Ginger Beer

Recipe by Carol Skilton
READY IN: 312hrs 5mins




  • -------TO GET BUG WORKING-------.
  • Mix the yeast, ground ginger, 2 tspns of sugar and lukewarm water together in a large glass jar.
  • Cover with a cloth (the sort of material that you would use to strain jelly through as the bug needs to breathe).
  • Let stand for 24 hours.
  • After this feed the bug every day for 10 days with 1 tspn of ground ginger and 1 tspn of sugar.
  • ---------TO MAKE THE BEER----------.
  • Put 1 litre of the water and the sugar in a saucpan.
  • Heat gently while stirring until the sugar dissolves.
  • Take off the heat and add the rest of the water and the lemon juice.
  • Without disturbing the sediment, strain the ginger beer bug liquid through 2 layers of scalded muslin.
  • Add this liquid to the sugared water.
  • Pour the mixture into clean bottles, cap tightly and leave to stand for 2 days, or until it starts to fizz.
  • After this, it must be kept in a cool place or the fridge to prevent the tops blowing.
  • I use a sterilizing powder obtained from home brew shops to sterilize my bottles.
  • After making the beer divide the sediment in the jar into two.
  • You now have 2 bugs to feed and can double the beer recipe.
  • As you double the bugs each time you increase the number of bottles you can produce.
  • After all available surfaces are covered with bug jars and you are swamped with beer you can give the extra bugs away to get others on the treadmill.