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Refreshing Non-Alcoholic Ginger Beer

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"In the summer this is a good non-alcoholic thirst quencher for young and old. It may stir a few memories for those of us who grew up in New Zealand with home-brewed ginger beer in the garden shed and got their kicks out of the excitement and danger of opening a bottle left a little too times have changed! It will get fizzier with age, so take care opening it."
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14 d 40 m servings 181 cals
Original recipe yields 16 servings

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  1. Combine 1 1/2 cups plus 2 1/2 tablespoons water, 2 teaspoons sugar, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, and 1 3/4 plus 1/8 teaspoons yeast in a container. Mix together to make the bug. Cover loosely and let stand in a warm place for 24 hours.
  2. "Feed" the bug daily for 7 days by adding 1 teaspoon sugar and 1 teaspoon ground ginger.
  3. Strain the bug through muslin cloth, pouring the liquid into a separate large container.
  4. Mix the strained liquid with 3 quarts cold water. Add lemon juice to the brew.
  5. Dissolve 3 1/4 cups plus 2 1/4 tablespoons sugar in boiling water; add to the brew. Mix in grated ginger. Bottle the ginger beer. Let stand until fizzy, at least 1 week. Refrigerate before drinking.


  • Cooks' Notes:
  • Brewer's yeast is available from home brewing stores. Don't use bread yeast with added dough enhancers.
  • If you want to keep the bug going for further brews, halve the solid, add 1 1/2 cups plus 2 1/2 tablespoons (400 ml) water and start again. Keep the bug loosely covered in a warm place.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 181 calories; 0.1 g fat; 47.1 g carbohydrates; 0.4 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 9 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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