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Questions tagged [ginger-beer]

The old-fashioned fizzy ginger-flavoured drink, carbonated with yeast; this comes in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions.

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Measuring yeast for pitching into very small batches

Disclaimer; I am brewing predominantly ginger beer, and experimenting with some commercial yeasts in pitching. My batches of ginger beer are 1~2 gallons max, as it's consumed pretty quickly and I ...
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To ferment or not to ferment for no alcohol

I am making ginger beer. I’m using basically raw ginger and honey and fermenting with bakers yeast. I’m getting somewhere between 2% & 2.3% ABV in testing. I don’t want any alcohol in the ginger ...
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What yeast should I use to make a semi-sweet Ginger Beer with about 5% ABV

I want to make a semi-sweet (a little less sweet than Crabbies) ginger beer that is about 4.5 to 5.0% alcohol, and my plan was that in the end, I want it to be between 1.020 and 1.025 s.g.. Therefore ...
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Any way to deal with bitter taste from turbo yeast?

I had some turbo yeast left over, and figured I'd try make a couple litres of ginger beer (sugar, grated ginger, a little lime juice) and elderflower wine (sugar, elderflowers, lemon juice and zest) ...
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Ginger bug stopped bubbling so I added some yeast

I had a healthy ginger bug for the first 4 days which was bubbling away nicely until it all stopped for no apparent reason. I kept feeding it as per normal and it didn't do anything for another 4 days....
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Gingerbug issues

I've made a gingerbug many times in the past and been successful, the longest of which I kept alive for over a year until another project took over. My issue this time is that after bottling my ...
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Why is ginger fed to ginger beer plant regularly, what is a good ratio of ginger to liquid?

I'm brewing ginger beer for the first time using a ginger beer plant with this recipe. In this recipe once fermentation begins you feed the plant sugar and ground ginger for 7 days. I understand why ...
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Ginger Bug Expansion

I've made ginger bug before and it makes really good sodas, etc, but how do you expand the bug? I've look all over online and they show how to start and maintain a bug but not how to expand it. I'm ...
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Naturally fermented ginger beer

I'm doing ginger beer sodas by using juices: ginger and lemon juices, cane sugar and natural flavours. I pasteurise the blend by cooking it to 150°F (66°C) for a good minute, then cooling it off and ...
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How to prevent sulfur odors when brewing ginger ale / ginger beer?

I made my first batch of ginger beer and it was delicious—but with prominent sewer gas undertones. This was a simple recipe and a quick ferment: ginger, water, sugar, lemon juice, and yeast fermented ...
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Yeast for making (non alchoholic) ginger beer

I'm planning to make some ginger beer. I want it to be non-alcoholic, and I am ordering some wine yeast to ferment it. I have two questions about yeast, though, since I am new to fermenting anything. ...
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Bottling hard ginger beer

A few months back, BYO had an article about hard sodas including hard ginger beer. It talked about the necessity of using strengthened bottles with caged tops (ie. like champagne bottles) due to level ...
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Accidentally mixed ginger in with ginger beer plant grains--how can I fix this?

Fortunately the ginger is pretty finely ground. Should I just leave it in there indefinitely as I cycle through new batches and hope it disintegrates? It doesn't seem like filtering will work very ...
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How to make a fermented, low-alcohol ginger beer to sell in a bar?

I'm about to make my first ever fermented ginger beer. I want to use it in the cocktail recipes of my bar, but it need to be at below 0.5% abv to be legal for me to produce and sell. My problem is ...
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How do I increase the quantity of Ginger Beer Plant using ingredients I would use anyway?

Very similar to this question I would like to know how to best make my Ginger Beer Plant grow. Another but related question would be what the most important factors for growth are. Water? Temperature? ...
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Crabbies ginger beer clone recipe

A few years back I tried brewing my first Ginger beer hoping to get a result that would come close to the one that Crabbies makes (which I love). The result ended up very bitter and it just wasn't a ...
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Ginger Beer Plant and lemon in one container or not?

When making Ginger Beer using Ginger Beer Plant, should I use lemon or not? Some guides just have a step where they add lemon (into the same container as the GBP). Then again there are statements like ...
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I am brewing alcoholic ginger beer. How much sugar to prime it?

I am looking for this ginger beer to be sweet, spicy and very fizzy. Something which should violate your tongue's human rights. I have never produced a fizzy brew before so know nothing about ...
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My ginger beer is a thick sludge. Where might I have gone wrong?

I'm a novice fermenter who loves ginger beer, so I thought I'd try to make my own. I ordered some ginger beer plant from these guys and followed their guide: http://www.yemoos.com/gingerbeerguide.html ...
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Ginger Beer Not Carbonated

I have made ginger beer from my own "ginger bug" but did not get much carbonation. I think I put it in the refrigerator too soon, so I took one bottle out, let it sit for 2 days and VIOLA, carbonation ...
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Ginger Beer recipe, how do you finish up?

