I love Ginger Beer!
Having said that, I find the traditional Ginger Beer to have way too much of a ‘kick’ for me. So, here is my recipe for a little bit of a tamed down and less sugary version.
Put this way, around here its like Mama Bear’s version of warm oatmeal with a little kick.
2 1/2 inches of grated ginger
12 cups of water
1 lemon or lime- juice and grated peel
2 to 2 1/2 cups of sugar (to your taste)
1 cinnamon stick or 3-4 sprinkle powder shakes (to your taste)
4-6 cloves or 4 sprinkle shakes of spice powder (to your taste)
Using a large pot, put all ingredients in and bring to a steady simmering. Let it continue to simmer for 30-45 minutes with lid on. Give it a stir occasionally.
Then, shut of heat and let cool a little before transferring to large jar with screw top lid. I like to put wax paper between lid and jar to keep lid from rusting. Keep jar in warm, dark place for 2-3 days.
After waiting acquired time, strain out all sediment. You can then transfer all liquid into smaller bottles or jars with screw top lids. I like using quart jars with the plastic screw tops.