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Ginger Beer
To make a ginger beer plant, and your first 16 pints of ginger beer.

1 level tablespoonful ground ginger
1 level tablespoonful granulated sugar
2 oz baker's yeast
1 pint water

ground ginger, approx 1 oz.
granulated sugar approx 3 oz

juice of 6-8 lemons
2 lb granulated sugar
Water to top up

By far the best way to make ginger beer is to cultivate a ginger
beer plant. With a plant you can carry on ad infinitum!

Put the yeast into a sterile glass jar big enough to hold rather
more than a pint. Pour in the pint of water, and follow with the
level tablespoons of ginger and sugar. Cover with a clean cloth.
Beginning the next day,Feed once a day one heaped teaspoonful of
ginger and sugar. By the middle of the second week the base liquid
for your ginger beer will be ready to syphon off. Keep the sediment
if you want to make more and more, because you can divide into two
jars, and start all over again!

To turn your base liquid into 16 pints ginger beer dissolve 2 lbs
sugar in 2 pts. boiling water and add the juice of the lemons, pour
this liquid into a 2 gallon sterilised plastic bucket, add one
gallon cold water and stir well, Stir in the previously syphoned
base liquid, top up with cold water until you have 2 gallons, and
stir the whole mixture thoroughly.

The mix can now be poured into it's final bottles, where it needs
to stand at room temperature for several hours before corking. Do
not jam the corks in too tightly. If the ginger beer turns more
lively, it is better for the corks to pop, than the bottle to burst!
It is probably best to 2"-3" headroom, and to use strong bottles!

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
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Sam you knob jockey, June 14, 2005 - 11:16 AM
Reviewer: Anonymous from UK
try it before you run your mouth off and learn to spell

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Yeast is a PLANT?!, December 20, 2005 - 10:09 PM
Reviewer: Anonymous from Scranton, PA USA
Yeasts constitute a group of unicellular fungi, which are distinct from both plants and humans... Fungi are not true plants because they are heterotrophs (they do not fix their own carbon through photosynthesis but use the carbon fixed by other organisms.) Fungi are more closely related to animals, but unlike animals they are saprotrophic (they absorb their food rather than ingest it) and their cells have cell walls surrounding them.

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This isn't a real GBP, March 10, 2006 - 05:25 PM
Reviewer: Anonymous from NY USA
Sam's right I'm afraid. This is not a real ginger beer plant and should be touted as such. The real GBP, as a simple web search would reveal, requires the specific strains of yeast and bacteria S. pyriformis and B. vermiforme. Bakers yeast is hardly an adequate substitute

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5 of 26 people found the following review helpful:
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fasle recipy!!!!!!, October 11, 2004 - 02:00 AM
Reviewer: Sam from NZ
You cannot make a ginger beer plant. It is a natural mix of science. YOU ARE A LIER

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Fun project for the kids!, January 16, 2005 - 05:12 PM
Reviewer: Mike from Broken Hill, Australia
This is a great summer project to do with the kids, and produces a lovely drink, best served ice cold or else it is a bit too sweet. Good for teaching children that yeast is a plant, and to care for it you must feed it with sugar.

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
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Sad, June 4, 2005 - 12:01 PM
Reviewer: T.G. from Sweden
Perhaps Sam from NZ. will one day grow up.

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A good second, October 9, 2005 - 12:55 PM
Reviewer: An unrepentant pedant from Cornwall
Strictly speaking the very angry man from NZ is right. The real deal is made with not just yeast, but a symbiotic culture based on the yeast Saccharomyces pyriformis and the bacterium Brevibacterium vermiforme. (That weird flying saucer thing that makes kombucha tea is also a yeast/bacterium compound, only much, much less nice.) So this isn't quite the real thing, but it must be how they were doing it originally when someone got lucky and got that magic combination, and since the result is a mildly alcoholic drink made by the action of yeast on a ginger solution, well, it is A ginger beer. To anyone who remembers the real thing it will never be THE ginger beer, but the plant (or mother) is now very hard to find and this is still nice. Who knows, maybe you could even get lucky and have your yeast culture infected with the right bacterium.

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