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Why are there raisins floating in my ginger beer?

Putting a few raisins in a bottle before you cap it, will let you know when its carbonated as the raisins, will float to the top after. They sink at first.
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Why are there raisins floating in my ginger beer?

The skin of sultanas or raisins have natural occurring yeast needed for the fermentation process. Older recipes typically used a 'ginger bug' derived from the yeast on sultana skin in stead of ...
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Can a Ginger Bug fermentation turn into Vinegar

First off all... If you're new to this, relax. There's a few sensible precautions to take that make a difference - sanitise your equipment before hand, keep it upside down when empty, keep your brew ...
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What is the purpose of the ginger bug?

It's about different flavor profiles. One is a cleaner ferment simpler flavor profile, the other offers more complexity. Using the open container to catch wild microbes is definitely hit or miss. ...
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Bottling hard ginger beer

I'm a bit late to the conversation, but I also recently started brewing my own Ginger Beer using a Ginger Bug and bottling in the Grolsch-Style swing top bottles. I've had very good success with this ...
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How to make an optimal fermentation for ginger beer with ginger bug

Right so there's no "optimal" method for this, brewing is a balancing act between sweetness, alcohol, carbonation-pressure and yeast. Even things like the shape of the fermentation vessel effect the ...
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Stuck ferment - gingerbeer - or just strange yeast?

If you have "spritz", which is carbon dioxide gas, then you have fermentation. No need for concern. Ginger beer often will not have the yeast krausen layer on top, the yeast remains ...
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Is my ginger beer safe to drink?

It's safe to drink. It could potentially have some type of wild bacteria (lacto perhaps), although depending on the brew ingredients this could just be some coagulated oils etc. However, it won't hurt ...
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Any way to deal with bitter taste from turbo yeast?

Turbo yeast is very aggressive and consumes almost all sugars. Bitter is most likley from an unbalance in sweet / bitter. Add a non fermentable sugar like lactos to sweeten and counter the bitter ...
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How to prevent sulfur odors when brewing ginger ale / ginger beer?

The sulfur / boiled egg odor is hydrogen sulfide, which is produced by yeast when stressed. It happens minimally in all fermentation but is usually gassed out during vigorous fermentation which you ...
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Choosing a yeast for ginger beer

Youngs Super Wine yeast is superb (I don't work for them by the way). The taste is amazing, but you have to be careful to "proof" bottles after bottling. Check after 12-24 hours. They will explode if ...
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What yeast should I use to make a semi-sweet Ginger Beer with about 5% ABV

It does not work like that, No yeast will stop exactly at 5% (unless you kill it), this way of doing things is not safe ! First solution is to make your wort so that you end up with the correct among ...
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To ferment or not to ferment for no alcohol

Will the ginger beer taste different if you don't ferment? Yes. but mostly because you will have a sweeter product because the yeast didn't consume the sugar you put into it. You may want to adjust ...
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Ginger Beer ABV from Bakers Yeast

The sugars in honey are primarily fructose (38%) and glucose (32%). These are simple sugars, so bakers yeast will happily ferment it. As @Dave mentioned in a comment, for a lot of intents and ...
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Remaining ginger bug

When you use some of the ginger bug you simply add back the amount of liquid afterwards. You can keep it going for as long as you want, just keep feeding it ginger and sugar at regular intervals and ...
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Brewing ginger beer and over carbonation

I like my ginger beer somewhat sweet and carbonated. This means that, at some point after bottling, the fermentation/carbonation process must be stopped. To determine this point, I bottle as normal (...
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How do I make my ginger beer SPICY?

The longer you heat it, the stronger it is. Don't use the liquid into it's cooled with the ginger in it. Acid and chili pepper or Cayanne help as well, I use cayenne and lime.good luck
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Pausing a ginger beer plant

I've found that my ginger bug is heartier than I gave it credit for. I was making a batch of Ginger Beer just about every 7-10 days after I first cultured the bug, and was feeding it after every batch....
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Choosing a yeast for ginger beer

As kids, we used to grow a ginger beer "plant" up from Ginger & Sugar and a few Sultanas. Every couple of days we would add a bit more sugar-water to it. There were no real measurements, but I ...
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What is the ginger bug, actually?

Ginger Bugs can provide very sharp amounts of ginger flavor depending on the quality and quantity of ginger used in the ginger bug. It is a fun, easy, inexpensive and surprisingly versatile ferment ...
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Ginger Bug Expansion

Oxygen! The growth medium must be oxygenated from time to time. If one uses tap water then minerals and trace elements are rarely a problem but available nitrogen may be. The ginger beer SCOBY is ...
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Naturally fermented ginger beer

If you rely on wild yeasts, did you expose the "beer" to air long enough? You could wait until you see bubbles on the surface as a sign of yeast activity, or you could take daily gravity readings. ...
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Gingerbug issues

My guess would be you have insufficient residual sugar when you are bottling. They pressurize up because you have a healthy active fermentation but you do not have sufficient residual sugar to fully ...
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Any way to deal with bitter taste from turbo yeast?

IMHO using turbo yeast for fermenting beer or other fizzy/alcoholic drinks is "less than optimal". It is not a yeast meant for directly fermenting drinks - it is a yeast mix meant for producing high ...
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Measuring alcohol when using ginger bug

If you have a beginning gravity and an end gravity, it's pretty easy to figure an approximate ABV for your beverage. The only way to definitively tell how much alcohol is in a solution is to run it ...
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First time brewing Ginger Beer. Is it dead?

I would suspect that the suntanas (raisins) used in your starter have been treated with sulphur or sulphites. This is stopping (or killing) the wild yeasts on the surface of the fruit. So you could ...
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Ginger bug does not produce enough carbonation

Your recipe seems fine. I usually use only a tablespoon full of ginger bug. I think you're opening the bottle way too soon. Carbonation needs at least 5 days. 7 will be better. I suggest you use soda ...
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Question about Ginger Bug

You're pretty much spot on. A couple of notes- Capturing wild yeast is OK but uncertain. I've always preferred to keep wild yeast out of my bug because it's much more likely (at least over time if ...
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Brewing ginger beer and over carbonation

It sounds to me your ginger beer is still fermenting inside the bottle. When this happens, it creates more co2 and creates more pressure inside your bottle. Perhaps when you add your ginger bug into ...
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What is the purpose of the ginger bug?

I believe the difference has historical implications. Additionally ginger bug is said to have beneficial healthful properties that are absent in the shortcut recipe. It’s supposed to be much more ...
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