Homemade Ginger Beer





Introduction: Homemade Ginger Beer

About: hi im woody the 2nd

There is nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than a home-made ginger beer.So gather the ingredients and let your imagination (and this recipe) bring you into a world of fun, food, and science.

Step 1: Step 1: Ingredients




3 days


5 mins


Ginger syrup ingreidents

  • 1 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons grated fresh ginger or 3 Tablespoons dried ginger

Ginger beer ingreidents

  • 1/8 tsp active dry yeast
  • Ginger syrup
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 7 Cups drinking water

Step 2: Step 2: Making the Ginger Syrup

  1. Place 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water and 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger root (use 3 tablespoons if using dried ginger) in a sauce pan on medium-high heat until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Let steep for 1 hour (2 hours if using dried ginger)
  3. You've now made ginger syrup. Stop right here if you don't want to bother with fermentation; and pour 2 tablespoons ginger syrup over ice in an 8 ounce glass, and fill rest way up with club soda/seltzer water.
  4. But if you want to be able to say you made ginger beer completely yourself...than stick with me.
  5. If your gonna stick with me than put your ginger syrup in a clean jar and store in fridge until ready to start fermenting.

Step 3: Starting Fermenting

  1. Place funnel in 2 liter bottle and put in 1/8 teaspoons active dry yeast, *ginger syrup, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, and 7 cups warm water.
  2. put lid on bottle and shake concoction :) until all yeast is dissolved and syrup thoroughly mixed in.
  3. Place bottle out of direct sunlight for 2-3 days or until reached desired fizz. Note: at least once or twice a day check on it and open the bottle to let air out so as not to let it explode.
  4. When fizz amount is reached (2-3 days) put bottle in fridge; this will stop the fermentation process.

*ginger syrup was made in step 2

Step 4: ENJOY !

  1. Serve over ice with a lemon slice on the side for extra flavor and looks.
  2. ENJOY! (yes that is one of the steps; if this step is not completed the recipe will have been a failure :)
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    22 Discussions

    WHat does "if your gonna stick with me than put your ginger syrup in a clean jar and store in fridge until ready to start fermenting." mean?

    This looks tasty as bro! I have made a very similar recipe long long ago as a teenager.

    I think I know what I'm going to be making this weekend. Cheers mate =)

    2 replies

    Thanks :) glad it brrigns back memories...hopefully happy ones XD

    And by the way...I LOVE YOU COFFEE, AND KALE SMOOTHIE RECIPES !!! THEY ARE FABULOUS ! (I have a small garden with an abundance of kale...not any more !!!) Thank you so much for your kale tips as well !

    Dang, I got so busy over the weekend I totally forgot to get my home made ginger beer cranking.

    Thanks for checking out my other instructables. Glad to hear you like the content. =)

    Home grown produce is the best. I love gardening and growing food to eat.

    Keep those instructables coming =)

    Just to be clear, this is not an alcoholic drink, right? The yeast is just to make the water fizzy, yes? I love ginger drinks and want to try this!

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    as stated below - yeast plus sugar plus fermentation = alcohol - but pretty low concentration I would guess

    Yes. Thanks so much for your reply.

    First off, this looks great. I will be doing this for the summer. But one thing I think is incorrect. You stated that this is a "non-alcoholic" version. I do a lot of beer/wine brewing and if you are using yeast with some sort of sugar to ferment then you are creating alcohol. There are 2 byproducts of yeast fermentation. 1) CO2 and 2) alcohol. So this might have a small amount of alcohol there is some in it. So keep this in mind when making it.

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    ...Thank you! I am so glad people are going to try this out!

    If you are a total pro...then I will definitely change that...my understanding is that since it only ferments for a little while, its not necessarily an alcoholic drink...But I guess I'm wrong ! (there's always a time to learn new things :)

    Nice instructions. I made ginger beer from a similar recipe last week and after two days it had got fizzy enough. I measured the alcohol in it and it was 1.4% abv. Not a lot of alcohol. Fine in small doses for kids. I bottled and pasteurised the kids' ginger beer because if you just let off the CO2, it will keep making alcohol until all the sugar is converted. I'm making a fully fermented version which should end up being about 6% abv. Putting it in the fridge will slow the fermentation but won't stop it completely.

    I'm assuming that the pasteurization process kills off further fermentation? If it's not too complicated for a comment, how do you pasturize it without losing the CO2?

    No, you're not wrong. While it technically contains trace amounts of alcohol, it is likely below the legal maximum that constitutes a non-alcoholic beverage.

    Looks great. I can't wait to make some for myself. Shouldn't it ferment longer, though ?


    3 months ago

    I'm going to have to do the math to scale this up for a full 23L brew. Was looking for the math of this. Cheers. ( I will small scale test the recipe before I try large batch but I will let you know)

    great recipe, I used to make this all the time with a bit more ginger. Gives more power to a Moskow mule, hmmmmmm!

    If anyones made this yet feel free to add pictures !

    You have my vote to the Science of Cooking contest!! I´m a barman amateur, I going to make this the next weekend!! Good luck and thx!!

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    Wow that sounds great ! hope you enjoy the recipe ! (f.y.i. i'm also entered in pro tips :)

    And if yall like this than please vote for me in the contests

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