Home Brew: Alcoholic Ginger Beer

There hasn’t been an awful lot that I have missed so far in my pound a day challenge. A couple of things I have missed or craved are; a bountiful supply of fresh citrus, sweet potatoes, courgettes and broccoli – all deemed too expensive unless I can find them in the staff veg bin at work. One thing I missed more than I expected was drinks, of the alcoholic variety. Now, I am by no means a big drinker. I rarely drink and am somewhat of a massive lightweight. I posses the ability to become intoxicated from a lone pint of cider. However, I do enjoy having a wee glass of cider on an evening or with lunch on my days off. Hey, don’t judge me!

I had deemed cider to be way out of my budget (did I mention I am a drinks snob? You won’t find me buying huge plastic bottles of grotesque drinks that have an odour resemblant of piss). I was expressing my first world conundrum to my lovely colleague one day at work last week and she had a brainwave. ‘Why don’t you just make your own? It’s really cheap and easy.’ Ans so it was. Last week I made my first ever batch of home brew ginger beer, the first of many to come. It was quick and easy to make, has a satisfying ginger kick and a gently fizz.

I got my recipe here. I followed it to a T and it worked out beautifully,

Home Made Old Fashioned Ginger Beer

Home Made Old Fashioned Ginger Beer

A fishbowl?!

A fishbowl?!

Look at the bubbles!!

Look at the bubbles!!

I was totally impressed by my first alcohol making experience. I am now on a mission to find cheap demi johns to take this to the next level.

Have you ever made your own alcohol? Do you have any home brew tips for amateurs?

Cheers!

Olivia ♥

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