Ginger beer has sort of a misleading name, since it’s not really a beer any more so than root beer is. Still, it’s simple and refreshing, and has a variety of uses. Ginger beer is a great mixer in numerous cocktails, and is also great by itself. It’s also fairly easy to make on your own.
If you’re someone who regularly enjoys cocktails such as Moscow Mules, or simply someone who enjoys ginger ale and ginger beer, and would like a way to make your own, this guide is for you.
The truth is, it doesn’t take much to make your very own 2 liter bottle of ginger beer. You can even create a natural carbonation and fermentation in a matter of days as well. Curious? Read on to find out how.
Ginger beer is generally made by combining two components: the ginger syrup, and the ginger beer itself.
For the ginger syrup, you’ll need:
For the ginger beer, you’ll need:
The syrup is the first thing to be made. Start by heating up the water in a saucepan, over medium heat. Peel a chunk of ginger, and then grate the two tablespoons and place it into the saucepan, along with the sugar. Heat and stir until sugar is dissolved, and set aside for an hour to steep.
After an hour, remove the ginger with a strainer. The syrup should now be thick, and very much sticky. Set the pan aside, it’s time to move on to the ginger beer.
To make the ginger beer, place your funnel at the top of your empty 2 liter bottle, and add the yeast. Follow this with the water, lemon juice, and ginger syrup. Put the lid on the bottle, and shake until the yeast has been totally dissolved.
Store the bottle out of sunlight, and in a dark spot, such as a pantry. Wait 2-3 days, and the ginger beer should be ready to drink.
Three things to note: First off, don’t forget about your bottle, because if left on it’s own, and unopened, it could eventually explode. You don’t want that. Secondly, be sure to keep the bottle in the refrigerator after opening to prevent further fermentation.
The third thing worth mentioning is that the fermentation process creates a small alcohol content in the ginger beer. If you are sensitive to alcohol, avoid this method and use the one below.
There is a simple shortcut you can take to avoid the entire fermentation process. Begin by making the ginger syrup as described above, and replace the fermentation part with seltzer water. You’ll get instant carbonation, without the wait and alcohol.
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