Lot 2: Ginger Beer

Lot 2 is an alcoholic ginger beer.

Ingredients (per half gallon):
2.5 cups of granulated sugar (plus 1/2 tsp for activating the yeast)
5 tbsp puréed ginger root
1.5 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp champagne yeast
About 24 oz of water (purified, not spring, and not the kind that have elements added for flavor)

I added all the ingredients (minus the yeast) in a glass bowl, then added about a cup of hot water (microwaved about for about 90 seconds), mixed them until everything dissolved together, and poured it into the half gallon jug. I then filled the rest of the bottle with water, capped it, and shook it for about 2 minutes.

I measured specific gravity at 1.079, which is about 10.5% alcohol.

After taking the SG reading, I activated the yeast (which I did not do with batch 1 of concord wine) by adding room temperature water to a cup, adding the yeast, stirring it together, then mixing in about 1/2 teaspoon of sugar. I then added this to my jug.

Ginger Beer-Batch 2