24 September 2013

Step-by-Step to Making Up Ginger Beer Part 2

Your ginger beer plant is ready to divide and use to make up your drink.

You will need:
2-1/2 cups sugar
3 cups boiling water
Juice of 3 lemons
Strained liquid from the ginger beer plant
3-1/2 litres cold water
Clean plastic or glass bottles and caps - 2 x 2 litre bottles, 5 x 600ml bottles*

Step 1. Dissolve the 2-1/2 cups sugar in the boiling water. Add the juice of the lemons and the liquid from the ginger beer plant. Add the cold water and stir thoroughly.

Step 2. Pour into the cleaned bottles and cap tightly. Leave in a cool, dark cupboard for two weeks to brew before using.

You will know the ginger beer is ready to drink when you can't push the sides of the bottle in (if it's plastic) or you can see little tiny bubbles forming on the sides (if it's in a  glass bottle). Chill to serve.

Step 3. Take the ginger beer plant and halve it. Put one half in the cleaned jar. Add 1 cup of cold water, 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1 teaspoon of ground ginger. Feed every second day. The plant will be ready to divide and make up on the 7th day.

What to do with the remaining half a plant: you can share it with a friend or neighbour, or you can run two plants simultaneously to increase the amount of drink you are able to produce each week. Or add it to the compost.

*Bottles: you can use soft drink bottles and caps as long as they are well washed in hot soapy water and rinsed in very hot water. Alternatively you can buy bottles and caps from discount department stores in the home brewing department (and they can be re-used over and over as long as they are properly cleaned). If you know anyone who drinks beer in bottles ask them to save the bottles for you. You can buy new caps for them from Big W or Kmart or a home brew store.

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