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Making Ginger Beer

Keeping the yeast happy is the only tricky part of making your own ginger beer. This is a guide about making ginger beer.


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June 5, 2009 Flag

Refreshing drink that just goes on and on! Great recipe for sharing:-)



Put the following ingredients in a jar. Feed daily with 1 level teaspoon sugar + 1 level teaspoon ginger for 7 days. Then strain liquid through a fine muslin. Dissolve 3/4 lb sugar in 1 pint boiling water. Add 3.5 pints cold water and add strained liquid. Add juice of 2 lemons.

Bottle in screw top bottles to within 2 cm of top. Leave 2 - 3 weeks before using.

Scrape residue of plant into jar. Add 3/4 pint of cold water and mix well. Divide into 2; add sugar and ginger as before.

Note: Plant (fermentation) MUST be divided (halved) each week or it will die!

Source: Got a 'plant' from someone years ago.

By Skinnyjinny from Scotland

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June 6, 20090 found this helpful

I didn't put in the NB Plant at the top (Thriftyfun must have re-arranged my recipe?)! The NB I had in later was just "nota bene" as in 'note well'

The plant is what you make from the list of ingredients and is the base for the drink.

At the top of the recipe it should read Plant followed by ingredients. Hope this clears it up!

<b> Editor's Note: </b> Thanks for the clarification. The N.B. has been removed.

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February 21, 2012 Flag

I want to make ginger beer to drink, it's a well known remedy. You make it by putting a teaspoon of yeast, sugar, and ginger in a jar with some water and then for 1 week you have to feed the plant in the jar with 1 teaspoon ginger and sugar. After the that you have to make it up with water and more sugar to yield a gallon. Finally you bottle it.

My question is, I want to know how much to put in over all. I was given a recipe by a friend and they have success every time, but mine was a disaster. We used to make this drink years ago and it was always good.


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