How To Make Ginger Beer

How To Make Ginger Beer

To get started making your own ginger beer and homemade sodas, you will need a ginger bug. Weird name, I know, but it is basically the equivalent of a sourdough starter. Just for drinks instead of bread!

Ginger Bug Recipe:

2 T grated fresh ginger

2 T raw sugar (sucanat)

2 C. filtered water

Mix all ingredients in a quart mason jar, cover with a towel or coffee filter, and secure with a rubber band. Let sit in a dark place (cupboard or pantry) for 5 days. Each day, feed the ginger bug with 1 T. raw sugar and 1 T. grated fresh ginger root*.

After the 5 days are up, cover the jar with a mason jar lid, and transfer to the fridge. From now on you will need to feed your ginger bug at least once a week. I feed mine twice to make sure it is super active, which I will describe below.

*You can grate a lot of ginger root, and store it in an airtight container in the fridge. Then just scoop out what you need for each day’s feeding.

Find flip top bottles here!


Ginger Beer Recipe
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Serves: 2 qt
  • 2 Qt. (8c.) water
  • 3 inch piece of ginger root, thinly sliced
  • ¾ c. raw sugar (sucanat)
  • ⅓ c. lemon juice
  • ½ c. ginger bug
  1. Mix the water, sliced ginger, and sucanat together in a large pot.
  2. Simmer until sucanat is dissolved.
  3. Turn off heat, and let cool to room temperature.
  4. Once cooled, add the lemon juice and the ginger bug.
  5. Strain into your bottles and ferment at room temperature.
  6. Larger bottles take 5-6 days, and small bottles 4 days.
  7. Take care to check your bottles early the first time you ferment since everyone has a different temperature in their houses!
  8. Once the ginger beer is fizzy and tart, it is fermented enough, and you have to transfer it to the fridge to slow the fermentation.

Fizzy, tart, and oh so good for your tummy! Learn how to make your own Ginger Bug and Ginger Beer (soda, non-alcoholic)!

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2 responses to “How To Make Ginger Beer”

  1. Christie says:

    Does this have the sour fermented taste of kombucha?

    • No. It tastes like the ginger beers you get from the store, but a little less sweet. Matthew hates the kombucha sour/fermented taste, and wouldn’t ever drink it, but he is a huge fan of this ginger beer!

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