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After years of brewing and fermenting my own ginger beer, this is the cheapest, easiest and quickest way to make ginger beer at home. The price of fresh ginger is a such a rip-off in this country that I have resorted to using ginger powder nowadays.
Initially, I was sceptical about the ginger powder but it worked out fine after trying a batch of brew with the powder. I have discovered it all comes down to how I ferment the ginger beer.
I used to transfer the fermented ginger beer into bottles by siphoning with a rubber tubing. The tubing tend to stir up the residue at the bottom of the fermentation container and some residue get siphoned into the bottles as a result. This method also leaves a bit of a mess which I hate when it comes to cleaning up.
It took me a while to find a drink dispenser with a tap at the bottom. By using the tap to fill the bottles, the residue does not get stirred up and the ginger beer turns out clear instead of cloudy when I pour it into a drink glass.
No more messy siphoning with a stubborn tubing, and filling up the ginger beer bottles is a breeze! And, it gives me the motivation to start another new batch of ginger beer right away.
This ginger beer recipe is good for a 3-litre container.
3 tablespoons ginger powder
1 cup white sugar
juice of 1 lemon
3 litres of water
half teaspoon yeast
Make sure the drink dispenser is clean. Pour the ginger powder, sugar, yeast and lemon juice into the dispenser. Add 2 cups of water, close the lid tight and shake the container to mix all the ingredients until the sugar dissolves.
Add in the remaining water and leave the drink dispenser in a warm corner of the kitchen for two to three days. Do not tighten the lid of the container, just leave it loosely covered so that any air that builds up inside can escape. Otherwise, there will be a messy explosion in the kitchen!
You should be able to see some action going on the following day. There will be some bubbles in the liquid. If you place your ear near the top of the container, you should hear some fizzling sounds like the soda drinks.
The ginger beer is ready to be transferred to bottles after two days if you are in a warm country. I usually bottle the ginger beer after three to four days to allow it to ferment properly due to the cool weather in my area.
Use clean dark coloured PET bottles to store the ginger beer.
Pour a teaspoon of sugar into each PET bottle. If you want your ginger beer to be sweeter, you can adjust the amount of sugar but one teaspoon of sugar is good enough for me. Use a funnel to pour in the sugar if necessary.
Release the ginger beer into the bottle through the dispenser tap. Fill the bottle up, leave a gap of about 5cm from the top of the bottle. Put the cap on the bottle and tighten.
Fill the rest of the bottles with ginger beer.
Store the bottles in the refrigerator for at least a week to allow further fermentation to produce more tang and fizz before consuming.