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#31 slkinsey

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Posted 23 July 2008 - 01:06 PM

This is the recipe aonis appears to be using.
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Posted 23 July 2008 - 01:20 PM

If that's the recipe, then the "bug" is the starter. Either use it, or stick it in the fridge.
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#33 aonis

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Posted 23 July 2008 - 01:20 PM

This is the recipe aonis appears to be using.

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slkinsey.....that is my recipe.

CDH -

I want to make ginger beer as a beginning that will eventually lead to beer and other things. Have you done much fermenting yourself?

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Posted 23 July 2008 - 01:23 PM

  I want to make ginger beer as a beginning that will eventually lead to beer and other things.  Have you done much fermenting yourself?

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Yup... click here.
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#35 Tom Gengo

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 10:59 AM

Good grief I hope this becomes a trend! I went all over stupid tinytown and the vicinity last week looking for ginger ale made with suagr- I had a craving and nausea and I would have paid dearly- I couldn't find ANY! I ended up with a coffee soda- definitely not the same animal.

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Hey Rebecca,

Looks like I am not the only insomniac around here. My repiratory system is excommunicating the rest of my body so I can not sleep at night. Regarding the ginger ale, just make your own :) It is not terribly difficult, but do follow the directions or you could create a "ginger ale bomb" and cleaning up would be tedious. Check out this link:

http://biology.clc.u...ger_Ale_Ag0.htm
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Posted 13 April 2009 - 07:50 AM

I made gignerale! Well, honestly, it was more of a gingerbeer- very heady, and slightly alcoholic, I think. It came out too strong in flavor by far for my taste, but it certainly worked on my nausea!
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Posted 01 May 2012 - 08:24 PM

I made my first ginger beer this weekend at a cooking/mixology class. The recipe and process are quite similar to what Jeffrey Morgenthaler posted on his blog here. Some differences: we used lavender to infuse the simple syrup. The ginger juice was rendered using a Vitamix. We also added some spices: coriander, celery, and fennel.

The stained mixture was fermented for two days with Champagne yeast. It is now very midly bubbly. I wished we had done one version without the spices because they are a little strong and it would be good to try the ginger beer in its own.

I tried it in a Dark and Stormy tonight with black strap rum.

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The ginger recipe needs some tweaking but seems very promising. I would also like to try a non-fermented ginger beer for comparison purposes to see if it's worth going through all the trouble (it's quite a bit of work for the fermented version).

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 12:55 PM

I made my first ginger beer this weekend at a cooking/mixology class. The recipe and process are quite similar to what Jeffrey Morgenthaler posted on his blog here. Some differences: we used lavender to infuse the simple syrup. The ginger juice was rendered using a Vitamix. We also added some spices: coriander, celery, and fennel.

The stained mixture was fermented for two days with Champagne yeast. It is now very midly bubbly. I wished we had done one version without the spices because they are a little strong and it would be good to try the ginger beer in its own.

I tried it in a Dark and Stormy tonight with black strap rum.



The ginger recipe needs some tweaking but seems very promising. I would also like to try a non-fermented ginger beer for comparison purposes to see if it's worth going through all the trouble (it's quite a bit of work for the fermented version).


Not revive an old thread, but this is exactly the recipe that I use. One of the advantages of the champagne yeast is that it's pretty cheap (I think that I paid $.99 a packet) and stores in the freezer. When I make up a batch, I make about 4 liters at a time and it stores quite well in the fridge. I generally use the PET bottles that are sold for the Mr. Beer kits (I don't think that I put actual beer in them) and they're flexible enough that I don't have to worry about bottle bombs.

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 04:07 PM

You are talking my language! My best friend growing up was from Port Antonia, Jamaica. His mother would make ginger beer every year to drink throughout the summer holidays. I acquired a taste for it and have never looked back. If you want to give it a kick, a nice shot of Ray & Nephews Overproof White Rum will do you well.



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Posted 17 September 2014 - 08:55 AM

I'm quite happy to find this thread.  The first Ginger Beer I ever tasted was somewhere in the late 60's bottled by a soft drink

maker known as Faygo.  They are still in business even though they dropped "Faygo Brau" ginger beer from their line in the 70's.

There has been a movement, I myself having written several letters to Faygo Botteling Compan, to lobby Faygo to reume production of the wonderful beverage.  But to no avail.

 

About as close to it as I can get is the Vernors Ginger Ale now days.  Occasionally I see 10 ounce 4 packs of Ginger beer for around $6 dollars or so and I break down and buy it and sip it slowly to savor it.  I once saw it bottled by Schweppes also.

 

Where I live there is a large number of colleges and Universities and they have an "international Days" celebration each year

and I try to get my fill of the Ginger Beer those students from the Caribbean produce and sell in small sample size cups.

I always praise their efforts and explain to them that Ginger Beer is something quite rare in this market although most people

have heard of it.  So I hope they pass the word along to keep Ginger Beer a tradition on this one day of the year and I can guzzle away several dollars of it to get my fill. 

 

I should mention for everyone that I've even gone to Youtube to watch the videos where kind people teach how to make it.

 

There are several pages of video here for making it as an alcohol beverage or non alcoholic concoction.

 

https://www.google.c... and Gingerbeer

 

 

Here is a youtube tutorial showing the use of 2 liter plastic bottles with fittings purchased on eBay and a small aluminum Co2 tank.

If you know someone at a Bottling company where they have a Co2 recharging facility for the restaurant fountains that they service  you may be able to strike a deal with a salesman to get a tank with regulators and some hose for cheap.  They generally only fill those tanks a certain number of times before they retire them from service.  This is how a lot of guys who own MIG welding equipment get theirs.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=BLFvw4CVKgY


Edited by ChefPip, 17 September 2014 - 09:01 AM.