I met Ryan at the Paw Paw Festival in Frederick, MD. He brewed some Ginger Beer and was giving out samples and explaining how to make his brew. He was nice enough to explain what he was doing for us as well as providing an overview on video.
The ingredients include 2”-3” chunk of ginger, one lime, ½ c sugar, ¼ tsp yeast and water to fill the container.
A Quick Brew
He made his Ginger Beer just 24 hours before the festival. Ryan uses the following process: Use fresh grated ginger and squeeze the ginger juice out to taste. Some people like more and some less, so use what you prefer. Combine all ingredients, put in an air tight jug, fill the remaining space with water, and store in a dark room at room temperature. In twenty-four hours you have a mildly carbonated refreshing beverage. The beverage has a very low alcohol content because it was fermenting for only one day. It is basically an old time soda beverage and it did taste very much like ginger ale to me.
Ryan usually uses two liter jugs for small batches. For the Paw Paw Festival, he used a thirty-five-pound oil container. The CO2 or carbonation comes from the fermentation process and the sealed container. The smaller bottles have more carbonation because the seal better than the larger jugs.
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