Lemongrass Ginger Ale


3 stalks lemongrass, sliced/lightly smashed
3 tablespoons grated ginger
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
7 cups water


In a small pot, add lemongrass, grated ginger, sugar and 1/2 cup water.
Bring to a boil and let sugar dissolve. Remove pan from heat and allow to steep and cool for about 30 mins.
Strain the syrup through a fine sieve.
Mix in lemon juice, yeast and 7 cups water. Whisk together.
Using a funnel. pour into plastic bottle. Screw the cap on and let it ferment at room temperature for about 2 - 3 days until carbonations forms.
Make sure to refrigerate after it starts to carbonate.


Note/How to know when it's ready:
Remember to use a plastic bottle. .The gases from the fermentation can crack a glass jar.
Those 2 liter soft plastic soda bottles will work just fine. Recycle, recycle.
Feel the bottle by squeezing the sides. When you've just filled it, it's nice and soft and squeezable. After about a day or 2....or 3, you can feel it's more resistant. Refrigerate the bottle once it's ready, to stop further fermentation.
There will be a little residue at the bottom. Not to worry, it's just the yeast. Throw the last bit away when you get to it.


4 servings


Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 5:12pm


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