Coopers Ginger Beer

Ginger Beer Troubles!

A few weeks ago I brewed a Coopers Ginger beer in hope that it would be ready for summer. During the brewing process I think I forgot to wash out the steriliser from the fermentation bucket, I was daydreaming as I’ve done this process so many times now!

So I let the ginger beer sit in the living room for a few weeks and it has been fermenting. Judging by the bottom of the fermentation bucket it looks like the yeast has been busy. It was time to start the secondary fermentation.

To save a few hours of sterilising bottles and equipment I transferred the ginger beer in to a keg, not something I like to do as it becomes far too easy to access the beer! I keep my beer in the shed which keeps it out of sign, out of mind!

I did some research online and  I found that if you don’t wash out the steriliser with cold water it may kill the yeast. It seems to depend on which steriliser you use though. I was using Richies steriliser bought from Wilkinsons. So far my batch of ginger beer looks ok, I may have even washed out it and it will be fine, who knows.

If anyone has had a similar experience with forgetting to wash off the steriliser from buckets and equipment please post a comment.


Make your own ginger beer

Make your own ginger beerIf you’re going to make your own ginger beer that’s alcoholic of course, I highly recommend using Cooper’s Ginger Beer Kit. It’s easy to make, you just need 1kg of sugar and approximately 35 bottles or a keg.

The results are a really good ginger beer that tastes just like the ones you find on the high street shelves but a lot cheaper!  The alcoholic content is about 3% takes about a week in the fermenter then a further 2-3 weeks secondary fermenting in the beer bottles.

I’ve made the ginger beer in a keg last summer but not being able to easily chill the keg made the bottling a better choice.

Cooper’s Ginger Beer

Coopers Ginger BeerTook a trip to Brewgenie in Hall Green, Birmingham, UK, yesterday and picked up a Cooper’s Ginger Beer and a Brewferm Triple beer kits and some nice Young’s swing top bottles.

Today I got the Ginger Beer (£10.95) up and running, it was a straight forward, going for the alcoholic version, which should be about 3.5% and make 20 litres of ginger beer.  I need to decide now whether to bottle it or put in a keg.

1KG of sugar, 18 litres of water and yeast were needed for the fermentation.

Pictures of the process are here:

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