Mandy on Navarra got this idea / recipe from Heather on
Flashdance II and frequently served us this delicious drink whenever
we were aboard. We loved it and started making our own in St.
Lucia. It's a great substitute for buying soft drinks.
Not quite as sweet, great taste, cheap to make, mixes well with alcohol,
and is just a real hit with guests. We drink a bottle a day or
so now on average. The recipe below is based largely on
Heather's original recipe, but we do a few things differently.
is what you need to
make a 20 liter (5 gallon) batch:
liter / 5 gallon container (best if translucent plastic with large
grams bruised fresh ginger (two to three handfuls)
liters of water (almost 5 gallons)
handful of raisons
kgs (about 4.4 pounds) of sugar
package yeast and or bottle of ginger beer
you make it:
Boil two liters (about 10 cups) of water. Peel the ginger, cut
into about 1 cm cubes, and smush with a garlic press or mash with a
mallet collecting all ginger bits and juice together. Dump
ginger in boiling water and boil together for about 20 minutes.
Turn down heat to very low and stir in sugar dissolving
completely. The originally recipe called for about 25% more
sugar. If you like it sweeter, add a bit more. We
actually usually make it even less sweet and add only about four
pounds of sugar. Either white or brown sugar works. We
have been using brownish cane sugar from the Islands which has
worked nicely and gives the beer a nice amber color.
Pour the mixture into the 20 liter / 5 gallon container. Add
handful of raisons, and 15 grams (2-3 tsp) of tartaric acid (citric
acid is a possible substitute - tartaric acid can be hard to come by
- we got ours from a beer making supply store in the US), add the
juice of 2-4 lemons (depending on how tart you like it) and a large
bottle of ginger beer from the last batch (or from somebody else
with this recipe) as starter. If you don't have any, use a
packet of bakers yeast.
Shake the jug well.
Leave the jug until the raisins have risen to the top and small
bubbles are visible. About 2 to 7 days.
Strain or siphon the beer out of the large container into plastic
bottles that are built for carbonated drinks (plastic coke bottles,
fizzy water etc - regular water bottles will blow within a few
Ready to drink within about 24 hours! Drink them all within
3-4 weeks or the bottles will explode.
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