Here is a Root Beer recipe fermented with Ginger Bug. We call it a Ginger Root Beer. Enjoy!
Root beer is a slightly fermented drink based on plant roots. It was created in 1876 by the American pharmacist Charles Elmer Hires. He thought he would call it "Root Tea", but in order to make it more popular among the Pennsylvania mining worker population, he chose to call it "Root Beer". Pharmacists promoted the health benefits of the root beer and it therefore became very popular in North America, especially during prohibition.
The recipe is very easy to prepare and requires only a few days of fermentation. The most difficult is to find the ingredients, but you can now get the Root Beer Blend directly from our online shop.
Ginger Root Beer Recipe
We chose to ferment this recipe with the aromas of sassafras and sarsaparilla using a ginger bug, but you could very easily adapt it to flavor a fruit kefir, or a kombucha.
For 3 liters (3 quarts) Root Beer
- 40 g (1/2 cup) of root beer blend
- 3 litres (12 cups) of non-chlorinated water (or filtered)
- 200 g (1 cup) sugar
- 180 ml (3/4 cup) of ginger bug
- 30 ml (6 tbsp.) of molasses.
- 15 ml (3 tsp.) vanilla extract.
- Boil 500 ml (2 cups) water in a large saucepan.
- Add root beer blend.
- Put heat on low and cover for 60 minutes.
- Remove from the heat
- Add sugar and mix until dissolved.
- Add the remaining water until reaches 3 litres of liquid. Your liquid should still be warm.
- Add ginger bug, vanilla extract and molasses.
- Mix well.
- Filter with a nut milk bag or coffee filter.
- Bottle it, then keep your bottles tightly closed at room temperature to start the second fermentation.
- After 24 hours, test whether it is sparkling by opening it, then closing a bottle immediately.
- If there are enough bubbles, then put your bottles in the fridge.
- If not, keep your bottles at room temperature and retest the next day until it's sparkling enough.
Enjoy your Ginger Root Beer with some ice cubes!