Ginger Beer

Ginger beer is the original form of the non-alcoholic soda currently known as ginger ale. The nutritive qualities of ginger are well-known throughout indigenous cultures of the world.


  • 1 gallon water

  • 1 ounce ginger root

  • 1 pound sugar

  • 2 ounces lemon juice

  • yeast

  • isinglass


  1. Mix all of the ingredients and boil for 1 hour. Skim if necessary.

  2. Cool the mixture to 70F then strain it into a fermenter and pitch the yeast.

  3. Ferment for 1 week then rack to a secondary and continue fermentation until complete.

  4. Prime, bottle and allow to condition for 1 month before drinking.

Alternate Recipe:


  • 5 gallons water

  • 2 ounces ginger

  • 3 pounds malt extract

  • 6 cups white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar

  • yeast and nutrient


  1. Crush the ginger and boil it in 1 gallon of water for 1 hour.

  2. Add the malt extract, sugar and cream of tartar and stir until dissolved.

  3. Cool the mixture to 70F.

  4. Strain into a fermenter, pitch the yeast and yeast nutrient and ferment for 1 week.

  5. Prime, bottle and allow to condition for 3 weeks before drinking.

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