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Title: Suggestions / recipe for Hard Jamaican Ginger Ale
Post by: rjharper on August 09, 2011, 09:57:33 PM
I really like dry, spicy Jamaican ginger ales.  I'd like to try a homebrew recipe that makes a hard ginger ale beer, ie maybe some Pilsen DME and ginger in place of hops.  Any suggestions?  I'm thinking the following, preparing the ginger by peeling and minifood processor.  Remember, I want it dry and spicy.

3 gal test batch
3lbs Pilsen DME
3lbs Honey
1.5oz ginger pulp 30mins
1.5oz ginger pulp 15mins
1.5oz ginger pulp flameout
WLP001 yeast

Anyone? Thanks!!


Title: Re: Suggestions / recipe for Hard Jamaican Ginger Ale
Post by: Jimmy K on August 10, 2011, 01:42:13 AM
We've tried this a couple times. The result is never really the same as Jamaican ginger beer, but worth experimenting with. We've added much more ginger, like 1-2 lbs for a 5 gallon batch. There is an interesting interaction between malt and ginger, as in, the malt completely hides the ginger flavor until its aged for about 9 months. The first time, we boiled the ginger for 10 minutes and after fermentation couldn't taste any ginger. So we added another pound of chopped ginger and aged it for a couple weeks. Still no ginger. After it was in the bottle for almost a year we could finally taste the ginger. Beats me what's going on - I'd like to know how you make out.

Other things. Someone else made a ginger "beer" once that was actually a ginger mead made with 50% honey/50% rice syrup. It was really good.

The second batch I used a blend of spices with the ginger - lemon, orange peel, and cayanne pepper. I decided to do this after reading the ingredients on a bottle of british ginger beer that listed "blend of botanicals" and capsaisin (hot pepper oil). Be careful with cayanne, but it definately helped give it the "bite" that I was looking for.
Title: Re: Suggestions / recipe for Hard Jamaican Ginger Ale
Post by: tschmidlin on August 10, 2011, 03:50:28 AM
I agree, more ginger, some cayenne to spice it up, and sugars that aren't going to overwhelm the spiciness.  I make a N/A Jamaican ginger beer from time to time that turns out nice.  I'd even be tempted to do make it and just add vodka to see what kind of alcohol level I like.
Title: Re: Suggestions / recipe for Hard Jamaican Ginger Ale
Post by: rjharper on August 10, 2011, 02:21:42 PM
Thanks guys. I think I'll up the ginger additions to 4oz, and include another 4oz "dry-hop", then add some lemon as well.  I might hold off the cayenne on the first round, but I do like the idea.  I'll let you know how it goes/