Home-made ginger beer

September 5, 2018
Home-made ginger beer

“If there’s one thing my grandma is known for, it’s her deliciously sweet, home-made ginger beer. Over the years, it’s become something of an institution – and a requisite for the festive season – as she only makes it once a year, for Christmas. Trust me, no December is complete without litres of Ouma’s brew to go around.” Nicole Kemp, F&HE copy editor

This recipe is a tribute to Nicole’s maternal grandmother, Carol Nel.

Home-made ginger beer

Serves: Makes 7L
Total Time: 10 mins + overnight, to ferment


  • 7L (28 cups) cold water
  • 1kg white sugar
  • 2g (1 tsp) ground ginger
  • 5g (1 tsp) tartaric acid
  • 5g (1 tsp) cream of tartar
  • 85g (½ cup) raisins
  • 1 x 10g packet instant dry yeast



Place all of the ingredients in an extra-large glass jar. Mix until well combined. Cover with a clean tea towel. Set aside to ferment overnight.


When ready to serve, pour the ginger beer through a chinois or a fine-mesh sieve into clean glass bottles. Keep refrigerated.


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