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gregc

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I just did a ginger beer soft drink from the recipe on liquocraft website named 'Traditional Ginger Beer'

Traditional Ginger Beer
If you are interested in trying your hand at a traditional home made ginger beer, here's terrific a recipe
This is not really an alcoholic beer although it does have a very small percentage of alcohol from the fermentation process. The recipe is very simple and once you get the hang of making it you should experiment with other flavor combinations. This recipe has a strong bite.

Ingredients:
1 handful sized knob of fresh ginger root
2 cups of sugar - i did 1/2 cup brown and 2 cups white
4.5 litres of water - i did 6
1 sachet SAFale yeast * i did 1/4 sachet (only 6 litres)
1/4 tsp yeast nutrient *
* available from Liquorcraft

Optional:
substitute brown sugar for of the white sugar with brown sugar for added flavour
substitute maple syrup for some of the sugar (i added 2 tsp ms)
substitute malt extract for some of the sugar
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (added bite)
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar (acid balance & smooth mouth feel)
fresh lemon and/or lime sliced thinly or juice & zest only. You could try oranges too. (yes i added juice of 1 lemon and zet of 1 ripe lemon)
Method Stage 1
If you have a juicer, juice the ginger root to make 1/4 to 1/3 cup of juice. If you don't have a juicer then grate or mash the ginger. A chinese ginger grater is excellent for this.

Any citrus fruits can be sliced finely or you can use the juice & the zest of the fruit.

Put the water into a large pot & bring it to the boil. Add the ginger & sugar plus any optional spices or fruits. Stir well until dissolved.

At the same time add the yeast & yeast nutrient to half a cup of warm (not hot) water & stir well.

Meanwhile let the mixture in the pot boil for a few minutes. If you are using fresh lemons or diced ginger you might want to boil longer to extract more flavors. When you have finished boiling turn off the heat & cool the mixture.You can use cold water & ice in a sink to speed the cooling.

Use sterilizing compound to sterilize a fermenter according to the directions on the packet.

When it has cooled enough to handle, strain the liquid through a sieve lined with cheesecloth or panty-hose into a suitable sized container (fermenter). When the temperature is 30C or less add the yeast, stir well, and then seal the fermenter with a brewing airlock or stretchy food wrap with a pin hole to allow gas to escape.
Stage 2
The mixture should start fermenting some time during the first 24 hours. It is time to bottle when it is producing a steady stream of bubbles.

You will need 6 x 750ml plastic lemonade bottles (or 8 x 600ml, 9 x 500ml, 12 x 375ml)

Clean & sterilise the bottles & a pouring jug. Use sterilizing compound according to the directions on the packet.

Decant the ginger beer into the jug (or pour directly from the fermenter if you can) without disturbing to much sediment in the bottom of the fermenter. It does not matter if a little sediment goes into the bottles. Fill each bottle to about 50mm from the top and screw on the plastic lid firmly.

Squeeze all the air out of one bottle & re-seal it. Store all the bottles in a warm place.

Keep an eye on the squeezed bottle. When it has re-inflated, the other bottles will probably be ready to drink. Put them all in the fridge straight away. This will cool the ginger beer so it stops fermenting & the pressure will stop building up. The squeezed bottle will need more time before it goes in the fridge..i needed to keep them longer than this. Inflated but only mildly carbonated. Left it that afternoon and overnight that night and then some and it was highly carbonated- - awesome. Trick is to make plenty and do test bottles.
Once you have reached this stage, the bottles must be stored in the fridge all the time. If they are allowed to warm up again, the fermentation will re-start & the pressure will build up. It may even cause the bottles to explode


i was stocked -- can be scoffed straight away after this.
 

WillM

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Glad to hear it works. My kids want some for Christmas, so I'm hoping the alcohol is really low.
 

gregc

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i forgot to do a final reading on the hydrometer so i dont know

i took it out when it started to bubble - it bubbled only for about couple hours max so it should be very small id say <1% easy

gregc
 

Rod

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Take a sample , enough to fill the hydometer tube , let it go flat .

then calculate the % alcohol
 

DrewCarey82

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Guys with the kits that you buy eg, coopers, morgans ect.

Can you make them alcoholic automatically or do you need to buy extra stuff, and whats the alcohol percentage?

Cheers.
 

gregc

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i dont use kits for ginger beer as mentioned below

so i cant comment -

all i know is that there is heaps of sugar in the mix and yeast so if you dont fridge it it will produce alcohol

go to the liqurcraft site and see the recipes for both - - the alcoholic ones they let sit like brewing beer till it stops ... .
 

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