17 September 2013

Step-by-Step Ginger Beer Plant

A couple of weeks ago I gave you an almost instant ginger beer recipe (did you try it?). This week I'm sharing my 'go to' recipe, the one I've used for so many years I know it off by heart. I copied it straight of my mother's recipe book years ago, just after we were married. I start a ginger beer plant each spring and keep it going until around Easter so we always have a good supply of our favourite summer drink.

It's made from a ginger beer plant, a starter that you feed for a week, then divide. You use half to make your ginger beer and the other half to start a new plant to make your next batch.

Ginger Beer Plant

4 tsp sugar
2 cups cold water
2 tsp ground ginger
juice of 2 lemons
1 tsp of lemon pulp
8 sultanas

To start the plant:
Mix the above and put in a screw top jar for 3 days with the lid on.

After 3  days feed the plant by adding 1 teaspoon sugar and 1 teaspoon ginger on alternate days, for 6 days. Remember to put the lid back on after each feeding. Make up on 7th day.

I'll go over how to make up the ginger beer so you can drink it next week, when the plant will be ready to divide.

Sorry folks, it seems a few of you are confused by the idea of a ginger beer plant.

Start your plant and feed it as per the instructions above. On day 7, the 7th day, it is ready to be made into ginger beer and I'll give you those instructions in a step-by-step format next week.

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