Winter Warmer Ginger Beer Recipe

With the cold Tassie weather just around the corner, turn your next batch of ginger beer into a spicy warm treat with the addition of a few extra ingredients.
For this recipe we will be using the Morgan’s Ginger Beer Home Brew Kit.

Ingredients:

  • Morgan’s Ginger Beer Home Brew Kit (includes Yeast & Nutrients)
  • 1kg Dextrose (results in 4% ABV)
  • 50-100 grams of Ginger powder
  • For an extra ginger hit between 200-500 grams of finely sliced/diced ginger root
  • 1 piece of star anise
  • 1-2 sticks of cinnamon
  • Lemon peel (sterilised in vodka)
  • Carbonation drops (for bottling)

Equipment

  • 2-3L pot
  • Muslin cloth bag
  • Fermenter
  • Bottles

Recipe

  • Place fresh chopped/sliced ginger root, star anise, cinnamon, lemon peel into the muslin cloth bag.
  • Fill pot with just over 2 litres of water and bring to the boil. Add filled muslin cloth bag to boiling water, as well as the ginger powder, and simmer for 30 – 40 minutes.
  • Remove muslin cloth bag & allow water to slightly cool.
  • Add exactly 2 litres of the hot spice water to a cleaned and sterilised fermenter.
  • Pour in the contents of the ginger beer kit & 1kg of dextrose. (Optional; for a nutty caramel flavour, substitute up to 500 grams of dextrose for brown sugar, thank me later!) Stir until fully dissolved.
  • At this point, add enough cold water to make up to 20 litres, be sure to keep stirring while filling.
  • Stir in yeast and nutrient sachets thoroughly.
  • Seal fermenter with lid and air lock. Allow to ferment between 22 – 30 deg Celsius. (Optional; use a heat belt to control the temperature).
  • Fermentation will take around 6 days at a constant temperature of 22 deg Celsius & longer at temperatures below this.
  • Bottle once fermentation has finished and a hydrometer reading of 1005 or below has been achieved. Do not bottle until fermentation has finished, adding only the correct amount of sugar to each bottle, otherwise over-gassed bottles could explode. Use 2 carbonation drops per 750ml bottle or 1 drop per 500ml bottle.
  • Seal bottle and store above 20 deg Celsius for 2-3 weeks before enjoying by the fire on a cold dreary winter night.

Bonus Recipe

Bring approximately 1.5 L of your winter warmer ginger beer plus 500ml of orange juice to a simmer in a pot for about 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat & add honey +/- whiskey to taste before pouring into mugs or heat-proof glasses. Take said mug and stand by a window during a cold stormy night & enjoy while you soothe your soul with this delicious drink.

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