was the founder and driving passion behind the popular […]

By Murray Slater

February 13, 2019

In Celebration of Beer

Last Saturday South African celebrated National Beer Day (SANBeerDay). An amazing initiative started by community member Lucy Corne in 2017 as a way to celebrate beer and all the wonderful passionate folk that have been pushing our industry forward. This year saw over 100 events around the country and it really felt like the beer […]

By Murray Slater

February 6, 2019

What ya Fermenting?

Last week we asked The Cultured Community what fermenting projects they had on the go? Fermenting at home is a hobby to many and the community is about sharing of knowledge and experiences while also getting exposed to the professionals through meet-ups and demos. First off let’s explore what is Fermentation? The Noma Guide to […]

By Murray Slater

January 30, 2019

Bread of Heaven

Last week The Cultured Community had a discussion on bread. Something that has been apart of civilisation since the first days.It is argued we moved away from our nomadic roots to start cultivating grain for production of bread or though others will argue it was in fact beer. Either way bread is a very big […]

By Murray Slater

January 23, 2019

The De-Cider

We asked the Cultured Community, “Globally craft cider is one of the fastest growing alcohol categories, as consumers look for more natural, higher quality, lower alcohol alternatives. Regrettably South Africa is somewhat behind the pace on this phenomenon and the last three years have not seen the growth that craft cider should have seen on […]

By Murray Slater

January 16, 2019

Festivals - Who Wins?

We asked The Cultured Community this week how do festivals strike a balance between being an experience driven concept that allows for attendees to be educated through tasters and not having the vendors been taken advantage of and walking away with a loss? What is the best system that gives value to the customers, vendors […]

By Murray Slater

December 19, 2018