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Why are there raisins floating in my ginger beer?

I'm not sure if this is true in ginger-beer making, but in mead-making, raisins are sometimes added to supply nutrients for the yeast. The all honey and water mixture which is the mead starting point ...
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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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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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What is the best way to stop fermentation?

If primary fermentation is complete, adding priming sugar only allows the wort to consume the newly added sugar; it doesn't continue to ferment afterward. In a 5gal corny keg, 4 oz of corn sugar ...
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Looking for a WARM ginger beer

I can't say for sure, as I've never made ginger beer per se, but I have used it in beer before. According to Wikipedia, the main chemical component of fresh ginger's pungency is gingerol, which, when ...
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Ginger Beer Not Carbonated

It will be absolutely fine. Drink and enjoy. By dropping into the fridge so early you just caused the yeast to stop their work. By removing it and allowing it to warm you have restarted the ...
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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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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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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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Why are there raisins floating in my ginger beer?

I'm South African and my grandmother used to make ginger beer all the time when we were little and it always had raisins in. Unfortunately she is no longer around for me to ask her why but whatever ...
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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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How to make a fermented, low-alcohol ginger beer to sell in a bar?

The commercial brands terminate fermentation through pasteurization before the ABV gets above the FDA required 0.5%. The only way I see to deal with this at home is to limit the amount of sugar so it ...
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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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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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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?

I once made ginger candy. The secret to the spiciness was in heating the ginger, letting it cool and then heating it again. Each heating and cooling cycle added quite a bit more kick to the ginger. ...
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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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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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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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Why are there raisins floating in my ginger beer?

Simply put it tells you when the ginger beer is ready to drink. When you add the raisins they rise and fall but when the yeast has converted enough of the sugars the raisins float. You can also eat ...
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Why are there raisins floating in my ginger beer?

Because somebody there likes raisins?
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Ginger Bug Smell?

When the bug is ready to use, it should NOT smell like fresh ginger. The ginger bug should smell like ginger at first, and then as the days go by and you add more ginger and sugar it starts to ...

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