Tudor Recipe for Ginger Beer

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This is a family recipe supposedly going back in a straight line at least to the Tudors (I'm English). The ingredients and method make it possible - even probable. It goes back at least 5 generations to my certain knowledge.

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Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
14 days
Total Time:
14 days 30 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
1 gallon approximately

Ingredients

  • 1 (0.6 ounce) cake compressed fresh yeast

  • 2 teaspoons castor sugar or superfine sugar

  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger

  • 2 cups cold water

  • 7 teaspoons castor sugar or superfine sugar, divided

  • 7 teaspoons ground ginger, divided

  • 3 ¾ cups white sugar

  • 5 cups boiling water

  • 12 ½ cups cold water

  • ½ cup strained fresh lemon juice

Directions

  1. In a sterile 2 quart jar, blend together the yeast, 2 teaspoons of castor sugar, and 2 teaspoons of ground ginger. Stir in the cold water until well blended. Cover with a clean cheesecloth, and let sit in a convenient corner at room temperature where it will be out of the way for the next seven days.nn

  2. Every morning for the next seven days, feed the yeast mixture by stirring in 1 teaspoon of castor sugar, and 1 teaspoon of ground ginger.nn

  3. On the eighth day, give the mixture a good stir, then strain it through a clean tea towel into a large new plastic bucket, bin, or glass carbuoy. Wring all of the liquid out of the cloth, and set aside. You will be dealing with this later.nn

  4. Dissolve the white sugar in 5 cups of boiling water by stirring vigorously. Pour the cold water into the bucket with the ginger juice, then stir in the sugar syrup and lemon juice.nn

  5. Siphon the mixture into sterile screw top bottles, filling to within 2 inches of the top. Old cleaned out soda bottles will do. Screw on the tops tightly. Store the bottles of ginger beer in a cool dark place where they can remain undisturbed for 7 days. Be very careful upon opening as the beer is very fizzy.nn

  6. Go back to the cloth now. The residue looks disgusting! However, lay the towel out flat with the disgusting side up. Use a knife to scrape the stuff to the center, then divide in half, and place each half into a separate sterile jar. Top each jar with 2 cups of cold water, and you are ready to go again. Twice! Begin with step 2 for subsequent batches. Unless you are very thirsty, I suggest you give one of them away.nn

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

197 Calories
0g Fat
51g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 197
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 18%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 49g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 2mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 30mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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