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Old Fashioned Home Made Ginger Beer
The only way to drink Ginger Beer
Cool yourself with the fresh, spicy, yeasty taste of old fashioned ginger beer just like your grandmother made.
Ginger Beer is super simple to make, all you need are some 2 litre plastic bottles, some sugar, ginger and yeast. Then just add water.
Don't be nervous about using yeast, you only sprinkle a bit from a teaspoon into a bottle, and don't ever be hesitant about making ginger beer.
In the old days of glass it was possible for mishaps to happen - like exploding bottles! Not any more, we have access to plastic.
Lie back in your chair and admire your homemade ginger beer sparkling in the glass!
Some ginger beer recipes can take a week before they're ready, but this one is all set to be chilled in the frig after one day
Cup of sugar
1/4 tsp yeast
Juice of one lemon
2 litres of water
- Use a funnel to pour the sugar into the 2 litre bottle
- Pour the yeast through the funnel
- Put your grated ginger in a bowl, add the lemon juice and stir. Add the mixture to the bottle.
- Rinse the bowl you just used with a little water and pour into the bottle. Put the cap tightly on the bottle and SHAKE Fill the bottle up to the neck with tepid-to-cool water, you need a couple of inches of head space so don't fill it right up. Screw the cap back on tightly.
- Put the bottle in a warm place for 24 hours - till it feels hard. If you can push your thumb into the bottle and make a dent, it's not hard enough. As soon as it feels hard to your thumb, place the bottle in the frig.
- To serve, pour the ginger beer into a jug through a fllter (to strain out the bits of ginger) and, from there, pour into glasses.
Pick up the yeast at the super market either in a packet or small jar. Look for fresh granular active baker's yeast of any brand.
Fresh Ginger Root
Scald a piece of fresh ginger.
Peel and finely grate enough to fill 1 teaspoon
After you make your first bottle of ginger beer, you may decide you want the taste to be sharper.
You can add half a teaspoon, or even a full teaspoon more to your next batch.
Forget the glass! It's easy enough to build up a stockpile of plastic bottles.
Ginger Beer of the 19th Century
Loaf sugar, 1 pound; rasped ginger, 1 ounce; cream of tartar, 1 ounce; boiling water, 1 gallon. Mix and cover them up close for one hour, then add essence of lemon, 15 drops; yeast, 2 spoonfuls. Strain, bottle, and wire down the corks.
White sugar, 3/4 pound; cream of tartar and gingerroot, bruised, each 3/4 ounce; juice and grated yellow of 1 lemon; water, 1 gallon; fresh yeast, 1 tablespoonful; essence of wintergreen or sassafras as you prefer, or half as much of each, if a mixed flavor is liked.
Directions: Put all into a jar, except the yeast and essence, and pour out over the water, boiling hot; cover, and let stand until it is only lukewarm, and add the yeast and essence, and let stand in a cool place 24 hours; strain and bottle, securing the corks tightly. It will be ready in about 3 days. More or less flavor may be used to suit different tastes.
Homemade Ginger Beer is slightly alcoholic, so watch how much the kids drink!
© 2010 Susanna Duffy