This recipe is marc’s great gran, Ouma Carol’s, ginger beer recipe. It might sound complicating but it’s actually quite easy.
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Makes 10 liters
What you need:
7 cups sugar
2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons ground ginger
10 liters clean water (3 liters should be boiled)
1.5 cups clean, warm water
3 teaspoons tartaric acid
3 teaspoons cream of tartar
3 teaspoons lemon essence
Handful of raisons
2 teaspoons powder yeast
Big container with lid (which will hold a bit more than 10 liters of water)
Cheese cloth (to sieve the liquid through)
Bottles to store liquid in (can be cleaned 2 liter plastic bottles)
In the measuring jug:
Add 2 teaspoons yeast to 1.5 cups lukewarm water in a measuring jug and stir. Add 2 teaspoons sugar. Mix and allow this mixture to stand for 15 minutes.
In the big container:
Add 7 cups sugar, 2 heaped tablespoons ground ginger and 3 liters of boiled water to container. Mix till sugar is dissolved.
Add remaining 4 liters of water, 3 teaspoons tartaric acid, 3 teaspoons cream of tartar and lemon essence. Mix mixture.
Add the measuring jug containing the yeast to the large container.
Add a handful of raisons.
Put the cover on your large container and allow to stand at room temperature for 12-24 hours. Then filter through cheese cloth into your bottles.
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