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How to make Ginger Beer from scratch

Teaming up with microbes: Ginger Bug & Ginger Beer & Ginger Beer Jam

Posted on 30.12.2020
Author Katarina Kostić

* Thinking about the well-being of our microbiome is essential to achieve a healthy intestine and a strong immune system. Fermented drinks are full of beneficial bacteria that improve digestion, strengthen the immune system, help the detoxification and contribute a balanced mind.

* The ingestion of fermented foods daily increases the number of beneficial microbes up to 10,000 times and the easiest way to do so is by consuming fermented beverages.

* Healthy bacteria are sensitive to everyday habits such as sugar use, caffeine, processed foods and stress. The fermented drinks provide relief and heal us because they can serve as tonics, natural anti-virals and anti-fungals and are great for preventing colds and flu.

* Humans have been drinking ginger beverages for thousands of years, often for medicinal purposes.

Technically speaking, Ginger Beer is not a beer.

It was popular in Europe in Medieval times until Industrialisation. Before sodas and modern soft drinks, this fermented beverage was usually brewed at home and was a safer alternative to often contaminated water.

The microorganisms responsible for the fermentation of ginger are a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY) known as Ginger Bug. These microorganisms ingest the sugars and produce carbon dioxide and low levels of alcohol as waste products (around 0.5 %).

How to make a Ginger Beer

Ginger Beer helps improve digestion, keeps the intestinal flora in good condition, strengthens the immune system, speeds up metabolism, lowers bad cholesterol levels, helps reduce body fat and purify the body, eliminating retained fluids and toxins:

● Has anti-inflammatory properties. This can help people who suffer from rheumatoid or degenerative arthritis, osteoarthritis or chronic muscle pain.

● Offers protection against colon and ovarian cancer.

● It also has a thermal effect that raises the body temperature, protecting us from the cold and increasing blood circulation.

● Large amounts of antioxidants that help us eliminate free radicals that harm the body (“anti ageing” effect).



Process lasts 5-6 days.

Add equal amounts of fresh, grated ginger and white sugar and a few drops of water every day. Mix well. Live at room temperature.

Repeat for 5 days or until the mixture becomes alive and bubbly.


For 1 litre, you'll need:

Ginger Bug

Fresh grated ginger 100-150g

White sugar 100-150g

Water to fill a jar

Leave to ferment at room temperature for 4 - 5 days.

Sip and try every day until it tastes as you like it. Leave to ferment longer for more beer-like flavour.

Strain the beer. Store it in the fridge. Put remaining fermented ginger (Ginger Bug) in a jar and make another batch of Ginger Beer.

Use left-over fermented ginger from the above Ginger Beer to make GINGER BEER JAM:

Fermented ginger

Sugar (1/3 of ginger weight): brown, white, panela...

Lemon juice

Leave the mixture overnight.

Next day, cook it as you would any other jam. Low heat, frequently steering. Should be ready in 45 - 60 min.

* Remember, there is no waste in nature.

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