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Ginger beer in Canberra

By johnboy - 20 March 2009 66

So as to stop the moronic chuckleheads polluting the Folk Festival thread, let us here discuss the where’s and whyfores of alcoholic ginger beer in Canberra.

Is the store bought stuff up to scratch? What’s the best way to make your own?

Knock yourselves out.

What’s Your opinion?

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Ginger beer in Canberra
Granny 12:04 pm 20 Mar 09

Maybe everyone could bring along their ginger beer and we could have judges and stuff.

ant 12:01 pm 20 Mar 09

Granny said :

Let’s go on a ginger beer crawl!


I haven’t copied down the recipes in the thread yet (my battery is getting low and any minute the computer will tell me to sod off as it wants to sleep) but they look good. I bought a 2nd fermenter last year to make lemonades and ginger beer in. So far I’ve only made the kits, but am intrigued with the idea of making beer, that is ginger flavoured. Some people then get creative and empty a bottle of rum in too before bottling.

The kit ginger beers I’ve made turned out just fine, and I use the brown plastic bottles so there’s no danger of explosions. So far no disasters, in fact the results have been more consistent than my beer efforts.

There is a very active homebrew club, a friend took me to a meeting, they meet at a club in narrabundah, might be the German club. They bring samples and my goodness, I am NOT worthy. some of them were nectar of the gods. There was this russian black porter/stout thing that was pure ambrosia. they mostly do mashing and growing own hops and all kinds of things.

Danman 11:59 am 20 Mar 09

Disposable, in reference to your querstion in th eother thread – I get Bundy Ginger Beer from Danman Denman Cellars in Gunghalin, near the Pizza Haven(?) there.

Danman 11:54 am 20 Mar 09

JB – Thanks for the honey and Ginger tips – I use Homebrew mixes from Kambah too, and can fully reccomend them..

I have made alcoholic Ginger beer, Alcoholic Sars and want to try an alcoholic cola, which I intend to mix with bourbon on an ad hoc basis providing more of a kicker than a usual bourbon and coke.

If you wanna know about brewing, Canberra has a homebew fraternity – not sure who to contact though. Google may in fact be your friend, I am too lazy.

Granny 11:51 am 20 Mar 09

It sounds delicious. Honey and ginger – two of the nicest things in the world!

Americanberran 11:50 am 20 Mar 09

“Sure fire” recipe, John?…sounds like my last kitchen odyssey, lol

Jim Jones 11:49 am 20 Mar 09

One of the best things about brewing ginger beer is that it leaves the brewing tub with residual flavour. So if you go from making a ginger beer straight to making a wheat beer, the wheat beer will have a delicate sweet ginger overtone. Very nice!

Jim Jones 11:47 am 20 Mar 09

There’s a brewing place in Kambah that is absolutely top notch. They have regular tastings, good for advice and recipes, and they even sell second hand bottles.

You dumb schmoes!!!

Americanberran 11:46 am 20 Mar 09

Can somebody please explain to me the difference btw a moronic chucklehead, and a Canberran cackleberry?;for I’m new to the scene …

johnboy 11:45 am 20 Mar 09

So here’s my sure fire recipe:

1. Ginger beer kit from Brew Your Own At Home in Kambah
2. 1kg Honey
3. 1 big hunk of ginger.

Peel the ginger and slice thinly, the idea is to maximise surface area.

Simmer for 10 minutes the honey, sliced ginger and two cups of water. You don’t want to over-boil, but it has to get up to boiling point to kill wild yeasts in the honey.

Throw this mix into your fermenter with the rest of the ginger beer kit, and water to your fill line, and ferment as you would beer,

When bottling put a drop of tobasco sauce in each bottle along with your secondary fermentation medium.

Allow two weeks for secondary.

If any of these terms confuse you, go talk to the nice people in the brew shops.

Nambucco Deliria 11:37 am 20 Mar 09

U-Brew it in Hume have a good Ginger Beer recipe.

Skidbladnir 11:36 am 20 Mar 09

Johnboy is trapped in the 1940s.

Granny 11:35 am 20 Mar 09

I think I probably do have to admit to being a moronic chucklehead.

Jim Jones 11:35 am 20 Mar 09

Moronic chuckleheads?

Are you getting all your cusswords from a mafia dictionary or something?

Granny 11:31 am 20 Mar 09

Let’s go on a ginger beer crawl!

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