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Blueberry Ginger Ale (SUCCESS)

Discussion in 'The Homestead Kitchen - Recipes Etc' started by CrealCritter, Mar 5, 2019.

  1. Mar 5, 2019
    CrealCritter

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    Since i drink a pint bottle a day, I need to get another batch brewing pretty quick

    This will be take 2. It helps to have a nice lady friend who works in the produce department at the grocery store. She called me today and said "I got a sexy organic ginger root saved for you" :)

    Now this really is a nice ginger root, I didn't know they could be so sexy :lol: It's just a tad over 1 lb. Francine sure is a funny lady.

    I just had to show you my "sexy" organic ginger root.
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    I don't know about "sexy" but that is a nice looking root lol
     
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    Lazy Gardener

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    Why don't you try growing your own ginger root?
     
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    CrealCritter

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    Did you talk to my wife? She said the same thing to me yesterday.
     
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    Lazy Gardener

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    ;) You gotta know that great minds think alike.
     
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    Brewed up another batch to ferment. I used 2 lbs of pure cane sugar this time. It came out quite a bit darker than using bleached white sugar beet table sugar.

    Ingredients: The bottle in the 1/2 gallon canning jar is very carbonated pint bottle of my first batch that I used as a starter for this batch. I was a little concerned it might explode :confused:. It's my attempt to minimize a potential big mess. That never happened :D
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    Brewing: 2 lbs sugar, 1 gallon water, 12 ounces grated ginger root. 30 minute boil.
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    Sterile wort inoculated and sealed in 5 gallon glass carboy with rubber bung and air lock. Nothing to do now but wait for it to ferment.
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    I figured out something new. Wart straining made easy. Two strainers at a time.
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    Good video to watch if your interested in making ginger beer --->
     
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    Day 1 - minor action, but its good to know it's alive. I learned my lesson about temperature and wild yeast (ginger yeast). Lactobacillus likes to grow best about 85 degrees, so I got a thermometer for the carboy. Now I can monitor the temperature. The utility room runs about 71 degrees.
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    CrealCritter

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    Day 2 - fermentation is ramping up slowly, but surely. I had a little to much sanitizer in the air lock so it couldn't burp. But that's been fixed, now I got a bubble through the air lock about every 15 seconds. It looks good & smells wonderful through the airlock. Fingers are crossed for a successfully ferment. I cut the heat down a little in the utility room, 68 seems to be a good temperature for a ginger bug juice to work its magic.
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    I'm going to the brew store tomorrow to pick up a wheat beer kit I ordered and also some ale yeast to try and ferment root beer again. I'm thinking I might turn the wheat beer into a blackberry cobbler wheat beer. But with any luck, I should have three carboys bubbling at the same time :)
     
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    Day 3 - nice peaceful, slow ferment going on. smells good through the airlock. So far so good.
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