I've been brewing all grain beer in 8 gallon batch sizes for a year but this is my first soda. I just got three taps and the ease of force carbonation tempted me to try this.
Let me know what you think of this recipe/process:
Batch Size: 5 gallons
Ingredients: .81 lb of ginger / 4lb of cane sugar / 1lb of beet sugar (because I have it left over from a Belgian Beer kit) / lemon juice?
Process: cut ginger and put in food processor, boil ginger 30 minutes in full volume of water (5.5-6 gallons to account for some boil off), kill the heat and stir in the sugar to dissolve thoroughly.
Chill liquid through Blichmann Therminator and into Keg
Chill Keg over night (to 35F) and then force carb at 30psi
Should I add the sugar earlier in the boil?
(kettle caramelization in a Ginger Ale?)
Does a vigorous 30 minute boil drive off any desirable aromatics in ginger?
Thanks for any input.