This alcoholic Apple Ginger Beer Recipe comes from Mad Millie. I’ve previously made Ginger Beer from their kit but was excited to try this new recipe that just required ginger beer yeast and ingredients you might have in your garden or can buy from the supermarket (sugar, ginger, lemon and apple juice). It is a very refreshing drink with the apple juice giving it an unexpected twist. It can be made with dried or fresh ginger, whatever you have to hand. I made it exactly to the recipe this time but I like a strong ginger flavour so I think I will add more ginger next time.
400 g brown sugar
3.25 litres water at 35oC
20 g dried ginger or 2/3 cup of fresh ginger juice
½ cup lemon juice
1 packet Mad Millie Ginger Beer Yeast
1 litre Apple juice*
White sugar for carbonation
Dissolve the sugar in 1 litre of water, mix in the ginger and lemon juice.
Add to the fermenting jar.
Add the apple juice and remaining water to the fermenting jar.
Add the yeast and carefully swirl to mix.
Half fill the airlock with water and fit to the top. Ferment for 1 week at room temperature (20oC).
After 1 week sanitise 6 x 750 mL glass bottles, a jug and a funnel with boiling water.
Use the 0.75 scoop on the 3-way sugar measurer to add 1 scoop of white sugar to each bottle.
Pour the ginger beer into bottles. Seal and ferment for 2 weeks at room temperature (20oC) then enjoy!
*Mad Millie says: If you want to try some different flavours change the apple juice for an alternative; pear, cranberry or pineapple. Just make sure the sugar content is the same as the apple (around 10g/100mL on the nutrition panel). If it is more or less then adjust the added sugar and water levels accordingly. Too much sugar may cause speedy fermentation resulting in more alcohol and exploding bottles.