Ginger Beer PlantFrom astrochef 6 years ago
- 25g (1 oz) fresh yeast or 15g (½ oz) of dried yeast shopping list
- 1 kg (2¼ lb) sugar shopping list
- 40ml (8 tsp) ground ginger shopping list
- juice of 2 lemons shopping list
- water shopping list
- Square of muslin shopping list
- 9 x 1 pint, or 5 x 2 pint cork topped bottles (Now I would use proper beer bottles available at all good home brew shops)) shopping list
How to make it
- 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!
- MAKING MORE GINGER BEER
- 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.
The Cookastrochef London, GB
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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...morequaziefly in ALL POINTS loved it
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 r...morebrianna in loved it
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.trev in Bogangar loved it