I made a two gallon batch of ginger beer, based on a recipe I found on Stack Exchange. It fermented dry, is quite tasty, but obviously still full of yeast. I plan to make a dry, fizzy, alcoholic ...
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Looking for a WARM ginger beer

recent homebrewer and even more recent SE member. Hoping for a little advice... I've been searching and searching for a ginger beer with a strong, warm burn. I had some in Canada and have been ...
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How can I filter out a large amount of loose sediment from my primary?

My current brew is a hard ginger beer, calling for a pound of grated ginger in my 3 gallon primary. Fermentation is slowing and unfortunately a lot of that ginger remains unsettled--the bottom 3" of ...
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Why are there raisins floating in my ginger beer?

When I buy homemade ginger beer (in South Africa), there are often small black raisins floating in it, about 1cm in diameter. Why did the makers decide to put them in?
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What is the best way to stop fermentation?

I am thinking about brewing ginger beer for a bar I work at. This means it would be in a keg on a tap. I would like to ferment the ginger beer instead of pumping in CO2 but am unsure how to go about ...
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What effects do different types of sugar have on the flavour of ginger beer?

I've been brewing ginger beer with raw cane sugar and have always found the short window between when the mixture becomes recognizable as ginger beer and when it turns into face-melting acid is quite ...
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How to increase quantity of Ginger Beer Plant

I'm looking to increase my quantity of GBP to share with a friend. I've brewed a few batches of ginger beer, but I always end up with the same amount or slightly less GBP than I started with. What ...
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Creating the perfect ginger bug?

Can anyone suggest the best recipe for making a ginger bug? I understand that it is just ginger root and unrefined sugar, but is it better to use organic ginger (if so why?), what is the best sugar ...
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tips to improve my Ginger Beer

Good day mates, Just had my very first batch of GB. I have basically followed the stove-top recipe at (http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Ginger-Ale). I forgot botton-upping it to mix it all before drinking ...
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What are the characteristics of baker yeast?

I am looking to brew some ginger beer and other simple stuff. I wonder what are the characteristics of baker yeast? Will they do for a cyder beer ? What are the disadvantages? In Europe we have ("...
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ReaLemon's preservatives

I'm trying a simple recipe for ginger beer (Method 1 here). Would using ReaLemon be ok instead of an actual lemon? I understand that preservatives in an apple juice can harm the yeast when making ...
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Sugar source and alcohol content in Ginger Beer

Made my second batch of ginger beer the other day, and not sure if different sugars perhaps produced a little more alcohol.. For my first batch, I used 2 cups of pure cane sugar and 1 packet of dry ...
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Ginger beer that lasts

I want to make a batch of alcoholic ginger beer. However, I know from past experience that one problem with ginger beer is that the bulk of the fermentation happens in the bottles, and I can't drink ...
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How long does bottle priming take? (Ginger Beer)

I've test bottled one 500ml bottle of Ginger Beer with one Coopers priming drop. How long does priming take? If I opened it in a day would it have some pressure/fizz/gas or does it need a week or so? ...
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How long can I leave my Ginger Beer (kit) in the primary?

Another fact finding question: How long can I - theoretically - leave my Ginger Beer brew in the primary (a 5 gallon glass carboy) before bottling? The instructions suggest 8 days, hovever it's ...
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Side-effects of 'lower than recommended' fermentation temperatures?

I have a Ginger Beer kit on the go. It's sitting in the kitchen and ambient temps are ranging from 15 to 20ºC (59-68ºF). The beer was started 3.5 days ago and I was away for the weekend, I can see ...
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Considering adding Fresh Ginger to a 'Simply Ginger Beer' kit

I'm about to start a brew using a 'Simply Ginger Beer' kit. I've heard that it's sweet, and light which is what I want, but it's not very gingery. Would it be ok to add some grated and boiled fresh ...
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Relation of CO2/alcohol/yeasts in Ginger Beer

The article making_ginger_beer mentions using bread yeast so you get more carbonation and less alcohol. Isn't carbonation a by-product of the process that makes alcohol? Wouldn't that mean more ...
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What is the ginger bug, actually?

Recipes for spontaneous (wild) ginger ale sometimes refer to the starter as the "ginger bug". What is the ginger bug? Is it just an ordinary lactobacillus; is it a type of yeast? Is it something that ...
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Pausing a ginger beer plant

I am making ginger beer, the old fashioned way with a plant. The plant is a jamjar which I feed with one teaspoon of sugar and powdered ginger daily. I'm going on holiday soon, for several weeks. I'...
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Choosing a yeast for ginger beer

I'm doing some experiments with ginger beer (this is a alcoholic beer, not a soda). I'm use brown sugar as the sugar source for now, but may experiment with other sugars including malt as I go along. ...
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Does yeast choice matter as much in ginger beer?

I'm about to brew a ginger beer and was wondering if the choice of yeast is as important in a ginger beer, where the ginger dominates the flavour. I've got the yeast-under-the-cap packet and a US-05 ...
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Ginger Beer recipe

Reeds Ginger Beer is one of my favorite non-alcoholic fizzy-drinks... just curious if anyone has a recipe for brewing something similar. Also, what's the brewing process like? Similar to beer, or ...
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How can I make homemade ginger ale?

Looking to make something really tasty, and also non-alcoholic. Is this possible to achieve at home?