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Looking for a good ginger beer recipe
« on: February 03, 2017, 03:36:01 PM »
Does anyone have a decent ginger beer recipe that they can share? I've seen recipes ranging anywhere from 2 Tbsp to 1lb of fresh ginger for a 2 liter batch. I'm definitely looking for something with some kick to it, but a pound in 2 liters seems ridiculous.
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Re: Looking for a good ginger beer recipe
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2017, 03:49:18 PM »
One of the 2016 Big Brew's was a Ginger Ale: https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/homebrew-recipe/summertime-ginger-ale/


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Re: Looking for a good ginger beer recipe
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2017, 08:36:35 PM »
Are you looking for an beer recipe or a "ginger beer" recipe for mixer for Dark and Stormy's? I am looking for the latter.

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Re: Looking for a good ginger beer recipe
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2017, 10:06:40 AM »
Are you looking for an beer recipe or a "ginger beer" recipe for mixer for Dark and Stormy's? I am looking for the latter.

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Same here, I'm planning on making the soft drink.

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Re: Looking for a good ginger beer recipe
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2017, 10:13:27 AM »
I've been interested in this as well and have been leaning towards the syrup recipes as I think they would be more scalable and easy to try many variations.

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Re: Looking for a good ginger beer recipe
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2017, 11:50:00 AM »
I've been interested in this as well and have been leaning towards the syrup recipes as I think they would be more scalable and easy to try many variations.
Do you have a recipe in mind?

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Re: Looking for a good ginger beer recipe
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2017, 12:10:28 PM »
There are loads, and as Eric mentioned they vary greatly in the amount of ginger. Just google "homemade ginger syrup"

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/ginger-ale-recipe.html
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/homemade-ginger-ale-358033

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Re: Looking for a good ginger beer recipe
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2017, 08:48:17 AM »
At one time I was making ginger beer using the GBP and it was delicious, but my plant never grew and I could not keep up drinking the stuff as fast as it would make. I suggest you give it a whirl as it is cheap and easy.

http://www.ipass.net/mpdixon/GBP.htm

A couple of my links are dead as it an old site and I forget how many total batches I made back in the day. I know I quit documenting at 10.

Here are some new links:
https://www.yemoos.com/pages/ginger-beer-plant
http://www.gingerbeerplant.net/buy.get-gbp.php
https://www.happyherbalist.com/ginger-beer-plant-culture-kit/

And of course just google Ginger Beer Plant
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Re: Looking for a good ginger beer recipe
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2017, 12:48:27 PM »
At one time I was making ginger beer using the GBP and it was delicious, but my plant never grew and I could not keep up drinking the stuff as fast as it would make. I suggest you give it a whirl as it is cheap and easy.

http://www.ipass.net/mpdixon/GBP.htm

A couple of my links are dead as it an old site and I forget how many total batches I made back in the day. I know I quit documenting at 10.

Here are some new links:
https://www.yemoos.com/pages/ginger-beer-plant
http://www.gingerbeerplant.net/buy.get-gbp.php
https://www.happyherbalist.com/ginger-beer-plant-culture-kit/

And of course just google Ginger Beer Plant
Sounds interesting, but I learned from my kombucha brewing that brewing and drinking anything that needs to be kept going on a cycle just won't work for me.

Now that I have a 3-tap tower, I'm looking to have a keg of soda on tap on occasion. I picked up some passionfruit concentrate and pomegranate molasses to work on a few ideas. Aside from the more creative 1-offs, I'd really like to have a "house" ginger beer recipe as a go-to. I guess I'll just have to pick something as a start and work on it from there.
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Re: Looking for a good ginger beer recipe
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2017, 02:03:23 PM »
At one time I was making ginger beer using the GBP and it was delicious, but my plant never grew and I could not keep up drinking the stuff as fast as it would make. I suggest you give it a whirl as it is cheap and easy.

http://www.ipass.net/mpdixon/GBP.htm

A couple of my links are dead as it an old site and I forget how many total batches I made back in the day. I know I quit documenting at 10.

Here are some new links:
https://www.yemoos.com/pages/ginger-beer-plant
http://www.gingerbeerplant.net/buy.get-gbp.php
https://www.happyherbalist.com/ginger-beer-plant-culture-kit/

And of course just google Ginger Beer Plant
Sounds interesting, but I learned from my kombucha brewing that brewing and drinking anything that needs to be kept going on a cycle just won't work for me.

Now that I have a 3-tap tower, I'm looking to have a keg of soda on tap on occasion. I picked up some passionfruit concentrate and pomegranate molasses to work on a few ideas. Aside from the more creative 1-offs, I'd really like to have a "house" ginger beer recipe as a go-to. I guess I'll just have to pick something as a start and work on it from there.
That was my experience with kombucha too, it got a little ahead of me.
Know that you have pomegranate syrup you can make a really nice muhummara.
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Re: Looking for a good ginger beer recipe
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2017, 06:37:27 AM »
I have been brewing a few batches of sodas with my daughter and was thinking of having a keg of ginger beer on tap. We made a gallon at a time using 1.25 to 2.5 oz of grated fresh ginger, depending on how much ginger flavor we wanted, 1/2 a lemon juiced, and about 1.75 cups of sugar simmered for about a half hour.  It's a pretty simple recipe, but makes a pretty good ginger beer.  This also was for naturally carbonated ginger beer.  If I force carb, I will probably cut the sugar amount down. Good luck and let us know how it goes and what recipe you use. 
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Re: Looking for a good ginger beer recipe
« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2017, 08:02:49 AM »
I have been brewing a few batches of sodas with my daughter and was thinking of having a keg of ginger beer on tap. We made a gallon at a time using 1.25 to 2.5 oz of grated fresh ginger, depending on how much ginger flavor we wanted, 1/2 a lemon juiced, and about 1.75 cups of sugar simmered for about a half hour.  It's a pretty simple recipe, but makes a pretty good ginger beer.  This also was for naturally carbonated ginger beer.  If I force carb, I will probably cut the sugar amount down. Good luck and let us know how it goes and what recipe you use.
I think I'll be making a few tweaks as I go, but I made my first batch last night. The recipe is basically a guesstimate based on several recipes I've seen, but I should be able to dial it in quickly over a few batches.

1 medium hand of ginger, peeled and chopped (weighed 1.5 oz/43g of prepped ginger)
125g light brown sugar

This was added to a cup of water and heated to a boil in the microwave in an oversized coffee mug

Zest of 2 limes added as a "flameout" addition to the boiled syrup, then covered with plastic wrap and allowed to steep about 90 minutes

The juice of the 2 limes was added to a 1-liter soda bottle, then the strained ginger mixture, then topped off with filtered, cold tap water. I force-carbed to 30 PSI and threw it in the kegerator to chill overnight. I'll give it a taste tonight and report back. The nice thing about a 1-liter batch is that it is pretty much 1/10 of the size of my 2.5 gallon kegs, so everything should scale up easily to a keg.
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Re: Looking for a good ginger beer recipe
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2017, 08:28:32 AM »
How did you force carb the 1 liter bottles?
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Re: Looking for a good ginger beer recipe
« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2017, 10:18:57 AM »
How did you force carb the 1 liter bottles?
One of these guys. It screws onto a standard soda bottle lid and hooks up to a gas disconnect:

https://www.morebeer.com/products/carbacap.html

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Re: Looking for a good ginger beer recipe
« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2017, 11:12:22 AM »
How did you force carb the 1 liter bottles?
One of these guys. It screws onto a standard soda bottle lid and hooks up to a gas disconnect:

https://www.morebeer.com/products/carbacap.html


Cool.I'm getting one for sure.
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