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Tuesday, February 1, 2011
homemade ginger ale
i took a clean two liter bottle and using a funnel, added a cup of sugar and one quarter teaspoon of plain ol'baking yeast, yep, yeast. i swirled it around a bit and let it sit. in a bowl i grated, with my microplane, about a tablespoon or so of fresh, peeled ginger root. now to the root i squeezed the juice of one lemon. i stirred it a bit and poured into the bottle. i then rinsed the bowl with fresh cold water and added it to the bottle,too. i then topped it all off to the neck with more fresh, cold water, sealing the cap. let it sit on your counter. you see, the yeast will cause carbonation or so that is the theory. you let is sit 24 to 48 hours, but no more because it might explode! also, plastic only, no glass because it might explode! i think i needed more yeast. mine didn't bubble too much, so it did not explode! when ready, the bottle will be hard when squeezed. chill it for a few hours before drinking. also, when pouring a glass, use a strainer to catch the bits of ginger. enjoy.
i am going to do again. i will let you know. i think this would be way cool if you owned a sodastream.