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Rooibos Ginger Beer Recipe

The addition of Rooibos Tea to this traditional South African Ginger Beer Recipe subtly enhances the flavour.

It creates a refreshing, very slightly fermented, non-alcoholic fizzy drink


6 quarts [6 litres] cold water
24 Rooibos Teabags
2 lemons
3 Tbsp [45ml] ground ginger
1 tsp cream of tartar
4 oz [110g] seedless raisins
2 lb [900g] granulated white sugar
4 tsp [20ml] dried yeast [the instant variety]

You wil also need a large plastic bucket which is big enough to hold at least 8 quarts [8 litres] [preferably 10 quarts [10liters] of liquid]

Making the Rooibos Ginger Beer

Pour 2 quarts [2litres] of the cold water into a saucepan and add the Rooibos Teabags.

Bring to the boil over medium heat, remove from the heat immediately

Allow the Rooibos to infuse for 15 minutes, then remove the teabags, squeezing to return as much liquid as possible to the saucepan

In the meanwhile grate the zest of the lemon rind [the yellow/green of the skin] making sure not to grate the white pith of the skin. Juice the 2 lemons.

Add the lemon zest, juice, ginger, raisins and cream of tartar to the plastic bucket.

In a separate saucepan heat 1 quart [2 litres] of the remaining water until simmering, slowly pour in the sugar, stirring as you do so.

When all the sugar has dissolved remove from the heat.

Pour the now cooled Rooibos Tea into the bucket, followed by the hot sugar water, stirring as you do so.

Now, depending on the temperature of the Rooibos Tea mixture in the bucket, heat the remaining 3 litres of water to just above or below lukewarm and add to the Rooibos Tea in the bucket. You want the resultant mixture to feel neither hot nor cold but pleasantly warm to your finger. The temperature of the liquid is very important.

If the Rooibos Liquid feels too hot allow it time to cool, if too cold remove some of the liquid and heat it before returning to the bucket.

Once you have the Rooibos/ginger liquid at the right temperature sprinkle the yeast over the top of the water and leave until it is all dissolved.

Now stir the mixture well using a long wooden spoon or similar.

Cover with cling film and leave the, soon to become, ginger beer for +/- 6 hours, in a warm place but not in direct sunlight, during this time you should stir twice at about 2 hour intervals.

The mixture should be begin to make slight gurgling sounds [that's the best way I can describe it] and the raisins should start to spin

The raisins should now float to the top of the mixture, this indicates that your Rooibos Ginger Beer is ready to bottle.

Scoop out the floating bits and raisins, discard, keeping a few of the raisins behind. Reserve these.

Using a jug or some other container scoop out the Rooibos Ginger beer from the bucket and strain through a fine sieve into a jug with a pouring spout.

Pour the Rooibos Ginger Beer into clean plastic bottles with wide mouths. These should be strong 1 or 2 quart [1 or 2 liter] bottles, which should be filled to +/- 3 inches [8 cm] from the top.

Add 1 or 2 raisins, saved from those extracted from the bucket, to each bottle. Close with a tight fitting [airtight] cap.

Bottles, such as large size cool-drink bottles with narrow mouths should be avoided, if possible, as they will spout like champagne which has been shaken, on opening.

Let the ROOIBOS GINGER BEER ferment overnight.

Open each bottle carefully, unscrewing the cap slowly, so that the gas inside escapes in little puffs rather than a foamy liquid eruption.
When the excess gas has been released replace the bottle caps, screwing them on tightly to ensure an airtight fit.

NOTE:- If the liquid does not fizz, due to the water having been too hot or too cold for the yeast, you need to discard it and start again

Refrigerate your Rooibos Ginger Beer which will last for up to 10 days under refrigeration... If you have children I don't think it has an earthly chance of lasting anywhere near this length of time, even though the recipe makes just under 7 quarts [7litres].

You will find that the addition of Rooibos tea to this South African Recipe adds a pleasingly different and refreshing taste to your Ginger beer. This is in addition to adding the health enhancing qualities of Rooibos Tea to your Ginger Beer. Click on the fly out menu or use the links at the bottom of this page to access more uniquely South African Rooibos Recipes from Africhef

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