Eileen's Ginger Beer plant recipe
Posted 02 November 2012 - 07:21 PM
Posted 03 November 2012 - 10:16 AM
Gearing up here for a 5 gal batch of ginger mead... a dry (not sweet) alcoholic "ginger ale": just honey, ginger, lemon juice, yeast extract and cali ale yeast. Personally, I'm all for using "cultured" yeasts as opposed to "wild" yeasts/bacteria, as the bacteria eat the sugar without producing ethanol and more specifically the lactobacillus create a "lambic" sour brew. Also some of the wild yeasts/molds ferment and impart a kind of wet cardboard flavor. For me brewers yeast (liquid or dry packs) are extremely consistent and start vigorous fermentation within 24 hrs and easily out compete any wild micro-organisms
Posted 03 November 2012 - 07:33 PM
I really want to try to brew a good root beer. I tried a while ago with a variant of FM's recipe (http://www.shaman-au...ad&fromsearch=1) but I think the cherry bark, sassafras, and sarsparilla all lacked the aromatics to flavour the drink properly. If anyone knows of good suppliers for this kind of stuff let me know!
Posted 04 November 2012 - 05:27 AM