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3 Cheers for Ginger beer!

Posted on March 9, 2008 by in drinks and snacks

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After my post True South African fare where I made Bobotie, I got quite a few requests for South African recipes. Ginger Beer is a drink that we all grew up on and all major days on the calender are celebrated with this drink, eg. Christmas, New Year, family picnics etc………..
When I searched Google, I soon found that it is not a true South African beverage and that it originated in England in the 1700’s.
I dare not argue with the clever people at Google, but for me, it is associated with every celebration in South Africa. I also found this wonderful site with photo illustrations on “How to make your own ginger beer”, so I will most definitely not reinvent the wheel. Go ahead, give it a try………

Ginger beer

1 Litres water
60 ml ground ginger
750 ml sugar
4 litres water
125 ml raisins
3 ml cream of tartar
5 ml tartaric acid
15 ml instant dry yeast (optional)
Make a syrup by boiling together 1 liter water, ground ginger and sugar for 15 minutes.
Place in a large container and add 4 liters water, raisins, cream of tartar and tartaric and yeast (if using).
Leave at room temperature until raisins have risen to the surface.
Pour into bottles, close securely and store in refrigerator.
Makes 5 liters

The residue that you see floating, is just from the raisins that I use( it helps with the fermenting process and you can also tell when the beer is ready when the raisins float to the top.


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15 Responses to “3 Cheers for Ginger beer!”

  1. Peter M 9 March 2008 at 5:19 pm #

    Nina, I’ll shall try this when warm weather arrives here.

    Alas, we just got 30cm of snow.

  2. Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) 9 March 2008 at 5:53 pm #

    Peter, with the heatwave we’ve been having the last couple of weeks, I can only dream about 30cm of snow….
    The human race…..never quite so grateful or what we have….

  3. Jessy and her dog Winnie 10 March 2008 at 12:15 am #

    Looks good! Hopefully I can try some in 6 years. lol

  4. eliza 10 March 2008 at 1:08 am #

    i’ve seen the article in Saveur magazine about ginger beer some time back. sounds like a great drink to me!
    p.s. it seems that i have trouble accesing your blog after it’s been done uploading, don’t know why…

  5. Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) 10 March 2008 at 5:31 am #

    jessy – why the long wait….

    eliza – my mom and my sister has the same problem and I thought is was maybe because their computers were a bit outdated, but if a fellow blogger has the same problem, I am very concerned – I will look into the matter urgently.

  6. Pixie 10 March 2008 at 8:22 am #

    I’m curious about this beer- shall book mark it, thanks for sharing!

  7. Flanboyant Eats 12 March 2008 at 4:31 am #

    who doesn’t love ginger beer! you’ve inspired me to make some!

  8. african vanielje 18 March 2008 at 2:33 pm #

    Ginger Beer! Homemade et al. Will definitely try this recipe out and let you know how it went.

  9. Patricia 15 December 2014 at 9:01 pm #

    i tried it & its simply the it.

  10. Tebogo 17 December 2015 at 10:56 pm #

    The real Makoya ginger beer, the best without yeast.

  11. Yvonne-SA 5 February 2016 at 11:23 am #

    Hi I need to make ginger beer for a function on Saturday. If I make it today Friday will it be ready for tomorrow. I see other people say you have to make it 2-3 days before.

    • nerinatimm 10 February 2016 at 8:49 am #

      I doubt if it will be ready in one day, but in this extreme heat, you might pull it off!

  12. making it with my american students tmr yipee 25 July 2018 at 9:37 pm #

    we love it back home in botswana no wedding or funeral without gemmer

  13. Brian Govers 5 January 2019 at 1:14 am #

    Are there no lemons in this recipe?

    • nerinatimm 3 February 2019 at 10:12 pm #

      No, I dont recall my mother using them.

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