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Old 12-10-2013, 05:12 AM   #11
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Looking forward to hearing how it turns out. At that kind of strength is it like strong mead where it keeps getting more refined and smooth with age?


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Old 12-11-2013, 03:35 AM   #12
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I have made batches at this A.B.V. before, nowhere as strong as a mead, most meads are 18-20% and are like rocket fuel till aged. This stuff will stay a little sweet and sneak up on you if you are not careful. Just a really strong beer. I have never had any last long enough to age significantly. None has lasted more than three weeks after a three week carbonation hold in bottles. P.S. cleaned sanitized plastic 16 oz soda pop bottles are the bomb for carbonating home brews. Bonus if they become bottle bombs no glass.


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Old 12-22-2013, 03:59 AM   #13
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To make real ginger beer you need a GBP (ginger beer plant), a real one not a feed yeast variety. I enjoy ginger and use it daily at the restaurant, grating it on the fine side of a box grater and then squezzing out the juice, i dont like the grainy texture of grated ginger in my fnished dishes. I think ginger flavored beer sounds awesome and plan to add some to a re-brew of my placer county mandarin orange ipa that came out great, albiet a bit powerful, but with a hint of ginger heat and sweet, could be even better.
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Old 12-23-2013, 01:12 PM   #14
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This thread is pretty good and it has my experiment (which is starting to taste less weird and will hopefully be great by summertime)

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/alco...er-beer-91970/
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Old 12-27-2013, 07:04 AM   #15
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Subscribing to this thread. I am new to brewing, but getting some good ginger beers (yes I'm a redhead and Irish) and Root Beers are my main goals.

After I get going a little bit I plan on trying all kinds of different ginger beer recipes
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Old 01-09-2014, 02:04 AM   #16
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I just racked my 5.5 gal batch of ginger beer. O.G. Was 1.076 now it is at 1.040 still a little too sweet so I will let it go for a while yet before bottling. Taste test it is pretty good will be great when bottled and allowed to carb up. Hoping to have it finish around 1.010-1.015 est. about 7-8%A.B.V. One change I did with this batch was to not use the bark of the ginger when brewing the wort and did not let it ferment for more than the first two weeks with the fruit and spice and ginger in the wort. Used to get a funny smell from the beer when done. It drank well just had a funny smell. Sample tonight crisp clean and refreshing just a little sweet no odd smell.
I agree with a previous comment re real ginger beer plant. I have had good success creating them as described in the link I had previously posted. The method works well and if you light it from below or the side it makes a pretty cool lava lamp. Until need to use it in a big batch of beer. :-)
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Dark and stormys with this batch of ginger beer were great may have converted a few people.Click image for larger version

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I have started a new ginger beer plant. My method uses organic ginger root from the local food store. In a sanitized bowl using a sanitized microplane I grind the untreated, unwashed ginger root 1.5-2oz . This is now transferred into a quart jar 2/3 full with filtered water then add 2tsp white granulated sugar. I cover it with a coffee filter and rubber band to let it breath. Keep it in a warm place out of the way. Then feed it daily additional ground fresh ginger and sugar as described previously. After 5-7 days if the jar is illuminated you will see little bits of the ginger moving about much like a lava lamp of old. This will let you know you have a live G.B.P. I have used this method 3 times and it has always worked. One time I just added all the ingredients that would have been in the final plant into a sanitized blender and just waited it worked but was difficult to use and remove from the final product due to the ginger being pulverized.


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Old 02-10-2014, 04:43 AM   #19
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Here is a video of what a living Ginger beer plant looks like.
http://youtu.be/-7UN8i4qsKk


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I have now racked the latest batch to the bottling bucket O.G. 1.076 tested today as 1.045 est A.B.V. ~4%.
I could wait no longer for a dark and stormy. My last batch finished started at 1.076 and finished at 1.040
I thing this will finish the same in the bucket before I bottle or consume it all.


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