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Old 03-13-2008, 11:39 AM   #1
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Default Hilderbrandts Ginger Beer

It's not really beer, but it is fermented...

I got this recipe ~15 years ago from a friend and have not yet made a batch

Maybe it can be modified??? I don't know how, I started my first brew 3 days ago.

The Plant
Ingredients

  • Lemons, 2
  • Sultanas, 8 (+/- some. No preservatives please, they are here to aid in starting fermentation)
  • Water, 2 cups
  • Sugar, 32 teaspoons
  • Ground Ginger 14 teaspoons

Method
Put lemons and sultanas in a jar with 2 cups of cold (room temperature) water. Place a cloth over it for 2 - 3 days. After this time remove the cloth and fit the lid to the jar. Feed the plant daily for a week with 2 teaspoons of ginger and 4 teaspoons of sugar. It should begin fermenting.

The Beer
Ingredients
  • Sugar, 4 cups
  • Lemon juice, 4 lemons' worth
  • Water - boiling, 4 cups
  • Water - cold, 28 cups


Method
Dissolve sugar in boiling water. Pour sugar-water and lemon juice into a bucket, adding 28 cups of cold (room temperature) water. Strain the contents of the plant into a bucket, retaining the sediment (for future use, if desired). Bottle mixture from the bucket. Ginger Beer is drinkable after 2 weeks and shouldn't be left much longer.

Notes
To begin a new plant, halve the sediment left in the straining cloth and place it back in the jar with 2 cups of cold (room temperature) water. Feed for a week with sugar and ginger, as per prior instructions. Giving away the other half of the plant is a great gesture of friendship. It is best to bottle in plastic, 2 or 1.25 litre soft-drink bottles; these swell under the pressure of fermentation instead of exploding dangerously as glass bottles have a habit of doing. Refrigerate for a few hours before drinking. Store in a safe place, just in case hot weather still causes the bottles to explode. Make ginger beer during the summer, the heat aids in fermentation and it makes a very refreshing drink in hot weather.
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Old 03-13-2008, 11:48 AM   #2
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Default Metric conversion

Oops, forgot not everyone is metric

conversions from http://www.botanical.com/botanical/cvcookix.html

1 cup = 240 ml
2 cups (1 pint) = 470 ml
therefore;
28 cups = 6.58 liters = 14 pints

1 teaspoon = 1 teaspoon

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Old 07-16-2010, 02:14 AM   #3
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How'd this work out? I'm interested in brewing some myself!

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Old 07-29-2010, 03:10 PM   #4
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Excuse a silly newbie question, but if I was to make half this batch, I suppose I would use a plant half as big?

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Old 07-09-2013, 01:24 PM   #5
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I have a ginger beer brew made similar to this... my starter after 7 days feeding (the plant) was about 700 mls, added it to my fermenter of preboiled water and sugar (about 5 kgs of sugar from memory) in 22 litres.

I don't recall the SG but it woulda been about 1.050 I imagine. It stopped bubbling this week (2 months) and the FG is 990, so the brew is about 8 to 10% ABV I guess. It is very gingery and dry. It will need back sweetening when bottling for my tastes (I use Stevia).

Did I leave it brewing too long I wonder?

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