Ginger Beer Recipe

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You can easily make some chilled ginger beer at home itself. Read the following article that contains some nice recipes.
Tastessence Staff
Last Updated: Jan 27, 2018
Ginger Beer
Ginger beer is a popular carbonated drink that was originated as an alcoholic drink in England during 17th century. It became a popular beverage throughout North America including Canada, during 19th century. The traditional ginger beer was far more different from its modified version. While the traditional beer was made by fermentation, it contained about 11% of alcohol. The modified version of ginger beer is more of a beverage and drink recipes that sometimes doesn't even require fermentation. All in all, with their easy preparation methods, both ginger beer and ginger ale are a huge hit during summer season and picnics.

Ginger Beer Plant Recipe

Ingredients
  • 10 oz water
  • 1 teaspoon Brewer's yeast
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
Directions
You need to arrange for a glass sweetie jar in order to mix all the above mentioned ingredients. First of all, clean the jar and dry it completely. Afterward, add Brewer's yeast in it. Then add water, sugar and ground ginger in it. Make sure the water is just tepid and not too hot. Now cover the jar with a tight lid and leave it in a dark and cool place for a day or 24 hours. Do not place it in refrigerator. Remember that this is a starter plant for ginger beer. You need to add 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1 teaspoon of ground ginger to it and mix it well for the next 6 days. After that, you need to cover it for one more day. This process is called 'feeding the plant'. Now your ginger beer plant is ready!

Traditional Ginger Beer

Ingredients
  • 6 cups boiling water
  • 3 liters cold water
  • 1 kg of sugar
  • Ginger beer plant
  • 1 teaspoon tartar
  • Juice of 2 fresh lemons
Directions
Add sugar and tartar in the boiling water and stir until sugar gets completely dissolved. Once the sugar dissolves completely, boil it for a few more minutes. Cool it down to room temperature and then pour it in a large glass bowl. Then add fresh lemon juice, cold water and the plant in it. Mix it well and strain into bottles with corks. Store the beer at least for a week and then only start using it. Some people suggest to add a hint of Pilsner's yeast to it, in order to make alcoholic ginger beer. If you want to try the recipe for the alcoholic version, then take some of the bottled ginger beer in a bowl and add Pilsner's yeast. In other words, do not add yeast to the whole batch of beer that you made!

Fresh Ginger Beer

Ingredients
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup of fresh lime juice
  • 4 teaspoons freshly ground ginger
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 3 cups sparkling water
Directions
If you cannot manage to find freshly ground ginger then you can also use bottled ground ginger. Add water, ginger and lime juice in blender and mix them really well. Strain the blended mixture in a pitcher with help of a cheesecloth and then add sugar to it. Once you completely dissolve sugar, then add sparkling water, ice cubes and decorate the glass with a thin slice of fresh lime before serving! As I said earlier, this ginger beer recipe is not a traditional one, but is surely very refreshing for you. The best part about it is, that you can serve this 'beer' to your kids as well!

I hope instructions provided in the above article were found useful in making homemade ginger beer! Cheers!