Recipe for Fiery Ginger Beer

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Recipe for Fiery Ginger Beer

Postby LeithR » Tue Jan 20, 2015 20:36

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This post originally came from The other place a year or so back, hopefully I won't be treading on toes and causing agro.
Please remove it if you think it will.

I can't remember who originally posted this recipe but I've made this GB 5 or 6 times now and I've increased the amount of fruit to 10 of each Oranges,Lemons and Limes. Apart from that my brews have remained faithful to the original. Its a fine recipe to be recommended, it is fiery so beware.

Fiery Ginger Beer 5 gallons

1kg Fresh grated ginger
5tsp Dried ground ginger
1tsp Cream of tartar
6 Oranges
6 lemons
6 limes
2.5kg Sugar
2tsp Yeast nutrient
1 sachet champagne yeast

Really quick and easy (and cheap) to do - ginger was donated so very cheap

First i grated the ginger into a large pan

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Then added the sliced and squeezed lemons and limes, cream of tartar and dried ginger - topped up with boiling water and simmered for 30mins (lovely smell )

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Next i dissolved all the sugar in the ginger liquor and then put everything into the FV and topped up with cold water

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The temp adjusted OG was 1045


Dry pitched the yeast......done


Dependant on what it ferments out to it should be between 6 and 8%

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Re: Recipe for Fiery Ginger Beer

Postby Zod » Tue Jan 20, 2015 20:46

Already bookmarked your earlier post. Sounds and looks great!

How did you strain it? I guess a hop sock will suffice?

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Re: Recipe for Fiery Ginger Beer

Postby LeithR » Tue Jan 20, 2015 21:36

I actually brew it in a bag. Just use the same process as I do for beer without the long mash and boil. I would think a hop sock would work well.

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Re: Recipe for Fiery Ginger Beer

Postby Bad 'Ed » Tue Jan 20, 2015 23:37

Have you ever noticed a residual taste of ginger in your boiler after you've cleaned it? I'm a little worried about that but maybe I should just clean it properly. :)

Does it matter what yeast you use? I imagine not, as you are only really fermenting the sugar down. I'm thinking of using anything I have to hand which flocculates well.

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Re: Recipe for Fiery Ginger Beer

Postby Asalpaws » Tue Jan 20, 2015 23:37

Do you boil it or just top up with water? Could the fruit go in hop socks? Sorry for the questions I've never made any thing that's not beer!
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Re: Recipe for Fiery Ginger Beer

Postby LeithR » Wed Jan 21, 2015 10:25

@Bad 'Ed,
Yes, I have noticed a residual smell of ginger, I think it is down to the oils in the fruit which aid the persistence of the ginger smell. I use a good scrubbing with soap to get rid of it, I've found that works well. I've used Champagne yeast as I had it available and I harvest it for future use, but as you say any good yeast will work fine.

@Asalpaws,
I boil for 30 - 45 mins then transfer to the fermenter and top up to 23L, if necessary I add additional sugar to get my required SG. Yes, I use my BIAB bag, so your hop sock should work ok.

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Re: Recipe for Fiery Ginger Beer

Postby Asalpaws » Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:43

Thanks Leith will give this a go at some point. T
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Re: Recipe for Fiery Ginger Beer

Postby Bad 'Ed » Wed Jan 21, 2015 22:59

I'm going to give this a go this weekend. Just a few questions...

What does the ground ginger do that more fresh ginger wouldn't? Are you trying to get a spicy tinge to the brew without increasing the ginger flavour?
I was going to zest and juice the fruit to add the acid and flavour without adding the bitterness that the pith imparts. Do you think this is unwise? Does the brew need the bitterness?

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Re: Recipe for Fiery Ginger Beer

Postby LeithR » Thu Jan 22, 2015 09:34

@Bad 'Ed,
Ground Ginger - I think its to do with the spicy tinge effect, I haven't experimented with that, just the increased fruits so far.
Agree with your comment about the pith, I've zested the fruit, then pealed and it makes for a mellower brew. Its pretty time consuming so on the last batch I went back to just running the fruit through the food processor.

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Re: Recipe for Fiery Ginger Beer

Postby LloydV » Fri Jan 23, 2015 09:54

Ive been experimenting with a few recipes recently, are you leaving some of the fresh ginger loose in the FV?
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Re: Recipe for Fiery Ginger Beer

Postby LeithR » Fri Jan 23, 2015 09:58

I haven't done that, as I put all the fruit and fermentables into my BIAB bag I just take the lot out at the end of the short mash.

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Re: Recipe for Fiery Ginger Beer

Postby Bad 'Ed » Fri Jan 23, 2015 14:10

When do you think peak conditioning time is? More like pale beers or wine?

