Ginger Beer

By: Hannah Lee Leidy
Photo by Famzing Photography and Video

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

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1 gallon

  • 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.
  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.


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