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nostalgia 10-11-2009 06:33 PM

Ginger Ale - 3rd place 2009 HBT BJCP Comp
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The original and final gravities in the recipe are the estimates at 75% efficiency. My actual OG and FG for the contest winning version were:

OG: 1.045
FG: 1.002


Ingredients for Mashing
Amount  Item                            Type  % or IBU
4.00 lb  Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)  Grain  48.48 %
1.25 lb  Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM)    Grain  15.15 %

Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge

Step Time  Name      Description                      Step Temp
60 min    Mash In  Add 7.88 qt of water at 164.0 F  154.0 F
Drain Mash Tun
Batch Sparge Round 1: Sparge with 5.33 gal of 175.0 F water

Boil Wort
  Add water to achieve boil volume of 6.42 gal
  Estimated pre-boil gravity is 1.040 (note this estimate includes honey)
Boil Ingredients

Boil  Amount  Item                                        Type
60 min 1.50 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (60 min)                  Hops
60 min 3.00 lb Honey (1.0 SRM)                            Sugar
30 min 2.00 items Lemon Juice (per lemon) (Boil 30.0 min)  Misc
30 min 6.00 oz Ginger Root (Boil 30.0 min)                Misc
15 min 1.00 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 15.0 min)                Misc
10 min 2.00 oz Ginger Root (Boil 10.0 min)                Misc
10 min 2.00 items Lemon Zest (Boil 10.0 min)              Misc
2 min 1.00 oz Williamette [5.50 %] (2 min)                Hops

Cool and Prepare Fermentation
  Cool wort to fermentation temperature
  Transfer wort to fermenter
  Add water to achieve final volume of 5.00 gal

Ingredients for Fermentation
Amount  Item                      Type % or IBU
1 Pkgs  Safale (DCL Yeast #US-05)  Yeast-Ale 


  Primary fermentation (14 days at 68.0 F)
  Secondary fermentation (7 days at 68.0 F)
    Add to Secondary
Amount  Item                              Type % or IBU
2.50 oz  Ginger Root (Secondary 7.0 days)  Misc

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IamSauce4 06-06-2010 03:46 PM

This recipe makes me happy :)

I made ginger ale the other day, and all my friends were shocked it didn't have any alcohol in it. Maybe I'll make this and really blow their minds :)

tagz 06-22-2010 01:44 AM

Would you mind updating with tasting notes? Have you played around with the level of ginger at all?

nostalgia 06-22-2010 01:58 AM

I've only done this twice so far. The first time was extract, the second all-grain, so it's a little hard to compare.

With the recipe as written, it's got a nice ginger nose and a good, strong ginger flavor without much bite. The base beer still comes through nicely. It's also bright and has excellent head retention.


A friend of mine (not a beer drinker) drank enough at a sitting to forget whose house he was at :)


AmandaK 08-02-2010 09:59 PM

How did you prepare the ginger? Crush it? Chop it?

nostalgia 08-02-2010 10:00 PM

I chopped it pretty finely. Next time I may grate it to get a little more punch.


SwampassJ 08-02-2010 11:41 PM

I had a ginger bear on tap at Brew pub and it was awesome. I might try this one or try and wrangle their recipe.

ftlstrings 08-21-2010 03:47 PM

This looks yummy! Thanks for the pic, too.


jonbomb 09-07-2010 01:55 PM

I bought all of the ingredients for this over the weekend. I'm very excited to try this recipe.

Has anyone looked at the recipe to ever concider this beer a braggot??

SaltyTX 02-04-2011 12:47 AM

could be a good start

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