A few weeks ago I made a 2.5 gallon batch of Gnome’s ginger beer. I first dissolved 2 pounds of sugar in a quart of water, added 2oz of extract, and then brought it up to 130F. Then I dumped the mix into a keg and added the remaining 2 gallons of water. I carbed it… Continue reading Gnome Spicy Ginger Beer Review
Recently splurged on a jug of Sprecher’s Cream Soda mix and made a keg of it. Lo and behold it tastes just like the real thing. But for the money I think I’ll stick to Gnome or Rainbow concentrates for future batches.
Made and kegged a two-gallon batch of Rainbow’s Cream Soda and it’s pretty good. Heavy vanilla and honey up front but there’s a small woody/anise thing around the edges mixing it up a bit. Also at the end is an unexpected ginger bite. Not bad for $6.
Made 6 liters (a Tap-A-Draft’s woth) of Rainbow’s “Old Fashioned” Sarsaparilla Soda today after brewing. I already had the sanitizer mixed up so why not. I used the ingredient ratios recommended in the instructions and the uncarbonated soda tastes pretty good. There’s a good vanilla kick alongside a strong spicy, barky sarsaparilla element.
I made my first batch of root beer today. For 7L I used: 3cups cane sugar 2oz sarsaparilla 0.8oz wintergreen leaves 0.25oz licorice root 0.5cups honey (added at end of boil) 2T molasses 0.25t nutmeg The recipe is a simplified version of this person’s. I boiled for about 45 minutes, cooled, and pitched a little… Continue reading Root Beer
Taking an established beverage and adding lime flavor is a popular trend so I decided to follow suit with my ginger ale recipe. In a 6L batch I added the zest of two limes as well as the juice of 1.5 of them (the other 0.5 went into another recipe). Additionally I bumped up the… Continue reading Ginger Ale – Now With Lime!
Made a third batch of ginger ale today; used 5oz in 6L, a more ginger bit is never a bad thing. This this photo you can see the pureed ginger and how I filter it out from the batch; a fine strainer plus cheesecloth. The blue bottle is a 6L bottle that comes with the… Continue reading Ginger Ale Version Three
I’ve been tinkering with a ginger ale recipe on Jack Schmidling’s site. It’s nice having something other than water or beer to drink at home; here’s my current version for 2.25 gallons: 5oz ginger root (2.2oz per gal) 4.25 cups unrefined cane sugar (1.9c per gal) 2.25T vanilla extract (1T per gal) 1/4t champagne yeast,… Continue reading Ginger Ale