To Start the Ginger Beer Plant
25 g (1 oz) Fresh Baker's Yeast
15 ml (1 tbsp) Caster Sugar
15 ml (1 tbsp) Ground Ginger
300 ml (1/2 pint) Cold Water
Blend yeast and sugar until they cream and form a liquid. Add ginger and water. Keep in jar with loose-fitting lid.
Each Day for the Next 10 Days Feed as follows:
5 ml (1 level tspn) Ground Ginger
5 ml (1 level tspn) Caster Sugar
Stir well and replace lid loosely.
After 10 Days Make Ginger Beer as Follows:
500 g (18 oz) Caster Sugar
900 ml (1 1/2 pints) Water
Juice of 2 Lemons
3.5 ltres (6 pints) Cold Water
Dissolve sugar in 1 1/2 pints water. Bring to the boil and cool before adding the well-strained lemon juice.
Strain ginger beer plant very well through clean sheet or similar (it should be clear). Keep sediment.
Add this liquid to the cooled mixture together with the 6 pints of water. Still well and syphon or pour into bottles leaving a good headspace for gas. (I use ex-plastic pop bottles or fizzy water bottles - it has to be something that will take the pressure and is less worrying than glass).
Leave in a COOL dark place for 1 - 2 weeks.
To make another plant to make more:
Halve sediment and place in two separate jars. Add to each jar:
10 ml (2 level tspns) Ground Ginger
10 ml (2 level tspns) Caster Sugar
1/2 pint water.
GIVE ONE AWAY AND PROCEED AS BEFORE