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Old 03-18-2009, 03:15 AM   #1
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I've played with the search function enough:

One post said as much as 2.5 lbs of ginger (not a typo), and others say 5 oz is plenty. I only have one shot at this to have it ready in time for SWMBO's graduation party, otherwise I would happily play with iterations until I got a good recipe. I plan on adding ginger to a wheat-type recipe with honey.

How much grated ginger root for a 5 gallon batch of beer (the kind with alcohol) will give a reach-out-and-smack-you-in-the-face ginger flavor?

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I have had good luck with around 4 ounces of fresh ginger.

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I've made ginger braggot twice and I used 4 oz as well in a 5-gallon batch. I can't imagine using much more.

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4 oz
but i like it mo' subtle so i use 2
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I've had good luck with 3-4 ounces in my Ginger Orange Dortmunder. The ginger does linger, BUT it also fades or more precisely it mellows. How far til graduation? If we're talking june/july, I almost would err on the side of caution for and go on the high side and do 4-5 ounces.

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I've had good luck with 3-4 ounces in my Ginger Orange Dortmunder. The ginger does linger, BUT it also fades or more precisely it mellows. How far til graduation? If we're talking june/july, I almost would err on the side of caution for and go on the high side and do 4-5 ounces.
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I've had good luck with 3-4 ounces in my Ginger Orange Dortmunder. The ginger does linger, BUT it also fades or more precisely it mellows. How far til graduation? If we're talking june/july, I almost would err on the side of caution for and go on the high side and do 4-5 ounces.
It's middle of May, Revvy. I'm thinking I'll ferment a bit on the high side (68-70) so I'm sure to get a quick ferment, and maybe skip the secondary.

I talked to my brother in law and asked him how much ginger was in his last ginger beer batch, and he used 3 oz in the primary and 2 in the secondary, and while it was good it was a bit on the mellow side. I think since SWMBO wants a heavy ginger flavor I might go as high as 10 oz, but 2.5 lbs seems silly. Thanks for the ideas, all.
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Old 03-19-2009, 05:43 AM   #8
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That's one prolific first post.

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The Ginger beer that started with this post is finally ready and will be served at the graduation party tomorrow. We just sampled one, and it came out great! I ended up using 10 oz of fresh coarse chopped ginger root, and two pounds of honey in a basic wheat recipe, and fermented with WLP001 (due to a happy accident).

After two weeks in bottles the tester tasted a bit harsh, but it has mellowed out and is smooth and yummy! There's a great ginger flavor that is up front and prominent, but it isn't overwhelming like you just took a bite of a ginger root. If anyone is looking for ginger flavor in your beer, don't be afraid of using 10 oz. It will turn out great!

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