*  Exported from  MasterCook II  *
 
                         OLD-FASHIONED GINGER BEER
 
 Recipe By     : Homemade in the Kitchen
 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Beverages
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
      1/8  Teaspoon      champagne yeast
      3/4  Cup           lukewarm water (95 - 100F)
    2 1/4  Cups          sugar
   12      Cups          hot water (120-125F)
    4      Teaspoons     ginger beer extracts
 
 Add the yeast to the lukewarm water, and stir just enough to moisten the
 yeast. Set aside for 10 minutes, uncovered. Combine the sugar and hot water
 in a large (at least 3-quart) nonreactive bowl or pot. Stir until the sugar
 is totally dissolved, then stir in the extract. Add the yeast mixture and
 combine thoroughly. Using a funnel, transfer to the soda bottles, leaving at
 least 1 inch at the top of each bottle. Cap the bottles. Stand the bottles
 upright in a warm place (70-80F) for 5 to 6 days, until the soda is
 effervescent. Refrigerate before serving. The ginger beer should be ready to
 drink as soon as it has chilled.
 
 YIELD: about 13 cups
 
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 NOTES : Use empty soda bottles for this recipe, as they are designed to
 withstand the pressure of the yeast reaction. Rinse them out thoroughly with
 very hot tap water first; glass bottles can also be put through a
 dishwasher. If the bottles do not have screw-on resealable caps, substitute
 “crown” caps.
 
 Reduce the amount of sugar if you wish, but don't increase it, as this could
 alter the nature of the reaction and cause the bottles to explode.