Is Ginger Fermentable?

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Dunkel_Boy

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Hypothetically, if a friend of mine decided at the last minute to add some ginger (I think he said it was about a thumb-sized piece) to his priming solution to give a bit of a kick to his IPA, should my mate be worried about the ginger fermenting and causing overcarbonation, or is my mate just paranoid?

My friend looks forward to your replies...


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I'd be more worried about the bugs living on and in the ginger. Did "your friend" boil it first?
 

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Dunkel_Boy said:
Hypothetically, if a friend of mine decided at the last minute to add some ginger (I think he said it was about a thumb-sized piece) to his priming solution to give a bit of a kick to his IPA, should my mate be worried about the ginger fermenting and causing overcarbonation, or is my mate just paranoid?
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Your mate is just paranoid.
 

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Dunkel_Boy said:
Hypothetically, if a friend of mine decided at the last minute to add some ginger (I think he said it was about a thumb-sized piece) to his priming solution to give a bit of a kick to his IPA, should my mate be worried about the ginger fermenting and causing overcarbonation, or is my mate just paranoid?

My friend looks forward to your replies...


Adrian
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Adrian,

I always add about 15 g of freshly grated ginger root to my boiling priming sugar solution when I make a wit, gives a bit of a zing. I strain out the lumps before adding to the bottling bucket.

The wit always comes out nice.

Cheers, Andrew.
 

Dunkel_Boy

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Ahh good.
Yes, I boiled the ginger thoroughly - I figured I put my grubby hands all over it, I'd better boil. Had a gorgeous smell, and the little bit of fluid left over (containing the strained chunks) after I added it to the fermenter tasted very good.

Cheers guys.

Adrian

PS - I'm going to do a Hoegaarden clone in the (very) near future - the plan was equal parts ginger/coriander/orange peel late in the boil and possibly in a similar way to what I did tonight. Mmm... beer... my one weakness...
 

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I have added both grated and piece ginger to my bottles after bulk priming .

I peeled the ginger , using a sanitized potatoe peeler and cut into sticks that would fit into the bottle , and I also added 5gm of grated ginger , not both .

I assume after peeling there would be little chance of contamination

I have also added 10ml of Buderim ginger cordial ( get it at the supermarket)

My reasoning for added ginger and the cordial is allong the same lines as added finishing hops

Works for me , never had any problems
 

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