Ginger Beer (Beer)
A couple summers ago my wife brought me home a 6 pack of Crabbies ginger beer. I fell love with it. It was the perfect, light, sweet drink to quench my thirst on a hot summer day. Since I'm into home brewing I set out to make my own summer time ginger drink. I pulled from a number of recipes and references around the net got started. My first couple attempts involved growing a beer plant and fermenting the stew that created, which produced more of a ginger ale drink. Here I've done an actual brew.
NOTE: This recipe may produce alcoholic beverages. Drink responsibly, at your own risk, and only if you are 21 or older.
- Richard Miller has a great video on Youtube, Ginger Beer - The Ultimate Alcoholic Recipe Part 1
- Simon Early also has a nice video on Youtube, How to make home brew ginger beer - about 17% ABV and 30p a pint!
- 4.5 lbs of ginger
- 4 lemons
- 2 limes
- 0.5 lbs sultanas (I used raisins)
- 2 packs of champagne yeast
- 1 Tbsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp cloves
- 2 packs of light malt extract (1 lb each)
- 1 lb lactose
- 1 lb brown sugar
- 0.5 lb honey
I started by chopping the ginger, lemons, and limes in a food processor. I cut everything up small enough to fit in the chute, cut off anything that looked unappetizing, and threw it in peels and all.
- Boil 2 gallons of water
- Add lemons, limes, and ginger
- Bring back to a slow boil for 30 minutes
- Add malt extract, brown sugar, honey, and lactose
- Bring back to a slow boil for another 30 minutes
- Let the mixture cool to approximately 20 degrees Celsius and transfer to a fermenting vessel
- Add the nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, sultanas(or raisins), and cold water to make 5 gallons
- Stir the mixture vigorously to aerate and then add the yeast
After fermenting for 2 to 3 weeks it's time to siphon to a clean bottling bucket and prepare for bottling. My first batch I fermented with all of the ingredients in the fermentation bucket. I had to remove the black cap off the racking cane and filter the output through a reusable muslin bag. Even then the line was prone to clogging, so I had to watch it and give a few taps every now and then. Once in the bottling bucket stir in 5 ounces of priming sugar and bottle. Let them carbonate for a week, then refrigerate and enjoy.
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