Although I’ve been talking about making wine at home for years on GoodByeCityLife, a good brew at home beer is relatively new to me. Making wine has always resided in the Country Cooking section of this website, but brewing beer seems more of a fun hobby so you’ll find all future articles on the topic of beer, right here.
Since nearly every ‘country’ thing I’ve done since moving here has involved or required the enlistment of my daughter, this first article introduces our first foray into making beer and its ‘kid friendly’!
The reason why this recipe is kid friendly is because it is non-alcoholic. Its ginger beer and everyone in your family will not only love drinking it, they’ll have fun making it together.
Now ginger beer is not real brew at home beer in the truest sense but it can be mixed with beer for a delicious Shanti (I’m not entirely certain that’s the correct phrase my Scottish mother used – if you know the correct term for beer-ginger all mix, please leave me a comment below).
Let’s Make Ginger Beer: Brew At Home
It is wise to have the procedures, tools and ingredients for your ginger beer all ready to go ahead of time and if you make this a ‘craft’ or science lesson for home schoolers. Because the steps for making ginger beer are fast, easy and harmless, your children will have a ball following this very simple recipe. Plus if they drink it all it is easy enough to whip up another batch.
You can find the ingredients at any grocery store. Supplies to have on hand are eight plastic bottles that will hold a pint and 4 bottles that will hold a quart and some bowls to mix the ginger beer up with.
- Ginger – you can get it fresh at larger grocery stores. Two ounces is enough.
- Cream of tartar – about one teaspoon.
- Two lemons sliced.
- A pound of sugar.
- An ounce of yeast.
- One gallon of boiled water.
- Boil the water.
- Crush the ginger.
- Cut the lemons in big sized rings and combine them in a big bowl with the other ingredients.
- Mix all ingredients except the yeast together and chill the mixture to room temperature.
- Add the yeast.
- Put the mixture into the larger bottles and let it ferment for a couple of days.
- On ‘pour day’ skim off the yeast residue and enjoy your ginger beer.
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