Alton Brown makes ginger ale - Page 7 - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Soda Making > Alton Brown makes ginger ale

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 10-09-2009, 10:07 PM   #61
bendavanza
Recipes 
 
Aug 2008
Oak CLiff, TX
Posts: 2,218
Liked 18 Times on 16 Posts


My latest 3 gallon recipe:
2.5 lbs ginger root, run through my juicer
4 lemons run through the juicer (whole)
1 cup sugar
2 cups agave nectar
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup maltodextrine
2 tsp vanilla extract (homemade)
I simmered some water to dissolve the sugars, and then added half the ginger juice and the vanilla, strained that mixture into the keg, then took the pulp and a couple pints of water, heated it up into a paste, then squeezed it through a strainer to get as much of the liquid out, added the lemon juice and filled the keg with water.
I suppose juicing the ginger was not necessary and the fibers definitely clog the juicer blades, but I think that having some of the juice not get heated helps with retaining the bite. It's not carbed up yet but it does taste good.
Next time I'll probably use a little more ginger but it does seem like plenty.



 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2009, 12:43 PM   #62
Yambor44
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Yambor44's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2008
Ocala Florida
Posts: 2,109
Liked 84 Times on 56 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Yuri_Rage View Post
Yesterday's 5 gallon recipe (following the same method):

2.5 lbs grated ginger
3.5 lbs sugar
8 cups water

9.5 oz lemon juice + enough water to top up to 5 gallons

It's a little spicier than the original but not significantly different in flavor.
Yuri,

I'd like to make a 2.5 gallon version and store in a 3 gallon keg. I have no where to chill the keg at this time. Do you, or anyone else, know if it's okay to leave it in a room temp environment hooked to the proper amount of CO2? The temp would range from 70-75 degrees.



 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2009, 06:39 PM   #63
Yambor44
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Yambor44's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2008
Ocala Florida
Posts: 2,109
Liked 84 Times on 56 Posts


Ended up with the following for a 3 gallon recipe:

1 pound 10 ounces of ground ginger root
2 pounds sugar
5 cups water
4.5 ounces lemon juice

Will force carb in 3 gallon keg and leave at 30 psi for 48 hours and test.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2009, 09:19 PM   #64
IrregularPulse
Hobby Collector
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
IrregularPulse's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2007
Posts: 50,218
Liked 3332 Times on 3198 Posts


So is this alcoholic at all? Like even a little? I'd assume it would have to be with the yeast, but to what extent?
__________________
Tap Room Hobo

I should have stuck to four fingers in Vegas. :o - marubozo's mom

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2009, 03:30 AM   #65
Yuri_Rage
Gritty.
HBT_MODERATOR.png
 
Yuri_Rage's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jul 2006
Southwest
Posts: 14,274
Liked 792 Times on 505 Posts


If you naturally carbonate, it winds up being less than 0.5% ABV.
__________________
Homebrewed Blog..........YouTube Channel .......... Shirts, posters, etc

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2009, 02:26 PM   #66
IrregularPulse
Hobby Collector
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
IrregularPulse's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2007
Posts: 50,218
Liked 3332 Times on 3198 Posts


cool, thanks for the number. I have a friend that just started brewing. His wife teaches biology and was wanting to make some sodas for her class.
__________________
Tap Room Hobo

I should have stuck to four fingers in Vegas. :o - marubozo's mom

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2009, 11:22 PM   #67
Jif
Recipes 
 
Jan 2009
St. Louis
Posts: 211
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Revvy View Post
I'm going to have to make some...

But what I am really interested in is the 11% ABV Ginger Beer he mentioned.
Seconded. I'd love to make this stuff!

Edit: Found this link:

http://www.instructables.com/id/The-...r-beer-recipe/

Looks to be close. Around 5% ABV, not quite there. Intriguing nonetheless.


 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2009, 01:36 AM   #68
friarjohn
Recipes 
 
Aug 2008
Peoria
Posts: 337
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


Dumb question. Do you wash and peel the ginger first?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2009, 07:01 PM   #69
rico567
Recipes 
 
Apr 2008
Central IL
Posts: 3,019
Liked 87 Times on 81 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Yuri_Rage View Post
Many of us are quite aware of the Good Eats homebrewing episode that was chock full of barely useful techniques and misguided but well-intentioned advice, so spare us your opinion on that one.

However, I'd really like to hear your thoughts on Alton's ginger ale recipe. I can't find a reason not to try it. The segment starts around 7 minutes.
I'm not sure how my question should be classified...perhaps "impertinent" is good, if in fact the term has any meaning left in this age....and I'm pretty sure it doesn't on the Internet. Nevertheless: if you didn't want anyone to bring up AB's brewing episode, why did you bring it up? Sure sounds like an invite to me.
__________________
“Malt does more than Milton can / To justify God’s ways to man”

-A. E. Housman (1859–1936). A Shropshire Lad , 1896.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2009, 07:30 PM   #70
Yambor44
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Yambor44's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2008
Ocala Florida
Posts: 2,109
Liked 84 Times on 56 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by rico567 View Post
I'm not sure how my question should be classified...perhaps "impertinent" is good, if in fact the term has any meaning left in this age....and I'm pretty sure it doesn't on the Internet. Nevertheless: if you didn't want anyone to bring up AB's brewing episode, why did you bring it up? Sure sounds like an invite to me.
Uh, perhaps because he wanted to stay on topic?



 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Alton Brown - Homebrew - You Tube Poindexter Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 54 01-28-2012 03:29 AM
Blueberry Soda (Pop) - Alton Brown jasoncann Soda Making 4 08-27-2009 05:21 PM
Alton Brown smoker dataz722 Cooking & Pairing 4 02-08-2009 02:24 AM
Alton Brown, My renew interest flip143 General Beer Discussion 20 12-01-2007 09:00 AM


Forum Jump