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How to Make Ginger Beer with Only Three Ingredients


| 12/17/2018 12:11:00 PM


ginger beer ready to drink
Refreshing homemade ginger beer

Ginger beer tastes like grown up ginger-ale with a spicy kick that burns the back of your throat in a pleasant sort of way. I haven’t actually measured the alcohol content (I need a hydrometer) but I would guess by my ginger beer’s effects that it comes in around the low single digits.

To make ginger beer, you first need to make a ginger bug, a starter that will ferment your drink and transform ordinary ingredients into delicious bubbly goodness. I have read ginger beer recipes that call for commercial yeast and they probably taste good but I prefer to ferment everything in sight via the microbes present on food, in the air, and on my hands.

You’ll find my full instructions for making a ginger bug here. Basically, you grate up a tablespoon of ginger, combine it with a tablespoon of sugar and 1 cup or so of water and feed your bug more ginger and sugar daily for about five days until it bubbles vigorously, smells yeasty and the ginger floats. At that point, you can start your ginger beer (or other fermented drinks like this lemonade or this hibiscus soda).

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Ginger Beer Ingredients

Water. I don’t have a problem with chlorine in my water but if you do, fill a large vessel with water half a day or so before you’ll brew your drink and the chlorine will dissipate. You want to do this because chlorine kills microbes. Without microbes, your drink will not ferment.



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