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ALCOHOLIC GINGER BEER

ALCOHOLIC GINGER BEER

Brewing Instructions

 

Using a Starter:

It is recommended (though not essential) to use a Starter with this Ginger Beer kit. 

A Starter ensures the yeast is healthy and fermentation commences quickly.

 

Step 1:  (Optional)

  • Combine 1 teaspoon of dry ingredient, 1 teaspoon of sugar and ½ cup of tepid water in a small sanitised* container.
  • Mix well and stir in contents of Yeast sachet.
  • Cover with a clean cloth and leave at room temperature until a frothy head develops. (This may take up to 24 hours)

 

Step 2:

  • Place all/remainder of dry ingredients and liquid ginger essence in sanitised* fermenter with 1kg of sugar.
  • Add 1 litre of hot water to dissolve ingredients and stir well.
  • Fill fermenter to 22.5 litres with cold water.

 

Step 3:

  • When temperature is between 22°C and 27°C, add yeast or yeast starter (including sediment) and stir vigorously. Seal fermenter and fit airlock.

 

Step 4:

  • When bubbling stops, test brew with a hydrometer. When hydrometer reading is stable over 2 days, between 1.010 and 1.005, the Ginger Beer is ready to bottle.

 

Step 5:

  • Prime your sanitised* 750ml bottles with ½ teaspoon of sugar.
  • Stir fermenter gently with a sanitised spoon to mix ginger sediment into liquid, and then fill bottles. Keep stirring occasionally while bottling.

(NOTE: If hydrometer reading is below 1.005, use 1 teaspoon of sugar per bottle)

 

Step 6:

  • Seal bottles with sanitised* caps and leave for 3 weeks before drinking.

 

* - Do not use Sodium Metabisulphite with Ginger Beer.  For sanitisation, use Brew San.

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