Ginger beer

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Ginger beer

Ingredients

  • 10 g beer yeast
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger or 1 teaspoon grounded
  • 1 lt water
  • 200 g white sugar
  • juice of half lemon

This refreshing drink with its Corfu roots, I discovered it by searching for an alternative beverage for children.
It is not, of course, suitable for our diabetic friends as much as for celiacs.
Unfortunately, it has enough sugar and can not be prepared (at least its original version) in another way, as contained yeast needs sugar to be able to produce carbon dioxide.

This version of ginger beer is more refreshing than Corfu’s classic sparkling recipe.

Method

Dissolve the sugar in 250 g water.
If it does not dissolve easily, you can warm it a little, but in this case you will let it cool completely.
Grate the ginger on the fine part of the grater.
If I use grounded then the process is a bit shorter.
Personally I prefer fresh because it gives more tension to the taste.

In a 1.5 liter plastic bottle, with a funnel, add the mixture with water and sugar, yeast, lemon and the rest of the water and close it.
Do not put more water in the bottle.
You must leave at least four fingers vacancy.
This is because our mixture will begin to produce carbon dioxide fermentation that will need room to grow and not burst our bottle.

There are two different techniques we can follow from now on.

  • The first (which I suggest) recommends that the mixture be left at room temperature for at least 48 hours, opening the bottle intermittently very slowly to leave the produced carbon dioxide out.
    After this time and after opening the spout once more, close it and put it in the refrigerator.
    It must stay there for at least 48 hours until we consume it.
  • The second technique recommends for the first 24 hours to leave the bottle sealed and after the first day to make a small hole in the bottle to leave the carbon dioxide out from there (I have not tried it).
    And here we want another 24 hours outside of the refrigerator.
    After the second day we place it in the refrigerator for at least two days and then consume it.

Personally, I’ve only tried the first because I find it more safe to unpack the bottle several times as long as fermentation lasts.

The result of whatever it is will surprise you.

It is one of the most refreshing soft drinks you’ve ever tasted.
Try serving it with a few ice cubes and a slice of lemon in each glass.
It is worth it and will definitely reward you with its freshness.

Nutritional information per 100 g
Energy / calories: 64.28 kcal
Proteins: 0.3 g
Carbohydrates: 16.7 g
Fat: — g

 

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