I brew my own Ginger Ale.
I started doing this, I think, in February 2008. Melissa had bought a book called Wild Fermentation, which was about using bacterial/yeast cultures to brew drinks and make food through fermentation. I’ve made over a dozen batches, and although I’m still improving on my recipe, it tastes pretty good!
My Ginger Ale recipe is essentially three food ingredients + the micro-organism culture.
- Ginger Root (grated)
- Lemon (sometimes lime also, and I’m experimenting with other flavor additives)
- Sugar (white)
The carbonation comes from the fermentation of sugar, via the Wild Yeast. This is the same kind of fermentation process that brewers use to make ethanol (drinking alcohol) although this particular process / yeast culture does not produce a substantial amount of alcohol. (If there is any, it is barely noticeable, and largely depends on how long you let it ferment). The main by-product is carbonation (CO2) and awesome. Continue reading