Homemade Ginger Beer
Fresh and fermented ginger have been used for centuries to treat ailments and improve ones overall health. It is in the same family as turmeric and cardamom and originated in Southeast Asia. Although no research has been done on ginger beer specifically it’s known as an effective vehicle for the benefits of ginger. Aiding in digestion, reducing glucose levels, triglyceride, total cholesterol and LDL, acting as an anti-inflammatory, fighting bacterial and fungal infections, has shown positive results in killing cancer cells and being a good source of sodium, probiotics and antioxidants are just a few of the benefits we can see from ingesting ginger.
How I make it-
I grade about two tablespoons of ginger and place it (with its juice) in a saucepan with 1 cup organic raw cane sugar and 1/2 cup filtered water and heat on medium until the sugar has dissolved. Let it cool and steep for about 2 hours then filter the solids out so you are left with the ginger syrup.
I split the syrup and 1/8 tsp brewers yeast equally between two 1L glass bottles with screw on lids, then add 2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice to each and fill with filtered water to within 2 inches from the top of the bottle. I then shake the bottles until the yeast has dissolved and then place them in a dark cool cabinet for 2-3 days. The fermenting process creates a lot of carbon dioxide so remember to unscrew the lids to “burp” the bottles once in the morning and once in the evening to avoid a messy explosion. After the 2-3 day wait your ginger beer will be ready to be placed in the fridge and enjoyed. It will keep well in the fridge for about a week (mine never lasts long enough to test further than that). Please note that although there isn’t a lot of alcohol with this method it is still there. If you have a sensitivity to alcohol you can always add 2-3 tbsp of the ginger syrup to carbonated water, finish with fresh squeezed lemon juice and enjoy it just the same.
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