Homemade Soda Recipes: Ginger Ginger Ale

Make your own ginger ale at home!


| June 2011 Web



Homemade Soda book cover

Making your own soda is easy and inexpensive. Best of all, you control the sweetness level and ingredients, so you can create a drink that’s exactly what you want. "Homemade Soda" offers techniques and recipes for making a variety of beverages, from Pomegranate Punch and Fizzy Water to Root Beer and Sparkling Orange Creamsicle.

Photo Courtesy Storey Publishing

The following is an excerpt from Homemade Soda by Andrew Schloss (Storey, 2011). The excerpt is from Chapter 3: Root Beers and Cola Brew.  

The combination of fresh and dried ginger gives this ginger ale an extra layer of flavor, a potent floral aroma, and minimal heat. Because the flavor develops during fermentation, this soda must be made with yeast.
This recipe does not begin with a flavor base. Follow the complete brewing instructions to make one gallon of Ginger Ginger Ale.

To Brew: 

3 1/2 quarts water
3 ounces fresh gingerroot, coarsely grated
1 (1-inch) length dried ginger
1 pound sugar
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/8 teaspoon champagne yeast (Saccharomyces bayanus) 

1. Combine the water, fresh ginger and dried ginger in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Let simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Then add the sugar and vinegar, stirring until the sugar dissolves.

2. Remove from the heat and let cool until the mixture reaches warm room temperature, from 75 to 80°F. Strain out the ginger. Add the yeast, stirring until it is completely dissolved.





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