I imagine it will last me a long time if I brew 5g so it's a bit of a moot question, but I'm interested to know.

Also, I think I'm just going to put fresh ginger in as I don't have any ground ginger and may as well buy the real thing rather than the powdered backup.

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Re: Recipe for Fiery Ginger Beer

Postby LeithR » Fri Jan 23, 2015 14:49

Yes Ed, it drinks fairly young.

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Re: Recipe for Fiery Ginger Beer

Postby PhatFil » Fri Jan 23, 2015 19:34

adding a level teaspoon of chilli powder to the fv adds a great firery kick, but when i added a tablespoon in error that was TOO much, the resulting beer needed diluting 50/50 with juice to stop your mouth tingling with a sup ;)
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Re: Recipe for Fiery Ginger Beer

Postby Robdob » Mon Feb 09, 2015 20:23

LeithR wrote:@Bad 'Ed,
Ground Ginger - I think its to do with the spicy tinge effect, I haven't experimented with that, just the increased fruits so far.
Agree with your comment about the pith, I've zested the fruit, then pealed and it makes for a mellower brew. Its pretty time consuming so on the last batch I went back to just running the fruit through the food processor.

Good luck with your brew.


I've just bought the ingredients for this. Did you put all the fruit, pith and all in your bag and boil in it for the full 30 mins please?
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Re: Recipe for Fiery Ginger Beer

Postby LeithR » Mon Feb 09, 2015 20:50

@Robdob,
Yes, I put everything into the bag then boiled.

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Re: Recipe for Fiery Ginger Beer

Postby Robdob » Mon Feb 09, 2015 22:27

That's great thanks LeithR, looking forward to this one...
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Re: Recipe for Fiery Ginger Beer

Postby Bad 'Ed » Tue Feb 10, 2015 07:28

I made 12l to 1.040 and pitched 11g of dried yeast. I was expecting it to ferment out really quickly but a week later it was still at 1.020. So I upped the temp to 20 and it'll stay for another week.

I also dunk sparged the grist in more boiling water and made some hot lemon and ginger drink for SWMBO. She enjoyed it so I have high hopes for the actual ginger beer!

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Re: Recipe for Fiery Ginger Beer

Postby Robdob » Mon Feb 23, 2015 20:26

Think I over diluted mine! Got 23ltrs of mildly ginger bitter water.. Destined for the drain!
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Re: Recipe for Fiery Ginger Beer

Postby Bad 'Ed » Tue Feb 24, 2015 00:38

Mine was also more bitter than I expected. Perhaps I boiled for too long; I definitely didn't zest the fruit - I put the whole lot in.

I also think mine is not gingery enough and too much alcohol (it was 1.040 OG and 0.994 FG) although I imagine these flavours will meld together better as it conditions. It has only just been bottled so I'll report back in another month.

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Re: Recipe for Fiery Ginger Beer

Postby Robdob » Tue Feb 24, 2015 01:00

Just checked my brew book notes, like you Bad Ed, I didn't zest, whole lot got chopped and boiled for 30 mins. My OG was 1.052 and finished at 1.000,so strong like yours. Perhaps I'll leave it then and see if it improves. Mines not very fruity though.
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Re: Recipe for Fiery Ginger Beer

Postby Bad 'Ed » Tue Feb 24, 2015 13:40

Mine's pretty fruity. I think did 3 lemons, 3 limes and two oranges in a 12l batch.

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Re: Recipe for Fiery Ginger Beer

Postby Robdob » Tue Feb 24, 2015 18:15

Bad 'Ed wrote:Mine's pretty fruity. I think did 3 lemons, 3 limes and two oranges in a 12l batch.


That'll be it then,I did 3 of each fruit and 24 ltrs. Opened a bottle earlier while I was brewing a Properjob clone, added some orange cordial too it, tasted ok but not gingery enough and very strong......my head said :shock:
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Re: Recipe for Fiery Ginger Beer

Postby Bad 'Ed » Mon Apr 06, 2015 06:34

I've had another one of this again tonight after being in the bottle a bit longer.

It's not fizzy enough which is annoying. But other than that the overriding flavour I'm getting is the bitterness from boiling the pith of the fruit too long. Next time I'm going for more ginger, possibly less fruit and definitely juicing or zesting the fruit. Also probably less alcohol.

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Re: Recipe for Fiery Ginger Beer

Postby Bad 'Ed » Sun Jul 05, 2015 17:23

I had another of my ginger beers today; another three months in the bottle and it's actually turned into a pretty decent drink. The bitterness and fruit have mellowed, the ginger has become much more prevalent and the alcohol taste has disappeared.

I will definitely do this again (avoiding adding the pith this time) and hopefully it will take less time to mature into a nice tipple.

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