Spiced Alcoholic Ginger Beer
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Ginger beer is a homebrew favorite!

I remember as a kid helping my father make a batch of his favorite ginger beer for the upcoming weekend braais with my uncles and friends. It will always be a warm memory. It’s such a fantastically easy beverage to make. The beauty is it’s easy enough for even the greenest of homebrewers to make, yet tasty enough that even the most veteran distillers are still keen to make it.

In my experience, it has been the conversation starter and “life” of many of our family gatherings and social events.

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Although, in my experience, this recipe is a tad on the temperamental side. It’s worth the wait and the tenderness that you need to treat this beer with.

Please note: If you do decide to add honey at the end, you need to drink it within a few days.

In conclusion What I have done in the past is store the beer in large containers in the fridge. Waiting for the special occasion.  On the approach of the occasion, I will add the honey to the beer a few days in advance. Bottle in smaller containers and refrigerate 2 to 3 days prior to the event. This tends to work our the best.

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Ginger Beer
Spiced Alcoholic Ginger Beer
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Spiced Alcoholic Ginger Beer
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, bring 5 Litres of water to the boil, add the grated ginger, add the zest of 4 lemons, and the juice from the 4 lemons, as well as the cloves and cinnamon stick. Boil for around 15 min.
  2. Take off the heat and add the sugar. Stir until it has fully dissolved.
  3. Once the mixture has cooled sufficiently (around 30-35 degrees), pore the mixture into your fermentation bucket, and add the yeast, mix well, then add the remaining 5 litres of water. Put the lid on and secure the airlock.
  4. Ferment the mixture in the bucket for around 2 weeks, or until the bubbles coming out the fermenter are more than a minute apart.
  5. Strain the mixture and stir in the honey for sweetness. SIDE NOTE: the honey will continue the fermentation, so a tip would be to bottle in PET (plastic) bottles and refrigerate immediately. Once the bottles are firm, they are ready for drinking. (don’t leave them for too long or it will become too fizzy) this is a craft mixture perfect for a weekend braai or party.
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  1. Danie July 19, 2020 Reply

    Is 400 gram of sugar enough, I always used 1.4 kg
    Will 400 ml of raisin yeast water also get this going

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