LearningHerbs.com Ginger Ale Recipe
Ginger Ale Homemade Recipes
There are two types of ginger ale recipes, those with yeast to produce carbonation, and those with added carbonated water. The Ginger Ale Authority has homemade ginger ale recipes for both of course.
2 to 3 ounces of fresh ginger root (depending on how strong you like it. You can even add more ginger to this ginger ale recipe)
– 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
– 3 tablespoons of orange juice
– 3⁄4 cup of sugar (nice to blend white with natural cane sugar if you have it)
– 4 1/2 quarts of water
– Some yeast from the supermarket. Bread yeast will work, but if you happen to have a homebrew store around, get a small packet of ale yeast. It’s cheap.
– Bottles: see below. This recipe will make 8, 16 ounce bottles.
What to do for this ginger ale recipe…
1. Chop up the ginger root
2. Simmer the ginger, juices, and sugars in 1 ½ quart of water for 30 mintues to an hour. The longer you leave it simmer, the stronger it will be.
3. Remove it from heat and strain it out through a kitchen strainer. Compost the plant material.
4. Mix the brew with the other 3 quarts of water.
5. Let it all cool till it’s lukewarm.
6. On the side in a small jar, stir in 1/8 teaspoon of yeast in with 1⁄4 warm water (not hot!)
7. After 15 minutes, add the yeast solution to your lukewarm brew.
8. Let the brew sit for 10 minutes.
9. Bottle it up!
Bottling your ginger ale recipe:
I have a case of those bail top beer bottles I got at the home brew store. You can also recycle Grolsch bottles, which are that type.
BUT you can make it easier. Just use empty plastic soda bottles.
In any case, make sure you CLEAN your bottles. Either boil them for 10 minutes if they are glass or use a really light bleach solution and rinse thoroughly if plastic (works for glass too.) For the solution, put 2 tablespoons of bleach in a gallon of water. Clean out bottles inside and out, rinse and air dry.
Here’s how to use plastic bottles:
1. Pour in the brew and twist the caps on tight.
2. Squeeze the bottles and notice how they give.
3. Every few hours, squeeze them and see how they are giving. They will get harder to squeeze. When they no longer give any more, put them in the fridge.
4. Drink cold and enjoy!
If you used glass bottles, put them in the fridge after a day. Maybe less if it’s hot out. More if it’s cold out. Try opening one. If you get a good “pop” with some fizz when you pour, you’re all done! Refrigerate and drink!