I tried to make homemade kimchi for the first time today using maangchi's "easy kimchi" recipe. everything looks beautiful except:
1. I didn't use the squid
2. I couldn't find korean pepper flakes so had to settle with my mom's red pepper powder (paprika?)
anyway I know maangchi said you could eat it right away or let it store in the fridge if you wanted it to become sour..storing it outside will let it ferment faster..I let it store in the fridge and after about 1 hour in the fridge I wanted to taste it. of course it wasn't sour yet ( I think maangchi said if you keep it in the fridge it should take 1 day to ferment and get sour?) but it was also a bit bitter and grainy. will this just go away once it has properly fermented in a day or so?
I'm worried that it was due to my using the wrong kind of pepper powder :( I put a lot of effort into making this and it did take 2 hours and a half lol
thanks for any feedback