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From: hplabs!rutgers!dgbt.crc.dnd.ca!bnr-rsc!crick (Bill Crick)
Subject: ginger beer
Date: 1989-11-30 22:00:06 GMT

DISCLAIMER: THIS STUFF IS DANGEROUS! DO NOT MAKE IT!

Now that I've got that disclaimer out of the way, someone asked for a
ginger beer recipe. Here is one I've been making for many years.
It is very carbonated, and quite refreshing. Also because it has a
limited shelf life (after which it explodes), it prompts lots of
impromptu "ginger beer parties" were I call several friends to say
"I'm setting off a dozen Ginger Beer tommorrow afternoon. Wanna come?"

By the way. does anyone have a SG to final bottle pressure table that one
could use to tame this recipe? I'd like to limit the pressure to about 90PSI
which is what I believe the cahmpagne bottles are made for. I assume it will
have to include temperature.

NOTE: READ ALL THE WARNINGS, and DON'T MAKE THIS STUFF!

Nathan's Ginger Beer

Add following to primary fermenter

1/2 lb fresh ginger peeled, and grated.
1 lemon. peel grated, juice squeezed, remainder sliced.
5 tsps. cream of tarter (see spice section a grocery store
5 cups white sugar
2 canadian gallons of boiling water = 2*6/5 = 2.4 US Gal.


Add a lager yeast starter when cooled to < 80deg F, and cover.
let ferment for 3-7 days, and bottle in Champagne bottles.
Wire down plastic corks.

Leave in warm for 1 week, and then move to cool area.
Chill and test open 1 bottle each week, until they start to scare you,
then put all bottles in fridge, and drink them within 2 weeks.

WARNINGS:***************



USE ONLY REAL CHAPAGNE BOTTLES! SPARKLING WINE, BEER BOTTLES WILL EXPLODE!

IF LEFT OUT OF FRIDGE FOR MORE THAN 4 WEEKS, BOTTLES WILL EXPLODE

DO NOT LEAVE IN FRIDGE MORE THAN 4 WEEKS, AFTER THEY START TO SCARE YOU,
OR YOU RISK EXPLOSIONS INSIDE FRIDGE!

SET OFF OUTSIDE! CORKS GO 60 - 70'. BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU AIM! CUT THE WIRE
CAGES WITH WIRE CUTTERS, DON'T TRY TO UNTWIST THEM. THEY USUALLY GO OFF
THE INSTANT YOU CUT THE WIRE. IF YOU HAVE A HANGFIRE, BE VERY CAUTIOUS.
DON'T GO INSIDE WITH IT. AIM STRAIGHT UP IF YOU EVER WANT TO SEE THE CORK
AGAIN!

DO NOT LET THESE SIT AROUND TOO LONG! SET THEM ALL OFF WITHIN 6 WEEKS OF
MAKING THEM! I'M NOT KIDDING!!!!!

Have big glasses ready when you open them.

DISCLAIMER: THIS STUFF IS DANGEROUS! DO NOT MAKE IT! ;-)

Bill Crick Brewius, Ergo Sum!


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