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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 gingerbeerplant.net

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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Plant sale & new water butt

Today was the plant sale down our allotment. Hosted by the committee it raised a fair bit of cash to put towards the constant admin, repairs to equipment etc.

I didn’t have any spare plants yet. But I contributed with 5 gallons of ale and 5.5 gallons of sweet ginger beer.

Mmm. The ginger beer was of course the most heavily drunk, it was after all 10am and the serious drinkers like myself were still nursing hangovers. Hopefully it’ll still hold out till next weekend when we have airshow.

I got a few new gooseberries (will still have an entire allotment of gooseberries), tomatoes, broccoli, mild chili and a few other bits and bobs. They also had a wonderful selection of cakes and by 11 I was washing it down with some of my aptly named ‘poisoned rat ale’.

My significant other turned up with parents who reminded us we’d offered to pick up a water butt from a close family friend. So we popped over with my friend Gary (one of my ushers at the big upcoming date…) to pick it up.

Gary levelling stand

When we returned, an insane idea gripped us – what about putting up on the other side of the shed so we could get water off the roof from there! This clever idea turned into a wonderful bodge ending up with me cutting my thumbnail with a rusty knife.

The bodge

It certainly bled out the rust however as it litterally pumped the blood up and out. Ouch. I used up all the spare medical gauze, tape and even a triangular bandage wrapped round to stem the flow! So the last pic shows me with the aforementioned bodge with a well wrapped thumb.

Tim with bandaged thumb

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Dig for room to plant stuff…

View of the coldframe

coldframe

May is very much upon us and if you’d not noticed, spring has very much sprung.  This has caught us by surprise again (like last year and the year before) because about now is the time to be planting everything out that you’ve carefully nurtured in your fabulous coldframe or greenhouse.  This year its caught us out with extra surprise because the stuff we planted a few months ago hasn’t been eaten by slugs.

By Jove, I think I’ve solved the problem using the coldframe, which at present seems fairly slug proof (But not maretail proof)

We have brussel sprouts (unheard of), cucumbers, peppers, beans, more beans, sunflowers, chard, lots of lettuce, tomatoes, chilies etc.  And oh so much more.  So the first thing I did today was dig three beds (one was a supersize one) to plant stuff out.  We’ve put in five cabbages, lots of mangetout (a supersize variety from realseeds), cucumbers, runner beans, chard, various herbs, leeks, the tomato that survived the lack of watering and then did yet more seed sowing.

Finally, apart from one small corner we seem to have actually reached capacity down the plot.  Every bit of bare earth has now got an owner, some are doubled up even and even now we’re starting to get some produce.  Today I’d eaten a bit of lettuce, tried some baby rhubarb (apparently you can eat the stems raw dipped in sugar, but I’ve never done it before today and to be honest, I won’t be trying it again.

Damien popped over and gave us some pond weed for our pond (which now supports a frog!) and some cabbages.  A guy I used to go to school with (Simon) popped over and sampled the homebrew which ought to be ready for next week and gave me the thumbs up – in gracious return I gave him the best part of twenty half cut bottles to use as mini pollypots to cover some of his more ambitiously planted crops.

I’m looking forward to this summer.  I know we’re supposed to be honeymooning in early July, but I hope some of that time off is going to be spent down the allotment enjoying a BBQ or two…

Before:

before
After:

after
With beans and a few sunflowers

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The pic below shows the new bed dug

new dug bed

And with plants!

new bed with plants

First frog of the year

frog

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REAL ginger beer instructable

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

http://www.instructables.co.uk/id/The-REAL-ginger-beer-recipe/

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!

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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 www.gingerbeerplant.net – 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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