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Is juiced Ginger root fermentable?

Ginger juice alone does not have enough sugar to be fermentable. However, ginger beer is a popular, slightly alcoholic beverage made from ginger root, sugar, water and citric acid. Take a look at this ...
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Adding ginger to cider/cyser/mead

Ginger has its own microbes that will change fermentation. You will want to kill if you just want ginger flavor and aroma. I would suggest making a ginger slurry then pastureize it by bringing it to ...
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What might kill a ginger bug - fact and fiction?

You're probably not getting fermentation in the bottle. "make the ginger tea/syrup in a stainless steel pot" What are you doing in this step? If you are boiling to make a syrup you are killing ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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Did I kill my Ginger Bug?

I have put my ginger beer plant through hell and it always comes back. I left it in the fridge for 2 months once and it was fine. I spilled it all over the floor and rescued a few particles and ...
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Did I kill my Ginger Bug?

The yeast/bacteria are unlikely to be dead, but may have gone dormant for a number of reasons. If you added sugar too quickly, you may have decreased the water activity too much. This is one reason ...
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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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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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Save my Ginger Bug!

If it was "fizzy" but not now that is on par with other starters, and sounds normal. If by taste you don't have the residual sweetness from the sugars then the "bug" has grown and consumed the sugar. ...
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does my ginger bug have mold?

Yeast is a mould (fungus), so you want your ginger bug to have mould. If it has brightly coloured mould - black, red, yellow, discard it. Generally yeast will stay in suspension for a while, before ...
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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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Will bigger feed give faster increase in ginger bug?

What it sounds like you need is a called a stepped starter approach. Apparently, this is less stressful for the yeast. Though a ginger bug is technically a SCOBY. Make a new (bigger) batch of the ...
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Ginger bug stopped bubbling so I added some yeast

Yes, still a ginger bug. Sometimes they need a little help, 4 days is not enough for all the critters in your bug to die, most likely it got cold or there was a sudden drop in temp one day and the bug ...
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What went wrong with my root beer?

That recipe has a potential ABV of about 5.5% if allowed to completely ferment. It's carelessly labeled non-alcoholic. Depending on what yeast you actually have in your ginger bug this could ferment ...
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Is juiced Ginger root fermentable?

I have made ginger beer from regular old yeast before so there is nothing inherent about ginger that makes it unsuitable for yeast fermentation. Yeast technically speaking is a fungus not bacteria so ...
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Ginger Bug Smell?

I have been feeding my ginger bug for a few years now, had to start over a few times. Your ginger bug will initially just smell like the ginger you've used, however fresh it may be. As you continue to ...
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Ginger Bug Smell?

Mine always smells fresh, tho I start a new one every week or two, Ive noticed that letting it go to long can somtimes cause a "sulfury" smell in the final beverage. Ps. A ginger beer "scoby" is ...
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What might kill a ginger bug - fact and fiction?

I know this sounds too easy, but I had half of a batch do this. I was using two different types of bottles (8oz. and 16 oz.). It ends up that the smaller bottles had thin, cheap, rubber gaskets, and ...
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What is the best way to stop fermentation?

Rough filtration followed by sterile filtration, add back sugar, then force carb. This wouldn't be cheap or easy (or even practical at your volume). I would suggest you just purchase a ginger beer for ...
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Creating the perfect ginger bug?

is it better to use organic ginger That depends on a lot of factors but organic produce seems to have better taste than conventional produce. As to what kind of sugar it entirely depends on what ...
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How do I make grape wine at 60%ABV, that tastes good?

Getting ABV at that level is possible through distillation process. Although it won't be classified as wine anymore if the ABV is 60%. Here you go to get started making wine. You can know how much ...
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How do I make my ginger beer SPICY?

My ginger beer gets hotter if I strain the ginger mixture multiple times. So after straining after a simmer of 30 minutes, move the strained ginger mixture into a pan add hot water and boil (5 min). ...
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How do I make my ginger beer SPICY?

One thing that hasn't been touched on in previous answers. Look into a water profile that best suits your base beer. I've not looked into it but I'm sure there is an ion you can manipulate to get the ...
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