Ginger Beer

Ginger Beer

Time: 26 hrs 15 mins


  • 1/2 lb fresh ginger
  • 2 limes
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 gallon boiling water
  • 1/2 teaspoon yeast


  • 1 Wash and then grind or grate the ginger, peel and all and place in a large bowl or pitcher.
  • 2 Juice the limes and add the lime juice, the lime peels, the sugar and the cream of tartar to the ginger.
  • 3 Pour the boiling water over the ginger mixture and allow to sit for at least two hours, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has cooled to room temperature.
  • 4 Making sure the water is at room temperature (if it is too hot, it will kill the yeast), strain the mixture into a large pitcher or jar with a cover.
  • 5 Sprinkle the yeast over the top of the strained liquid and let it sit uncovered for about five minutes so the yeast softens.
  • 6 Now stir the mixture, cover it and leave it to sit at room temperature for 24 hours.
  • 7 Strain again, chill and serve cold.
  • 8 Note: This is not an overly sweet drink and not one in which you can substitute splenda for the sugar as the yeast feeds on the sugar.
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