How to Make Homemade Ginger Beer
Recipe Type: Drink
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger root
  • 2 quarts or 2 l water divided
  • 4 tablespoon brown sugar or molasses
  • a pinch of sea salt
  • ½ cup or 120 ml lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon brewer's yeast
  • sweetener of your choice to taste see notes
  1. In a pot bring grated ginger and 2 cups of water (0.5 l) to a boil. Add brown sugar (or molasses for the darker color), a pinch of salt and cook until the sugar is dissolved, for about 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain the liquid through a sieve covered with a few layers of cheesecloth and squeeze well into a bowl.
  2. Add the rest of the water (about 6 cups), lemon juice and brewer's yeast. Stir to dissolve and pour into four 16 oz (0.5 l) flip top bottles (or equivalent) using a funnel.
  3. Let it ferment under room temperature for 48 hours, then transfer to the fridge to stop the fermentation process. Add extra sweetener of your choice before serving (see notes). Enjoy!
You can use any sweetener of your choice before serving (honey, sugar, molasses or agave syrup). I found that 1 tablespoon of honey per bottle (16 oz) tastes the best. Make sure to dissolve your sweetener in a small amount of ginger beer before pouring it back into the bottle. Close the bottle and shake well. Don't open directly after shaking!
Recipe by Honest Cooking at