How to make it

  • Method:
  • For making the ginger beer we used a glass sweetie jar borrowed from the corner shop if you can find one it would be ideal, up in Lancashire Ozzie mills sells this type of jar, full of sweets. It is best kept in a cool dark place, we used a shelf of the kitchen cupboards.
  • Put the yeast into a large clean jar, pour in 275 ml (10 fl oz) tepid, (blood temperature) warm water, stir in 2 teaspoons of sugar and 2 teaspoons of ground ginger.
  • Cover and leave in a warm place for 24 hours, you have just made your starter plant, over the next week you just 'feed' it till it is ready to bottle.
  • Feeding The Plant
  • Feed the plant with 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1 teaspoon of ground ginger, every day for the next 6 days. Make sure to stir and cover the jar each time.
  • After you have fed it on the 6th day, cover the plant and leave it for 24 hours.
  • After that, line a sieve with the muslin, (I remember using a tea towel) then strain the contents of the jar, reserving both the liquid and the sediment.
  • In a saucepan over gentle heat, dissolve 2 ponds of sugar) 1 pint of water. Stir constantly until the sugar has dissolved then bring to the boil and boil for 3 minutes.
  • Allow to cool until almost cold, then pour the syrup into a large bowl and stir in the lemon juice and liquid from the plant.
  • Dilute this liquid with 6 pints of water, stir well and pour into clean, and sterilised bottles. Put a cork in each one and store somewhere preferably cool and dark for at least one week.
  • Then drink and enjoy, don't be tempted to save it as there will be a new batch coming along next week!
  • Wash out the large jar and the muslin, add half of the saved sediment, then continue from Feeding The Plant. Do as we all used to do pass the other half of the sediment to a friend with instructions as to how to proceed.

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  • RobH 11 years ago
    Hi, made the first batch and it's good. How would I increase the ginger flavour? More ginger to the plant? More of the plant into the batch? Or some other way?

    Thanks for your help

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    France ate it and said...
    I have recently tryed this recipe and its very nice ! the only problem is when I open it it just keeps frothing out so end up with half a bottle !! I now open over a bowl . HELP PLEASE
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  • SamHoward 12 years ago
    I remember having a ginger beer plant when I was a child and having exploding bottles. I thought I'd have a go at it again and I bottled my first plant on Wednesday, it started exploding on Friday. I bottled the second plant on Thursday so I am now sitting and waiting for the explosions to start. How can I avoid this problem again as I don't want to be clearing puddles up in the cupboard. I used glass bottle and plastic corks - any tips please?
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    trev ate it and said...
    Yep,that's how I remember it and how nice was the ginger beer?!!! You've got me thinking that I should be getting into this. For us, it's coming onto that time of the year. Thanks for sharing this glorious old time faithful recipe.
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  • astrochef 13 years ago
    Thank You for all your kind comments they really do mean a lot to me as I just love to share my recipes and can't wait for everyone to let me know what they think.
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    brianna ate it and said...
    I just have to try this out. I love Ginger Beer. I can remember drinking it all the time when I still lived in England & you're right, it seems to have gone by the wayside. I have never made it so this should be fun. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, I can't wait to try it. 5 forks
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    quaziefly ate it and said...
    Great recipe. Making your own drinks and dishes from scratch has almost become a lost art. But there is a gradual come back on doing things the old way due to our current economical difficulties. I personaly appreciate you sharing this recipe with us. It is filed in my system. You have my Five + on this one!
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