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Ginger Beer Recipe

November 03, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 92

Ginger Beer Recipe

This is the recipe we use for our ginger beer. This recipe makes a mildly alcoholic version.

The Plant


Dried Yeast (15g) Water (500ml) Sugar Ground Ginger Juice of two lemons


Large jam jar with lid


Take the dried yeast and put it into the jam jar, then add the water. Mix the yeast and water well, then add two teaspoons of ground ginger and two teaspoons of sugar. Each day for the following week add a further teaspoon of both ginger and sugar.

On the ninth day, take the mixture and strain through a muslin cloth or other filter and when complete put the residue back into the original jar (we can use this mixture again). Into the liquid squeeze the juice of the two lemons and the liquid ginger beer plant is ready to use.

The Residue: Keep this and divide this into two jars as the base for two more ginger beer plants. You can either keep this for future use or pass it onto a friend. Just add 500ml of water to each of the new plants along with the starter two teaspoons of ground ginger and two teaspoons of sugar and repeat the seven day building process. You can repeat this as many times as you like.

The Beer


Sugar (60g) Cold Boiled Water (5 litres) Ginger Beer Plant


Large pan Bottles Funnel

Before you start, sterilize the bottles using either a hot wash in the dishwasher or wash in hot water and dry them in a low oven taking them out as you need them.

To make the beer itself, take a large pan (preferably with a spout) and add the sugar and the ginger beer plant. Now make this up to 5 litres with the cold boiled water (or spring water / bottled water if you prefer) stirring well until all of the sugar has dissolved. Now pour the mix into the bottles making use of the funnel, if, like me you spill everything in reach. Cap the bottles either with plastic caps that can pop off or simply use a cork. I have found that it is best not to cap with the sealed metal bottle caps as this can lead to an over pressurised bottle and a ginger beer shampoo when the bottle is opened. You want the ginger beer to be fizzy but it's a good idea to ensure that if the bottle does go a bit mad, that the gas can easily escape.

Leave the beer for 7 to 10 days before drinking.

© Andy Hammett 2011. All rights reserved. Permission is granted for distribution and reproduction for non profit purposes.

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