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Make this Delicious, Simple Ginger Beer at home

It's very simple to make your own ginger beer at home. Don't believe for a minute all the talk on the Internets, the truth is plain: Making the greatest tasty ginger beer is simple, cheap and fun.

And no, you do not need a "ginger bug" or "ginger plant". And no, this is not an alcoholic drink, either!

Here is what you need:

  • Water 6L - from your tap.
  • Sugar 1L- the cheapest sugar you can find, nothing fancy needed.
  • Ginger - an inch or two of ginger root from the produce section of your grocery store. Vary to taste.
  • Lemon - use about half of the lemon juice and rind, keep the rest for something else.
  • Dry Yeast - about 3 teaspoons.
  • Raisins - a small handful or so.
  • The ingredients are approximate. Nothing is cast in stone - feel free to experiment!

How TO make it:

The sugar is essential food for the yeast.
  • Add the water and sugar to the pot. Stir to dissolve.
  • Heat the sugar-water mix on the stove until it begins to boil.
  • Allow to cool down till slightly warm to the touch.
  • Add the ginger, lemon rind, lemon juice, raisins and yeast and stir.
  • Cover with a lid, and wait about 12 hours or so, until the mix is bubbling away merrily, and the raisins are floating on the surface. 
  • Filter through cheesecloth and decant into bottles that can handle the pressure. You could use old pop bottles, or beer-brewer's bottles, as I have here.
  • Place the bottles in the refrigerator, and wait two to three days. Before that it will not taste at its best. You should probably drink within a week or so, although it never lasts long enough around here to test!

Now Drink the Tastiest Ginger Beer  evAH!:

  • Remove the lid slowly, allowing the pressurized gas to escape. There will be a lot of it, and the longer you wait before you open the bottle, the more there will be.
  • The sediment at the bottom of the bottle will rise up, and the liquid will appear milky. This is normal, and expected.
  • Pour into a glass, if you prefer, and enjoy!

Did you make this recipe? How did you like it? Leave a comment!