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Old 02-01-2010, 05:41 PM   #1
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I`ve been wanting to get some alcoholic ginger beer on for a while - so as i was at a loose end today i brewed this (recipe from a previous forum thread with a few tweaks )

Fiery Ginger Beer 5 gallons

1kg Fresh grated ginger
5tsp Dried ground ginger
1tsp Cream of tartar
2 lemons
2 limes
2.5kg Sugar
2tsp Yeast nutrient
1 sachet champagne yeast

Really quick and easy (and cheap) to do - ginger was donated so very cheap

First i grated the ginger into a large pan



Then added the sliced and squeezed lemons and limes, cream of tartar and dried ginger - topped up with boiling water and simmered for 30mins (lovely smell )



Next i dissolved all the sugar in the ginger liquor and then put everything into the FV and topped up with cold water



The temp adjusted OG was 1045





Dry pitched the yeast......done




Dependant on what it ferments out to it should be between 6 and 8%
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Old 02-01-2010, 05:44 PM   #2
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Meant to ask if any one had done simular before?
If they have what was your FG? Also any ideas what the cream of tartar does?

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got the stuff gotta have a go at this. got shedloads of bottles just ready to take this on.
Wish me luck .... im going in.
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Hope it goes well Frisp mine`s still fizzing and bubbling away - hydro reading was around 1015 a couple of days ago so slowly getting there as the temp in the kitchen is fairly low!! I give it a couple good stirs a day and will strain it into a fresh FV a day or two before i bottle it up - i brew my AG beer in the garden and its a bit cold out there at the moment so looking at brewing some different stuff to stock up on !! (Have around 90pints of AG brew bottled ) (and loads of wine)

After i bottle the ginger beer i want to try an alcoholic lemonade
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Tonight i strained the ginger beer into a clean FV - just to remove all the debris ready for bottling tommorrow!
Hydro reading is 0994 so is around 7% - will be ready to drink pretty quick after bottling i think
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Well she is on.
I cooked her pretty much as per the recipe. I only used 2.3 Kg of sugar keeping 200g ish back for priming the bottles.
I got 1.040 (adjusted) at 25L which should give me something with slightly less potency. I would like 5% ish
It does smell lovely when cooking. Oh and its a piece of piss to make,

This has got to be the summer barbie drink,, you know the one that turns your unsuspecting mates into blubbering wrecks.....
Whats the Mocow Mule recipe.
2 fingers of vodka on crushed ice, a dash of lime topped up with fiery ginger beer.
Hold onto yer brain its going interseller.
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Bottled up last night - 39pints in total The FG was 0992 - so its fermented right out, my OG was 1045 so looking at just over 7 %

Will leave for a few days and when i see yeast deposit i will do a taster - i suppose i`m just waiting for the priming sugar to ferment to fizz my brew up ( i used a good teaspoon of caster sugar for maximum fizz!!) as it won`t really need any conditioning i suppose.

Frisp if yours ferments as low as mine it`ll be a little over the 5% you wanted

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Did you need to add any sweetener to your ginger beer ?. I had a go at this but it came out very dry, so I added a little splenda and it was fine. Super fizzzy stuff, I guess thats the champagne yeast.
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yeah it will be dry - did you add your splenda in the bottle? I don`t mind it dry and i quite like the idea of using it as a mixer for vodka or gin - could add alittle sugar when serving i suppose, but mixed with spirits i shouldn`t think anyone would care or notice after one!!!
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Looking really good Rick! Send a bottle over here asap! Cant wait to hear how it tastes, fancy a go at this one!
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