I love fermented things. This weekend we decided to give ginger ale a try. We did a lot of research and learned a little bit about the proses of fermentation. Now we just have to wait and see if it works. There is one bottle with a balloon on it, we are hoping it will be a good indicator of weather CO2 is building up in the bottles or not. Here is our recipe:
1. Chop up 4oz of ginger root (or more if you want it really spicy).
2. Simmer the ginger, juice of 1 lemon, and 2 cups of sugar in 5 quarts of water for 30 minutes to an hour or longer.
5. Let it cool down to lukewarm.
6. On the side in a small jar, stir in 1/4 teaspoon of champagne yeast in with 1⁄4 cup warm water (not hot or you will kill the yeast).
7. After 15 minutes, add the yeast solution to your lukewarm brew.
8. Let the brew sit for 10 minutes and give it a good stir.
9. Strain it into sterile jars. We ran ours through the dish washer along with the other tools we needed such as funnels, bowls, spoons and strainers. If you don't have a dish washer you can always boil the bottles.
I am expecting for it to take 3-4 days to carbonate. This morning Elsa ran downstairs like it was Christmas morning to see if the balloon had inflated. It had not.