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Alcoholic Ginger Beer Experiment

Posted on: September 25, 2011

Something a little different today and almost all made up with a little reference to a recipe I found online, could taste pants, but hopefully it will be a hot ‘n spicy 4.4%-ish Ginger Ale.

The Ingredients & recipe go something like this:

  • Approx 21-23 Litres of hot liquor from the HLT
  • 1.4Kg Ginger root, finely sliced
  • 6 Lemons, finely sliced
  • 1 Lime, finely sliced
  • 1.5Kg Caramalt, steeped in Mash Tun then all hot liquor Sparged through it
  • 1.25Kg White Sugar
  • 250g Soft Dark Brown Sugar
  • 150g Demerara Sugar
  • 40g Ground Ginger followed by 4 Heaped Tsp of the same
  • 1/2 Tsp very hot Indian Chilli powder
  • 3/4-1 Tsp Cream of Tartar
  • Yeast Safale s-04

Put all the ingredients in a very large pan, bring to the boil and simmer for 20-30mins, followed by chilling down with the Immersion Cooler and running off to the FV.
I tweaked the OG to 1038 (the ingredient sugars reflect this) and also the extra Teaspoons of Ground Ginger & Chilli Powder were added near the end to adjust the spice / heat level. If the yeast ferments down to dryness it will be a 5.4% Ginger Ale 🙂

Most of the Ingredients:
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Caramalt which I steeped then sparged thru to get my liquid volume in the large pan:
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Lemons & Limes all sliced up:
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All the Ginger chopped up:
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The Steeping Caramalt:
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Sparging:
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Fruit Salad anyone?:
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Quite an easy couple of hours this morning, time will tell what it turns out like 🙂

*Bottled 22nd Oct ’11 with 80g Demarara Sugar, fermented right down to 1000! so its dry, tastes a bit pants so I hope some carbonation lifts it, Needs sweetness!!!!

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5 Responses to "Alcoholic Ginger Beer Experiment"

I’ll be interested to see how it turns out. Nice idea using caramalt for sweetness, I was thinking of doing the same with a fruit beer I’m planning for the mrs.

Caramalt is an idea stolen from GarySmiff from JBK. “FIRE-SMIFF” I think its mentioned in.

Did you listen the the brewing network Sunday session this week? They did a segment on ginger beer! Very similar to your recipe!

didn’t catch it, I never find time for Music or podcasts these days, I need to get a computer and speakers in the garage for brewdays 🙂

I don’t think I’ve ever seen that much ginger in one place bar the supermarket. Will keep an eye on this one. Good luck.

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