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Ginger Beer #2

The new Ginger Beer Plant arrived last week, liberally flattened by Royal Mail.

I set up a starter batch (just sugar and lemon juice) as soon as I could and when I returned from a weekend break it was bubbling merrily away.

I’ve just started the first brew from it, will let you know how I get on with it!

The first image is before I added the ginger, the 2nd is after!

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Ginger Beer Update!

My ginger beer plant is dead.  I’ve done something silly with it and have had to reorder.

If you want to order your own, you can always do so from sites such as

Ginger beer tip:

If you want really hot ginger beer add a chili – it’ll blow your socks off but is so, so very nice 🙂

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REAL ginger beer instructable

Well the time was finally here to make some ginger beer!

So I made an instructable at the same time.  Since it’s the first time I’d made it, I’ve really got my fingers crossed.  By the way so far I have three people awaiting samples of ginger beer plant, so don’t forget to ask for some in the comments here (rather than instructables).

To satisfy demand I’m actually going to make 5g of ginger beer next week and let people pass judgment at the RALGA plant sale.

I guess I better get some paper cups for people sample with!

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REAL Ginger Beer Plant & Ginger Beer Recipe

Ginger Beer PlantFinally my ginger beer plant arrived today – it should have been here yesterday, shame on you Post Office for your ever slipping standards.

Let me begin by saying, if a recipe for ginger beer asks for brewers yeast it is not ‘traditional’ ‘authentic’ ‘old-style’ or anything else, it is ‘faux-ginger beer’.  To make ‘traditional’ ‘authentic’ ‘old-style’ ginger beer you need a ginger beer plant.

A ginger beer plant does not require yeast.  You cannot start one yourself.  You need a ginger beer plant from someone else.   Just think for a minute, I start my ginger beer ‘plant’ with brewers/bakers yeast, then after my brew I split it in half and give it to my friend.  Why?  Can’t he get the yeast himself and put it in a pot?  It’s just plain silly!  Ginger Beer Plant (GBP) is a very special substance which relies on lots and lots of internal co-operative processes to work! So please, please web authors stop posting your recipes for ‘real’ ginger beer!


Anyway… I’ve popped it straight in the fridge, unfortunately I’m not here this weekend as I’m off on my stag do.  It’s a somewhat more eco friendly stag do than I originally planned – we’re off to centerparcs in Nottingham for the weekend.  Whilst I’m looking forward to it, sadly I’m equally excited about starting my ginger beer.  Unfortunately the two aren’t compatable, so I’ll have to start my experiment the moment I get back.

Meantime here is a REAL recipe for REAL ginger beer:

Ginger beer plant
2 litres of clorine free water (just leave an open topped bottle of tap water in the fridge overnight)
A quarter tsp of cream of tar tar
A quarter tsp of the juice of a lemon to taste
Just a little more sugar than you would like to taste
A good dessertspoon of ginger powder to taste or about two inches of fresh ginger scalded and grated or finely sliced and held together in piece of muslin tied with a rubber band.

Put all the ingredients in together in a fermentation bucket (food grade plastic) and stir to dissolve the sugar.  Leave in the fermentation device for a couple of days.  Then bottle in a 2 liter coke bottle straining through more muslin cloth to remove the ginger plant.   Leave the bottle for a couple of days until when squeezed it feels quite solid.  Put it in the fridge to chill – this will effectively render any remaining yeast asleep.

Be warned – the end product is quite, quite fizzy (apparently more so than champagne).

The amount of GBP (Ginger Beer Plant) ought to have doubled, if not this time it should have done so during your next brew.  Take half and give it to a friend/family/stranger.

GBP can be stored in the fridge once rinsed, drained and covered when not brewing.

Both the original instructions (modified by me) and the plant came from – I won’t be offering any yet until I’ve at least drunk my first batch and I intend to make five gallons…

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