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similar to a few recipes posted on here but with less sugar and more ginger! this recipe has a very slight amount of alcohol in it. cooking time is the time it takes to ferment. adapted from http://www.foodiewithfamily.com/blog/2009/05/08/papas-homemade-hooch-the-worlds-best-and-easiest-homemade-ginger-ale/
- Fit the top of a clean, dry, empty 2-liter soda bottle with a funnel. Pour the sugar and yeast into the bottle. Swirl gently to distribute the yeast through the sugar. Leave the funnel in the bottle and set aside.
- Combine the citrus juice and the grated gingerroot in a measuring cup and swirl to mix. Pour through the funnel into the bottle. There may be some ginger and citrus pulp left in the funnel and measuring cup. That is okay! To rinse the additional pulp out of the measuring cup and into the bottle add clean drinking water to the measuring cup and swirl. Pour this through the funnel. That should have cleaned out the measuring cup and the funnel. Remove the funnel and screw the cap on tightly. Shake the bottle vigorously to mix. Remove the cap and fill the bottle to within an inch of the top (that should be just about where the bottle starts to narrow at the neck), cap tightly and invert repeatedly to dissolve sugar. Use your thumb to press in the side of the bottle and take note of how far it gives under the pressure.
- Place bottle in a warm (but not hot) place for about 24-48 hours, or until the bottle is very firm. When the bottle does not yield to firm pressure it is time to refrigerate! Do not leave the bottle out for more than 48 hours as you run the risk of it bursting after that point. Chill completely, preferably overnight, slowly open the bottle, and pour over ice. If you find pulp and small bits of ginger objectionable, strain the soda over your ice.
- Rinse the bottle out with water immediately after pouring your last glass if you plan to reuse it for your next batch otherwise it will be impossible to clean out.
I've made it twice so far and have varied the yeast ratio. The first batch had too much yeast and had fermented a bit and while I thought it was tasty, the gang here decried the yeasty flavor. Round two less yeast and made the first half cup of water warm to "excite" the yeast and it turned out amazing. Can't wait to spring it on the rest of my family. Thanks!