Homemade Ginger Beer Recipe

This quick and easy recipe uses fresh ginger to make a tasty homemade ginger brew in two or three days.


| November 2011 Web



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Tasty homemade ginger beer mixes well with spirits and with elderflower cordial.

Photo By Noel Murphy

The following is an excerpt from "How to Make Your Own Drinks" by Susy Atkins (Mitchell Beazley/Octopus, 2011). The excerpt is from the chapter titled "Honey and ginger drinks." 

Ginger Beer
Makes just over 2 quarts; keeps for 7 days in the refrigerator 

Some home-brewers swear by a ginger “plant”—a concentrate made with sugar, ground ginger, and yeast, which can be divided and used again and again—but I rarely bother with the rest of the “plant” after making just one batch of beer. This quick and easy recipe, using fresh ginger, does away with all that malarkey and makes a tasty ginger brew in two or three days. A word to the wise (and parents): this is, of course, mildly alcoholic. And please note all the cautions about exploding bottles.

1½ tbsp fresh ginger root, peeled and grated
7 oz (1 scant cup) granulated sugar
½ tsp cream of tartar
2 quarts cold water
1 lemon
½ tsp fast-action baker’s yeast

1. Put the grated ginger, sugar, cream of tartar and 1 pint of the cold water in a large saucepan. Bring it to a boil.

2. Cut the lemon in half, squeeze the juice of both halves into the pan, then add in one-half to boil, discarding the other (the lemon flavor is too strong with both).

edwcorey
6/20/2013 12:32:48 PM

Instead of capping a plastic (ugh) bottle, can you use a glass bottle with a balloon over the opening?


edwcorey
6/20/2013 12:32:21 PM

Instead of capping a plastic (ugh) bottle, can you use a glass bottle with a balloon over the opening?






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