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Ginger Beer


1 pound fresh ginger

1 gallon water

1½ cups sugar

Pinch fermenting yeast, such as a Champagne, burgundy, or lager yeast*

*Fermenting yeasts can be purchased from a homebrew shop for less than two dollars.



The recent explosion of ginger beers means there are plenty of great ones readily available (Gosling’s, Barritts, Blenheim). But I make ginger beer myself. It’s actually easy to do, you just need time: a couple of hours and an overnight fermentation.

- Edgar Flores

  1. Juice ginger in food processor, blender, or juicer.
  2. Heat water, sugar, and ginger juice over medium-high heat until sugar and ginger are dissolved. Cool mixture and transfer to a sanitized container that can be tightly sealed.
  3. Add a pinch of yeast to mixture and let it ferment overnight at room temperature. The overnight fermentation will produce less than 1 percent alcohol content, about as much as your average fruit juice, but enough carbonation to give this spicy ginger beer some fizz.