PRESENT DAY MOMS

Old Fashioned Ginger Beer

Emily DaFoe
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As a kid, there was nothing better than sipping on a cold old fashioned ginger beer to cool off from the mid-summer heat. This easy to make recipe has all the good stuff in it; natural ingredients and natural probiotics! Plus it tastes delicious too! 

This is a 2 step process. You will make the ginger ‘plant’ first, and then a week later you will complete the ginger beer syrup and bottle your brew. 

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GINGER PLANT - PART 1

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 raisins (or sultanas as they say in Australia)

  • Juice 2 lemons

  • 1 Teaspoon Lemon Pulp

  • 2 Teaspoons Ginger (fresh ground or powdered)

  • 2 cups cold water (use natural dechlorinated filtered water)

  • 4 Teaspoons Sugar

  • Large Jar with Lid

TIME

10 mins to prep. 7-10 days until complete fermentation. 

METHOD

STEP 1:

Combine all ingredients into a sterilized screw-top jar. Put the lid on and leave out on the counter for 2-3 days. In warm weather, the mixture should start to ferment. ( To sterilize the jar and lid, boil in water for 5-10 mins or place in the oven for approx 20 minutes )

STEP 2:

Then each day for 1 week, add 2 teaspoons of ground ginger (or powdered), and 4 teaspoons sugar into the jar. This is referred to as ‘feeding the plant.’

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TO MAKE GINGER BEER

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 cups boiling water

  • 3 cups of sugar

  • Juice 4 Lemons

  • 1.65 Gallons of dechlorinated cold water (211 ounces or 26.5 cups or 6.25 liters)

  • 18 x 16 oz reusable glass bottles.

  • XL Pot

  • Funnel

  • Stocking or muslin

  • Small strainer

TIME

30 mins to prep & bottle

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METHOD

STEP 1:

Dissolve sugar into boiling water, add lemon juice. Place a piece of muslin or stocking into your strainer and pour the PLANT through the strainer adding it into the boiling water/lemon juice mix. Squeeze the muslin/stocking dry and put the remanence of the PLANT to the side. Bring the entire mixture to boil, then turn off the heat.

STEP 2:

Sterilize your bottles. You can do this by either; 1) Dipping in a rolling water bath for 5-10 minutes. 2) Putting them in the oven for 20mins (be sure to remove plastic rubber from caps). 3) Cleaning them in bleach or disinfectant… Here is a helpful link to correctly sanitize your bottles to avoid any bacteria buildup. https://www.morebeer.com/articles/sanitizingmethods.

STEP 3:

Add 1.65 gallons of cold water into your mix. Use a measuring jug and funnel to pour the mixture into the clean, dry bottles. Seal the bottles securely and keep for 3 days before using. Store your bottles in a cool dark environment. 

STEP 4:

After 3 days carefully uncap your bottles to release the carbon dioxide build up, and then recap. Do this every day for 5-7 days. This will ensure that your bottles will not explode from the Carbon Dioxide pressure that will naturally occur from the fermentation.

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