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Old Fashioned Home Made Ginger Beer

Updated on December 23, 2014
Refreshing glass of ginger beer
Refreshing glass of ginger beer | Source

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!

Refreshing glass of Ginger Beer with lunch
Refreshing glass of Ginger Beer with lunch

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

Grated ginger

2 litres of water


  1. Use a funnel to pour the sugar into the 2 litre bottle
  2. Pour the yeast through the funnel
  3. Put your grated ginger in a bowl, add the lemon juice and stir. Add the mixture to the bottle.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
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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
Fresh ginger

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

Ginger Beer : From Wright's book of 3000 practical receipts, or complete book of reference, for medicine, cookery, pastry, & preserving - 1869.

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.

Old English Ginger Beer Recipe : From Dr. Chase's Third, Last and Complete Receipt Book and Household Physician. = 1891

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!

Ginger Beer - super simple to make
Ginger Beer - super simple to make

© 2010 Susanna Duffy

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      OH GREAT! I fell in love with ginger beer this year, so being able to make it is wonderful! Thank you, thank you for the recipe.

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      Helene-Malmsio 5 years ago

      Goodness Gracious Me, Susanna, this is an absolutely & totally delicious and refreshing home made ginger beer!!!!!

      This is the best one I have ever tasted - and I have made a lot of varieties - everyone simply has to try this home made ginger beer recipe - it only takes about 10 minutes from start to finish, and the results will delight the whole family - YUM!!!

      And I'm particularly thrilled that I have control of the ingredients (all organic & I even use rainwater!) so I know what I'm giving my body, and it's so fast and simple it will be no hassle at all to always have one prepared and cold anytime anyone wants a drink.

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      Helene-Malmsio 5 years ago

      woo hoo - I am going to try this one out - gingerbeer overnight!!!!

      I used to make my husband the traditional gingerbeer, with the ginger plant fermenting for a week or so etc. and put it in glass bottles, but one night some of them decided to burst (what a mess) and I haven't been enthusiastic about making it since. THIS is a great recipe, simple and fast, make it bottle by bottle, and I will always have some fresh in the fridge, BEAUTY!

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      nickirc lm 6 years ago

      Well I'd thought I'd tried every beer...guess i will have to add this one. thanks.

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      Leah J. Hileman 6 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      My favorite beverage just got MORE favorite, now that I learned how to make my own. Thanks! I'm definitely going to try this.

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      jimmyworldstar 6 years ago

      I'll have to try this method, I buy a lot of ginger beer imported from Jamaica. It's missing a few ingredients but I'm sure it'll be acceptable until I learn to make it better.

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      katemiya 6 years ago

      I love love love ginger beer. It never fails how many times I have sent the uninitiated to the store to buy some, they will look in the alcoholic drink section even though I tell them it is a soda like root beer. :)

      One of these days I will have to try my hand at making some ginger beer from scratch!

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      TravelingRae 6 years ago

      I just may have to try this!

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      phoenix arizona f 6 years ago

      I never need to be prodded to try new beer recipes.

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      i really like ginger beer. i may have to try making my own.

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      Susanna Duffy 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      @SandyMertens: Have you made a lens about root beer? I would love to try it

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      Julia M S Pearce 7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Will have to make some soon with lots of ginger!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I have made homemade root beer but not ginger beer. This is a keeper. Will have to make it.

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      I'll have a ginger beer if you'll have a butterbeer...

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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      Sounds easy enough. I'd never heard of ginger beer before.

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      happynutritionist 7 years ago

      This sounds yummy, am passing it along for my hubby to take a look at, he used to drink it and it looks easy to make.