Thursday, June 28, 2012

Ginger Beer

I loooove Ginger Beer, especially the versions with extra ginger. I don't buy it often b/c of the high sugar content, but thought I would try making my own.  I've been curious about fermenting with yeast since I made Sugar Free Ginger Ale a while back. It was basically a ginger syrup that you add to carbonated water.  It was okay, but I wanted a lot more 'zing' to make my taste buds sing. Haha. I made a rhyme. (a dumb one, but still...)  I decided this was the week to give it a try.  I used this recipe from Morsels of Life.

Ingredients - 

  • 2 tablespoons ginger, grated or minced (I used 3 T. peeled, diced ginger root)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon yeast 
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 liter water
Directions - 
  1. Combine all materials except water into a bottle. (I used an old plastic soda bottle.)
  2. Add water, leaving about a two inch headspace, and seal bottle tightly.
  3. Shake until sugar dissolved.
  4. Leave at room temperature for a day or two.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Open the bottle slowly and carefully!
ahhhhh, refreshing :)
Verdict - This is good, but I am going to really increase the ginger next time to give it that extra spiciness that I love.  And I was fascinated by the carbonation that was produced! I'm such a nerd.  My kids were not nearly as entertained by making the ginger beer as I was.  I will be making more ASAP!

4 comments:

  1. Have you ever tried the Blenheim ginger ale? It's super spicy - I think you'd like it.

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  2. Thanks for sharing this idea. I also love really spicy ginger beer, and didn't realize how easy it is to make at home. What kind of yeast did you use here?

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  3. Wow.. I am going to try this!!!

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  4. How am I just finding this post now?! Glad you liked the ginger beer. I like it stronger as well, and the homemade kind just tastes "cleaner. :)

    @Matt - I'm not sure what Kim used, but I just used regular baker's yeast. Hope that helps. :)

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