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Making ginger beer

Previously, we wrote about growing ginger. Now what do you do?

I am sure you have had ginger ale, the sweet, mass-produced beverage that you may have when you are sick or as an alternative to other sodas. However, have you ever had ginger beer?

Ginger beer is a much less sweet, non-alcoholic version of ginger ale; and if you like spicy, tart, and refreshing, then you will really like this. A way to understand the difference is this: ginger ale is sweet with a little spice from the ginger; ginger beer is spicy, with a little sweet from the sugar.

If you want the recipe for a quick and delicious version of ginger beer, check out this article at Serious Eats. There you will get a little more background on this drink and the recipe itself. Photo courtesy: Peter Reed -