Carmen’s Jamaican Ginger Beer (recipe)

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Trini Christmas


Ginger Beer

mom’s ginger beer brewing in the sun :D

The above scene and bottle feel as though they have always been with me, they occur with such comforting regularity. Ginger beer is something that is enjoyed by both Trinis and Jamaicans however in my experience many Trinis enjoy theirs much weaker than my mother makes hers. Many people can’t drink my mom’s ginger beer without looking for a fire hydrant at first. However they quickly return with an empty glass asking for a refill once their tastebuds recover from the initial shock! :lol: Of course I love my mom’s way and that’s what I am sharing with you, however if you are looking for something more along the mild side simply reduce the steeping period to one day :) You may also want to add lime juice at Step 7. it makes for a refreshing alternate !

Carmen’s Jamaican Ginger Beer

1. Peel 1lb of ginger – peel and blend with as much water as needed to get a good pulp
2. Put in large glass bottle
3. Set in sun for 2 days
4. Bring inside and strain
5. Add more water (about 1liter) and squeeze the grated ginger in this water. Bang out the ging !! :D
6. Discard the used and abused ginger.
7. Add more water. You want about a gallon.
8. Add 1.5lbs granulated sugar
9. Pour into clean bottles.
10. Add 4 to 5 cloves per bottle.
11. Allow to ‘rest’ on the counter for two days before refrigerating.

HOTT!!!

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This post was originally published December 5, 2006. It has been updated twice since then.

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  • http://www.jumboempanadas.blogspot.com Brilynn

    I looove ginger beer, but have never had it homemade, I’m sure I’ve been missing out!

  • http://www.jumboempanadas.blogspot.com Brilynn

    I looove ginger beer, but have never had it homemade, I’m sure I’ve been missing out!

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Oh you should definitely try making your own :) It’s not that hard either :) But be prepared, it has a really strong BITE!! :D lovely tho :)

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Oh you should definitely try making your own :) It’s not that hard either :) But be prepared, it has a really strong BITE!! :D lovely tho :)

  • Marsha

    DO you make wine too? seems like everyone in Trini Makes wine including my mom…and it tastes really good!

  • Marsha

    DO you make wine too? seems like everyone in Trini Makes wine including my mom…and it tastes really good!

  • Marsha

    DO you make wine too? seems like everyone in Trini Makes wine including my mom…and it tastes really good!

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Marsha – ah missed out on the wine trend.. i dunno why… well mommy not familiar with it, and I don’ think my father is either cos he is kinda first generation himself (long story).. but chile i found a recipe for Five Fingers wine… and i curious to try! that and pommecythere wine :D and pomerac wine lolz!!! I never tasted any of them tho :( People must be keeping their stocks from me :(

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Marsha – ah missed out on the wine trend.. i dunno why… well mommy not familiar with it, and I don’ think my father is either cos he is kinda first generation himself (long story).. but chile i found a recipe for Five Fingers wine… and i curious to try! that and pommecythere wine :D and pomerac wine lolz!!! I never tasted any of them tho :( People must be keeping their stocks from me :(

  • http://lumin.livejournal.com boo

    ooo yum! i love ginger beer! do you think leaving it on the heating pad where i ferment my kombucha would work? there is not much sun this time of year, and bottles outside would probly shatter cause we are having a fierce freeze.

  • http://lumin.livejournal.com boo

    ooo yum! i love ginger beer! do you think leaving it on the heating pad where i ferment my kombucha would work? there is not much sun this time of year, and bottles outside would probly shatter cause we are having a fierce freeze.

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Boo – yes a heating pad would help (you may have to double the length of time depending on the temperature), also a good option is leaving it in a gas oven with the pilot light on :)

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Boo – yes a heating pad would help (you may have to double the length of time depending on the temperature), also a good option is leaving it in a gas oven with the pilot light on :)

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Boo – yes a heating pad would help (you may have to double the length of time depending on the temperature), also a good option is leaving it in a gas oven with the pilot light on :)

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Boo – yes a heating pad would help (you may have to double the length of time depending on the temperature), also a good option is leaving it in a gas oven with the pilot light on :)

  • http://lumin.livejournal.com boo

    we only have electric (i get sick from gas) but i will try the heating pad thing with a half batch and see how it goes. oooh i lOVE ginger beer!!

  • http://lumin.livejournal.com boo

    we only have electric (i get sick from gas) but i will try the heating pad thing with a half batch and see how it goes. oooh i lOVE ginger beer!!

  • AmyJuliet

    I don't mean to sound dense, but i've never had ginger beer. does it actually contain any alcohol?

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      Hi Amy, the beer refers to the fermentation that is involved in its creation. However the actual alcoholic content of this recipe is negligible to the point of 0 :) Hope that helps!

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      Hi Amy, the beer refers to the fermentation that is involved in its creation. However the actual alcoholic content of this recipe is negligible to the point of 0 :) Hope that helps!

  • AmyJuliet

    I don't mean to sound dense, but i've never had ginger beer. does it actually contain any alcohol?

  • AmyJuliet

    I don't mean to sound dense, but i've never had ginger beer. does it actually contain any alcohol?

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      Hi Amy, the beer refers to the fermentation that is involved in its creation. However the actual alcoholic content of this recipe is negligible to the point of 0 :) Hope that helps!

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  • http://Enteryourwebsite... Gabe

    I am in the process of making this ginger beer. I am on step 4 after sun brewing the ginger. I would like to know if the mixture is supposed to smell funky? lol It alarmed the entire front of the house. Is this normal, or has it gone bad? I proceeded with through to step 11, it is now set to rest on the counter for two days before refrigeration.

    • http://www.SarinaNow.com Sarina

      It should smell clean and yeasty. Like rising bread or malt. It’s important to make sure it is sealed when in the sun and that the container has been sterilised before. Sorry for seeing this comment so late. I hope you were able to try again?

  • http://Enteryourwebsite... maggie

    Thats just how my Mom made it and i loved it. She prepared it just before christmas eve so on christmas day we had gingerbeer ready to drink. It was HOT!

    • http://www.SarinaNow.com Sarina

      I love that burn at the back of my throat! :) Have to dilute it for guests sometimes though :D