Ginger Beer - no alcohol

 

Ingredients

To make the Ginger Beer plant

  • 25g dry yeast or 50g fresh
  • 2tbs ground ginger
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 1/2 pint water
  • plus repeated water, ginger and sugar see plant below
To make more Ginger Beer
  • 1/2 pint water
  • 2tsp caster sugar 10ml
  • 2tsp ground ginger 10ml

Method to make the Ginger Beer Plant

  1. If you are using dry yeast, stir the yeast in with ¼ pint (150ml) of lukewarm water and a bit of sugar. Leave this mixture for 10-15 mins. If you are using fresh yeast, which you can procure from certain bakers, you can skip this process.
  2. Mix the wettened yeast with the sugar until they cream to form a liquid. Then add the ground ginger and water. If you used dry yeast then use only ¼pt (150ml) of water. Stir this mixture well and pour it into a jar with a loose-fitting lid, so as to let the mixture breathe. Now leave this mixture in a cool place.
  3. The next day, and each day thereafter, add 1 level tsp (5ml) of ground ginger and the same amount of caster sugar to your jar and stir the mixture thoroughly.
  4. After 10 days. dissolve 18oz (500g) of caster sugar and 1½pt (900ml) of water, bring this mix to the boil and let it cool slightly. Add the strained juice of two lemons to the water.
  5. Strain your ginger plant through fine muslin and add the strained liquid to the sugar and lemon juice mixture, along with 6pt (3.4l)water.
  6. Stir the mixture well and bottle it straight away in strong screw-topped bottles, like those in which you would store cider or beer. Make sure you store the bottles in a cool place for about two weeks before you drink it. This is essential!

To make more Ginger Beer

  1. Divide the sediment left on the muslin and divide it into two separate jars.
  2. Add 1/2 pint water, 2 tbs ginger and 2 tsp caster sugar to each jar.
  3. Stir it well.
  4. The next day, and each day thereafter, add 1 level tsp (5ml) of ground ginger and the same amount of caster sugar to your jar and stir the mixture thoroughly.
  5. After 10 days. dissolve 18oz (500g) of caster sugar and 1½pt (900ml) of water, bring this mix to the boil and let it cool slightly. Add the strained juice of two lemons to the water.
  6. Strain your ginger plant through fine muslin and add the strained liquid to the sugar and lemon juice mixture, along with 6pt (3.4l)water.
  7. Stir the mixture well and bottle it straight away in strong screw-topped bottles, like those in which you would store cider or beer. Make sure you store the bottles in a cool place for about two weeks before you drink it. This is essential!
  8. In no time your house will be full of ginger beer and ginger beer plants.
  9.  It is important to give away some of these plants to friends and before you know it the whole town will be hooked on ginger beer