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CHOW Ginger Beer

There's no link to my method. It's just through trial and error. Here's the recipe:

What you'll need:

2L plastic soda bottle or several smaller plastic soda bottles.
Plastic cooler big enough to put your bottle in.

4-6 oz ginger. Depends on how much you like it ;)
3/4 cup pineapple juice
1 cup sugar
Juice of 1/2 lemon and 1/2 lime
1 tsp baker's yeast.
Optional: 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg and a small stick of cinnamon.

1. Puree ginger in blender with a bit of water.
2. Add to your bottle through the funnel with all the other ingredients.
3. Shake to combine.
4. Firmly close the cap and place in a covered plastic cooler. This step is just insurance in case you forget about it and it explodes. This has never happened to me. Plastic bottles are extremely resilient.
5. Store at room temperature for 24 hours.
6. Gently open the cap to let gas escape. It may take 3-5 minutes of careful observation so that you don't get overflow. It may seem interminable as you wait for your delicious drink.
7. Pour through a strainer into a glass to sample. I often have an empty 2L bottle ready with a funnel and strainer so that I can transfer the contents.
8. Place bottle in the fridge to stop fermentation. It'll be easy to open the bottle after this.

You'll end up with a wonderfully fizzy and delicious ginger beer.

Mar 07, 2010
mulligatawnybreath in Recipes

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CHOW Ginger Beer

I've now experimented with adding about 10% pineapple juice to the initial mixture and found it to be tasty. This is closer to Reed's Ginger Brew which is 25% juice. I also realized that using a blender to puree the ginger is much easier than grating. My method is down to 15 minutes or less for prep with baker's yeast, water, ginger and sugar, bottling (in plastic soda bottles) and clean up. I would not recommend the Chow method above for a first timer. Way too drawn out and complicated!

Aug 21, 2009
mulligatawnybreath in Recipes

CHOW Ginger Beer

Plastic soda bottles are designed to handle higher pressures. For the initial fermentation, I also keep mine stored in a standard insulated picnic cooler. If I forget about it and it explodes, I have an easy time cleaning up. Never had an explosion though. The bottles can stretch quite a bit.

Jul 29, 2009
mulligatawnybreath in Recipes

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