A ginger beer recipe with a cult following
Do you love ginger? Good - that’s a start.
This recipe has somewhat of a cult following and is one we share with our customers time and time again.
Passing down to homebrewers through online forums, Kingsley Phillips is the mastermind behind this boozy ginger beer recipe - which has rave reviews.
This recipe is fun to make and involves a few extra ingredients to go from start to finish. Perfect as a thirst quencher in summer and somehow fits the bill during a cold winter's night.
Top Tip: You will want a dedicated fermenter for brewing ginger beer. Once the ginger goes in, you’ll never get the flavour out. You’ve been warned!
- 1 can Morgans Ginger Beer
- Preferred yeast - we recommend Safale US-05 Yeast
- 1kg Raw or Dark Brown Sugar
- 500g Fresh Ginger
- 50g Powdered Ginger
- 250g Honey
- 4 x Kaffir Lime Leaf Shredded
- 1 x Birdseye Chili (sliced, seeds and all)
- 4 x Whole Cloves
- 2 tsp Nutmeg
- 2 tsp Cinnamon
- Break the fresh ginger into chucks and put it into a food processor. Don’t have one, don’t worry, grating with a cheese grater will also work.
- Bring 3 litres of water to boil. Turn the heat down to medium.
- Add the Fresh Ginger and Honey and boil with the lid on your pot for 20 minutes.
- Add your chilli, powdered ginger and boil for a further 10 minutes.
- Next, add the dark brown or raw sugar, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and boil for further 5 minutes.
- Turn the heat off.
- Add in the Morgan’s Ginger Beer extract can and stir to dissolve.
- Use a sterile (important!) metal colander/sieve strain the hot liquid into your fermenter (leaving the chunks behind).
- Fill fermenter to 23L mark with cold water
- Take note of temperature and do not pitch yeast if above 18-22C
- Pitch your yeast.
- Ferment for 2 weeks at 17C - bottle or keg (It gets better with time)
- Drink it...duh!
ABV - 4.9%
This recipe requires a bit more than a visit to Newcastle Brew Shop, you will also need a trip to the supermarket to purchase the extra ingredients.
We love the idea of growing our own ginger - the true DIY approach (but you can of course support your local fruit and veggie store as well).