As promised here is the recipe for the ginger beer I am making to have on hand for the festive season. This recipe came from the Simple Savings website.
In a large jar place the following:
1 tsp brewer’s yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp ground ginger
500ml warm water.
Stir these together and place in a warm place (for example, window sill). ‘Feed’ the plant with 1 tsp of sugar and 1 tsp of ginger every day for one week. Then plant is ready. Sediment from plant can be reused to start new plant without the addition of more yeast. Excess fluid can be returned to plant.
1.5L hot/boiling water
4.5L cool water
Juice of 2 lemons
250ml liquid from plant
Place sugar in bucket and pour on boiling water. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add cool water and lemon juice. Stir in liquid from plant. Bottle. Ready for use after one week. Better after 2+ weeks.
To sterilize bottles I just clean thoroughly first with detergent (pay special attention to the bottle top and use a bottle brush), then rinse to remove all suds. I then soak in VERY hot water just before use. This seems to work well.
I will be making and bottling the ginger beer next weekend so I will do another post then.
The Duke also brews his own beer and we have a Soda Stream soft drink maker. We do not buy the flavouring but just make soda water to add to the lemon cordial that I make.
Having a selection of home-made drinks means that we do not need to spend as much money on drinks for entertaining.