Ginger beer recipes date back as far as the 18th century and it remains a popular beverage to this day. Ginger beer is essentially a carbonated drink flavoured with fresh ginger root. Although it is not really beer, the brewing process is similar to that of beer which explains how the name originated.
It’s a good idea to start with one of the basic ginger beer recipes until you are comfortable with the home brewing process. The beauty of ginger beer recipes is that you can experiment with flavours and ultimately make the recipe your own. To make ginger beer at home, try this recipe which involves just a few simple steps. You will need a 2 litre bottle of water, 15-20 mL of freshly grated ginger, 225 grams of sugar, 1 lemon, 1 gram of dried yeast and a plastic funnel.
Pour the water into a different container (you will be adding it back into the bottle later). Then pour the sugar into the bottle using the funnel. Next, add the yeast into the bottle with the sugar. Squeeze the juice of the lemon into a cup and mix in the grated ginger, then add into the bottle using the funnel. Finally, add the water into the bottle making sure you fill it only ¾ of the way full. Replace the lid on the bottle and shake until the sugar is dissolved. Then add the rest of the water, leaving approximately 2.5 centimetres of space from the top. This is necessary to allow for expansion and prevent the bottle from exploding. Make sure the lid is on tightly and put the bottle in a warm place to allow the yeast to ferment. Allow to sit for 1 to 2 days and once the bottle is very hard, the ginger beer is ready.
Home brew: ginger beer recipes vary
There are variations to ginger beer recipes such as increasing the amount of ginger used if you prefer a spicier brew. You can also add other ingredients such as the following recipe: 1 whole ginger root, 2.46 mL of yeast, 177.44 mL of sugar, 15 cloves and 1.23 mL of anise. Peel the ginger root and cut into small pieces. Dissolve the sugar in 120 mL of warm water and sprinkle the yeast on top. Allow to sit while you boil 2 litres of water. Then add the ginger root, cloves and anise to the boiling water. Continue boiling for 30 minutes, then remove the ginger and cloves. Next, dissolve 150 – 200 grams of sugar into the brew and allow to cool until lukewarm. Then add the yeast mixture to the brew and pour into a sterilised plastic 2 litre bottle. Top up with water, making sure to leave 5-8 centimetres of space from the top. Store in a warm place for 24 hours and then refrigerate for at least two days or up to 2 weeks. Note that chilling the ginger beer stops any further fermentation so be sure you are satisfied with the level of carbonation before refrigerating.
Home brewing has never been easier! With so many ginger beer recipes to choose from, making your own ginger beer is a fun and easy way to create a delicious beverage in the comfort of your own home