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Old 09-21-2013, 07:02 AM   #41
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Everyone is suggesting plastic bottles. Would it be possible if I double up the recipe and ferment it a day in a 1 gal glass carboy, then (glass) bottled it into glass, and took it right to the fridge? I love old-timey ginger ale ESPECIALLY Vernors (which is impossible to convince the commissary on base in Japan to stock)
Any advice for doing this in glass?


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Old 09-24-2013, 04:13 AM   #42
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Everyone is suggesting plastic bottles. Would it be possible if I double up the recipe and ferment it a day in a 1 gal glass carboy, then (glass) bottled it into glass, and took it right to the fridge? I love old-timey ginger ale ESPECIALLY Vernors (which is impossible to convince the commissary on base in Japan to stock)
Any advice for doing this in glass?
This is tricky, But here's what I have been doing. I bottle in 1 L flip top bottles (glass) that had sparkling lemonade soda in them. But I also bottle a plastic bottle to test. When the plastic is firm, they all go in the fridge.

Sometimes, I just let it sit for 2 days and hope it's enough.

I wouldn't do it with any bottle that wasn't made for carbonated drinks (like i would not use juice, decorative, spirits, etc. bottles.) especially not if they are really old.


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Old 09-29-2013, 01:08 AM   #43
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I was wondering if anyone has ever tried to pasteurize this in the bottle after it has fully carbed, in order to make it shelf safe. I have seen threads somewhere here about how to do that, but am wondering if the plastic bottles will hold up to the pressure of the carb and then the heat of pasteurization process. Any ideas?
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Old 10-07-2013, 11:08 PM   #44
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I kegged this and put the ginger in a paint strainer bag and right in the keg. Taste great and no floaties. Thanks yoop for another great one
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Old 10-15-2013, 06:41 PM   #45
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x2 on the pasteurizing idea. I was thinking about bottles, and using a few plastic ones as feelers for when pressure is good, then pasteurizing the glass bottles.
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Old 01-13-2014, 09:05 PM   #46
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sub'd. Wife has been pushing me to make some "real" Root Beer and Ginger Ale since I started brewing about a year ago.

This looks easy and quick so that'll be nice. If I end up doing this I may double or triple it and try using 2 or 3 "regular" 12oz bottles and put the rest in plastic Polar Seltzer water bottles. If cider can be pasteurized I don't see why the same process can't be done for soda.

Looks like the easiest bottle pasteurizing method is in the dishwasher, do a search for dishwasher pasteurizing.
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Old 01-14-2014, 12:58 AM   #47
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sub'd. Wife has been pushing me to make some "real" Root Beer and Ginger Ale since I started brewing about a year ago.

This looks easy and quick so that'll be nice. If I end up doing this I may double or triple it and try using 2 or 3 "regular" 12oz bottles and put the rest in plastic Polar Seltzer water bottles. If cider can be pasteurized I don't see why the same process can't be done for soda.

Looks like the easiest bottle pasteurizing method is in the dishwasher, do a search for dishwasher pasteurizing.
I don't think you can pasteurize in plastic, though.
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Old 01-14-2014, 01:02 AM   #48
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Right. Plastic would have to go in the fridge. For glass I don't mind throwing a case or so in the dishwasher. Standing over the stove doing 5 or 6 bottles for an hour or longer isn't fun.

I found the dishwasher pasteurizing post while looking at this post. I think my preference would be to do it in glass, pasteurize, and not have to take up the fridge space.

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Old 02-07-2014, 01:04 PM   #49
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Do not try and heat pasturize in the PET bottles. They become way too pliable and stretch out under the pressure form inside.
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Old 03-10-2014, 08:15 PM   #50
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I'm carbing my first ginger beer attempt. Here is what I used for 2 liters:

4 ounces of fresh ginger juice to give that nice burn
1 lime
1/2 a lemon
2/3 cup blue agave

I'm carbing at 30 psi with the carbonator.

*Notes*

0.68 Lbs of ginger (USA) produced 8 ounces of ginger juice with a masticating juicer.

I'm will try my next batch with organic cane sugar.


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