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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Ginger Beer ABV from Bakers Yeast

I’ve made ginger beer a few times. I usually make it with just fresh ginger and raw honey. Usually the I get well less than 2% ABV. This last week though I used a different honey, sourced from a farm,...
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Cold Brew Coffee with Ginger bug fermentation

I like experimenting with different liquids aside from ginger tea and was wondering if cold brew coffee would be viable for a fermentation. I was not sure if the acidity of the instant coffee would ...
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Exploding ginger beer?

I made some homemade ginger beer using a ginger bug and bottled in a glass flip top bottle. I brought a bottle to a friend we drank half and it has now been in the fridge sealed for a month and a half....
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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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Is there any potential risk in making beer/mead in the same way as it was done in historical recipes?

To preface, I have zero experience with homebrewing. I mainly am interested in these recipes specifically because they seem super simple and don't require any specialty equipment. I enjoy watching ...
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Is it common to refrigerate after 2F with ginger beer?

I've been having luck brewing kombucha this past year and am interested in trying out ginger beer since I have been lead to believe the processes are quite similar (besides the 1 way valve for 1F). ...
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Home brewing for the first time ever

I am home brewing for the first time ever. I had the following queries pls. Hope someone will answer: I mixed 200 grams of white sugar, 100 grams of ginger, 2 complete lemons, mint leaves and 1 ...
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Wild Ginger Bug Smells Like Buttered Popcorn. Keep or Toss?

This is a two week old Ginger bug developed from organic store-bought ginger (not a SCOBY). I've kept it in a warm cabinet, not my fridge while it got established. I'm new to fermentation and brewing, ...
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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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Will bigger feed give faster increase in ginger bug?

I started making my first ginger bug a week ago and it finally produced a bubble on the 7 th day! I’m planning to brew a big batch of ginger beer in a 5 gallon carboy and I’m need 7 cups ginger bug ...
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Stuck ferment - gingerbeer - or just strange yeast?

I've just (as in 2 days ago) laid down a gingerbeer (kit build - first time) - est finished ABV should be 4.0%. Recipe : 2 x Brigalow Gingerbeer Packs 3 kg Dextrose mono 43L Sterile Water 2 packets ...
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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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When do you refrigerate your ginger beer?

The standard instructions are: Make your bug; brew your sweet ginger 'tea'; cool; add bug to your tea, and bottle for second fermentation; let ferment, at room temperature, to your desired level, ...
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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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Why is my ginger beer not sweet yet?

So I didn't follow a recipe as such for my Ginger beer but here is what I did: Champagne Yeast, grated ginger, honey and water fed every day for about 1 week (created GBP) Topped up to 2L with water ...
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Ginger Bug Smell?

I've made a new ginger bug from some pretty old ginger. The ginger has been sitting on my counter long enough for some of it to actually sprout new shoots, but it smells fine and doesn't show any ...
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When should ginger beer's second fermentation start producing pressure?

I am trying my first batch of ginger beer, using what seems to be a pretty standard "fool proof" recipe. For the bug: 2 cups filtered water; 2 tbsp chopped ginger; 2 tbs refined sugar The ...
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Is my ginger beer safe to drink?

While fermenting ginger beer I found out after 24 hrs of fermentation there's this white layer on the top of surface has grown.Is it safe to drink?
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Dehydrating ginger bug

I was wondering whether it would be possible to dehydrate a ginger bug or the yeast part of it. The end goal is to be able to store it in powder form for longer periods of time. I am aware it can be ...
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How to find out if there is vinegar in a beer brew

I am brewing ginger beer for the first time ever. In fact this is the first time I am brewing ever. I used 200 grams of sugar, 100 grams of yeast, a few mint leaves, and a whole lemon (sliced) in 1.5 ...
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Ginger Beer - How long can it be stored, can it be frozen and what do you do with the yeast?

I have made my 3rd, 4th and 5th Ginger Beer brews today! The first one was a success, the second one I ruined it (used honey for fermenting and sweetening but didn't think it out properly) but now I ...
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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 bug does not produce enough carbonation

I am using the following recipe to grow an active ginger bug: 2 cups bottled water 2 tbsp grated organic ginger 2 tbs refined sugar Each day I add 2 tbsp ginger and 2 tbsp sugar to the mix. I wash ...
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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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How do I make my ginger beer SPICY?

I've made tons of ginger beer (often just like this http://ieatfood.net/2009/12/18/real-ginger-ale/ ), I've tried various different recipes, and they all come out quite nicely. But I want a ginger ...
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does my ginger bug have mold?

My ginger bug had been 3 days bubbling and fizzing, but now it's stopped bubbling and smells too much of fermented ginger, can somebody help me? please? I need help urgently.
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How to make an optimal fermentation for ginger beer with ginger bug

I'm trying my first batch of ginger beer and decided to make it with ginger bug. What I want to achieve is a bit sweet ginger beer with max alcohol my ginger bug can handle, I read somwhere it is 4-5%...
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First time brewing Ginger Beer. Is it dead?

I am attempting to brew homemade ginger beer using this recipe However, this is my second attempt at a plant/bug and it doesn't seem to be going well. Like the first time, the sediment in the plant ...
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Remaining ginger bug

This is the first time I will make a ginger bug and the process seems very simple but my question is. How long can I keep feeding my ginger bug and if I will be using that bug to make ginger beer ...
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Question about Ginger Bug

I'm very new to brewing and also fermentation and I'm really confused when I start fermenting my ginger bug. I don't know when to screw my bottle tight and when to put a cheese cloth on top of the ...
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Ginger bug, white powder kind of stuff on top

I just made a Ginger bug, feed Ginger and sugar daily, during first 3 days it was perfect with bubbles forming, but on forth day, no bubbles seen and some white powder/coat kind of substance on top ...
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What is the purpose of the ginger bug?

Ive been reading numerous recipes in preparation for my first brew, and im confused between two types of recipes: The first generally involves boiling ginger, adding sugar, champagne yeast, ...
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Accidently added One Step sanitizer to my brew batch! Am I good or will I die?

I made a batch of ginger beer and brewing it hard at 5 and a half gallons. The fault came when I accidentally added a half-gallon of water with One Step in it to the batch before fermenting. It was ...
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Old ginger bug not bubbling anymore - could it still be alive in spite of no bubbles

I have an old ginger bug (my first) that I have had going for a few months and used a couple of times to make ginger beer with great results. Last couple of months, though, I haven't been able to ...
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Brewing ginger beer and over carbonation

I've been trying to make ginger beer and the first attempt bombed, for some reason. I'm not clear if it's because of residual bleach, or tap water at the wrong point, or what. I was about to give up ...
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Can a Ginger Bug fermentation turn into Vinegar

I have fermented Ginger bug for 15days, feed it daily with additional Ginger and sugar, then stopped feeding further and kept it as it is for 5 days. Now I have refrigerated it. I must say that ...
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What are the characteristics of baker's yeast?

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

I have recently started to get my feet wet by making some ginger beers using a ginger bug to start the fermentation. I would like to know the alcohol content of my final product, but as the ginger ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...