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Old 01-16-2011, 02:59 PM   #1
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Default Paisano's Amazing Ginger Ale (soft drink)

This is an easy but amazingly tasty ginger ale that's full of flavor. You can easily adjust the strength of the ginger flavor using the suggestions below. My kids and swmbo are frequently asking me to brew more. Although it's really good when cold and carbed, the flavors are also fantastic when served warm right from the brew pot. Don't be surprised when you find that it has all been drank so quickly. Make a mild version for your kids and you may end up father of the year!

Recipe Type: Soda
Batch Size (Gallons): 1

Ingredients
5 quarts water
2-9 ounces Fresh Ginger Root*
2 Clementine oranges**
1 lemon***
3/4 Cup brown sugar

*2 ounces of ginger yields a very mild but noticeable ginger flavor that is a bit stronger than commercial sodas, 5-6 ounces makes for a prominent ginger taste (my favorite), and 8-9 really begins to produce warmth in the mouth. If you don't know if you like bold ginger flavor, I suggest you try 2 ounces and taste it. Swmbo likes it spicy warm at around 8-9 ounces.
** Ive substituted 1/4 Cup orange juice before and it turned out great but it lack the oils from the peels
*** Ive substituted 3 Tablespoons of lemon juice but same as above.


Directions

  • Place 4 qts. water in a pot, place a wooden spoon vertically in the pot and mark the 1-gallon level on the spoon with a pencil
  • Add the remaining quart of water and heat on high.
  • While the water begins to heat, peal and weigh the ginger. Slice the ginger into thin coin-thick pieces (I don't own a grater and this is how I maintain consistency) then cut ginger pieces into quarters, steep in the pot.
  • Wash the outside of the lemon and oranges then peel each, keeping the fruit and peels. I tear the peels up into coin-sized pieces.
  • Upon boil: add the orange and lemon peels, then squeeze the peeled fruit into the pot and drop the squeezed fruit sections into the boil.
  • Boil all ingredients and stir occasionally until the brew is reduced to the 1-gallon mark on your wooden spoon.
  • Add brown sugar and boil for a couple of minutes.
  • Strain (then drink a cup of it warm -- it's amazing!)
  • Chill and carbonate by your preferred method.
Often, we don't wait for it to carbonate but drink it "still" right from a gallon jug in the fridge -- yum!
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Old 01-16-2011, 03:26 PM   #2
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BTW, I don't like super sweet sodas and try to limit my kids' sugar intake. The 3/4 Cup brown sugar produces a medium sweetness. You may prefer 1 Cup for a more commercial-like sweetness.

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Old 01-16-2011, 10:24 PM   #3
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I modified my recipe with 1/2 dark brown sugar, and it's much better. Good call on the brown sugar!

The clementines sound excellent... I'll try that next!

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How would you carbonate that, other than kegging?

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Old 03-17-2011, 11:49 PM   #5
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How would you carbonate that, other than kegging?
Force carbonating is what makes the most sense. One could use yeast, but the sugars present in the solution pose problems. If you go the yeast route, do research first.
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Default Paisano's ginger ale w/ Soda Stream?

Has anyone tried Paisano's recipe w/ a Soda Stream maker?
I'm expecting one in the mail anytime and would like to try this recipe?

If any Soda Stream or other forced carbonator users have tried the recipe, did you have any trouble carbonating the "still" mix sugar and all. I know that Soda Stream instructions for soda w/ their syrup have you carbonate the pure water first, then add a capful of soda syrup after. Thanks.

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I am not familiar with the soda stream product. However, if it is a force-carbonation mechanism (i.e., carbonates water which is then flavored), then I suspect it would work just fine.

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I'm eager to try this recipe! I do have a question regarding the sugar though.

I strongly prefer to use turbinado sugars (evaporated cane juice) to white or brown sugar (processed with molasses added). Do you have any experience with this variety of sugar and how it affects the sweetness and/or taste?

Thank you very much!

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I strongly prefer to use turbinado sugars (evaporated cane juice) to white or brown sugar (processed with molasses added). Do you have any experience with this variety of sugar and how it affects the sweetness and/or taste?
I am familiar with turbinado sugar but I've not used it in this recipe. I would suggest finding and equivalency chart for turbinado and other sugars to get a starting point, and then experiment with sweetness from there. Let us know your results! Good luck!
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Good Afternoon. So, I'm new to all this and I just started my first brew (Brewer's Best IPA). It's been in the fermenter for just 48 hours now and since the beer won't be ready for a month or longer, I was thinking I'd make some soda to test out my keg system, and pass some time.

Will this work with a 5 gallon corny keg? What level do you recommend setting it at?

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