Making a Probiotic Ginger Beer

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Incorporate probiotic bacterial into ginger-based beverages!  Yum.  

Some simple ingredients, a few items from around the kitchen and within 2-3 weeks you can have your own DIY probiotic ginger beer.
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Step 1: Starting the Ginger Bug

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Place 1 cup of filtered water in a pint jar
Add 2 teaspoons of freshly grated ginger root (skin and all)
Stir in 2 teaspoons of evaporated cane sugar, tighten lid and shake.  

Cover* and Store in a warm place, add 2 teaspoons of cane sugar and ginger root each day.  In 2-7 days, when it starts bubbling, it is active and ready for the next step.  

Use right away for best results.

* I use a coffee filter and rubber-band to cover the pint jar.

Step 2: Making the Ginger Beer

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Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil
Add about 2 inches of ginger root, grated, for a mild flavor (up to 6 inches of ginger for a more intense flavor)
Add 1-1/2 cups of sugar.
Boil the mixture for about 15 minutes.  
Let mixture come to room temperature
When cool strain the ginger out.

Add the juice of two lemons

Add the strained ginger bug

And  now add enough water to make a 1 gallon.  - Ginger beer plant does not tolerate chlorinated water.  Tap water left out overnight or mineral water should be fine. 

Step 3: Bottle your Ginger Beer

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When bottling use sealable bottles.  Screw-top recycled plastic bottles, rubber gasket  style or gallon jug jars can be used.

Transfer from mason jar to sealable bottle using a funnel.  Leave to ferment in a warm place for about two weeks

Refrigerate before opening.  Carbonation. The force is strong.
jrossetti4 years ago
You allow it to ferment in a sealed container? Where did you find those clear swing-top bottles?
Ikea sells them. Also there is a type of French sparkling lemonade that comes in swingtop bottles.
You can buy ceramic swing tops and bottles at most homebrew stores.
Some commercial beer comes in swing-top bottles; you can reuse those. I'm also surprised that this step implies all the fermentation is done in a sealed bottle. Is that right? Usually you ferment in something that isn't sealed, then after 2 weeks or so the fermentation stops, so you add a little more sugar and then seal it to make it ferment a bit more to carbonate it.
I've bought some of those in Ikea
mikeltv13 years ago
Is it okay to use limes instead of lemons? Does it even make a difference?

Also I used a glass gallon jug with a screw top lid. Will it help ferment?
As far as their acid content goes, limes are functionally the same as lemons. It might make a slight difference in taste.
I have a (possibly stupid) question. Is this an alcoholic ginger beer, or is it a soft drink?
Editor_adp4 years ago
I just found a couple of swing-top bottles like these at a store called Tuesday Morning. It's a secong-hand store like Ross, TJ Max, etc. that sells miscellaneous stuff other department stores couldn't sell. So the best part is, they were about $2 each. With shipping the same are about $8 ea on Amazon.
nrwright4 years ago
Am I missing something? Where are the pro-biotic ingredients?
Wouldn't the yeasty fermentation add to the yeastiness of the gut?
I'm not sure I understand.
Yeah, the yeast is naturally found in the skin of the ginger. Not sure if it actually is yeast or a different bacteria, but the effect is the same.
The ginger IS a probiotic. The yeast used in fermentation is from the initial ginger bug, there's no additional yeast added.
Thanks, I was struggling to understand that myself! :-)