Authentic Ginger Beer Plant (GBP) is very RARE. We are the ONLY UK Supplier of wet (not dried), fully active Ginger Beer Plant (GBP) on the internet. We take great care to ensure our culture is never contaminated by other cultures and remains true Ginger Beer Plant. Due to this, and the fact it can grow quite slowly, we often run out of stock on this product and sometimes it can remain out of stock for some time. Please contact us if you require an estimate of when this product will be back in stock.
Authentic Ginger Beer Plant dates back to around the 1700's and is not a plant at all. Instead, it is a living probiotic culture. This culture forms a gelatinous cluster which moves about within its jar naturally, and used correctly can allow you to make a lifetime's supply of authentic, naturally fizzy alcoholic Ginger Beer that used to be commonplace in most UK households. Our culture came home with us from Germany almost a decade ago, and we have been helping UK households brew alcoholic Ginger Beer ever since. Why not buy Ginger Beer Plant UK and get making real Ginger Beer at home today.
The Ginger Beer Plant is made up of two organisms, the yeast Saccharomyces florentinus (Saccharomyces pyriformis) and the bacterium Lactobacillus hilgardii (Brevibacterium vermiforme). Ginger Beer Plant at first looks very similar to Water Kefir. However, it produces much more alcohol and carbon dioxide than Water Kefir can, resulting in a much more "beer-like" beverage. At first, it can be difficult to spot the difference between Ginger Beer Plant and Water Kefir cultures. Ginger Beer Plant grains never quite get as big as Water Kefir grains and have a slightly more opaque look to them. The grains look more like a sandy sludge. The culture also grows much slower than Water Kefir does. Sadly you still find many people selling Water Kefir as Ginger Beer Plant online. Here at BuyProbiotics were happy to sell authentic Ginger Beer Plant to our customers.
Ginger Beer Plant is more of a treat for us rather than something we consume daily. You can expect a batch to range from 2% - 5% alcohol content with some residual sugars left over too. We recommend it be drunk only by adults and if you're sensitive to alcohol or need to abstain from it altogether, then we don't recommend drinking it at all. Although it still contains some probiotic bacteria that are great for overall health, you don't need another lecture on drinking alcohol responsibly. So please be mindful of it. However, if you love Ginger Beer and want to try your hand at making your alcoholic version easily at home, we think your love our Ginger Beer Plant culture as much as we do.
What to do once your Ginger Beer Plant arrives
Once you receive your Ginger Beer Plant culture from us, it's important to get it fermenting as soon as possible. If your unable to do that right away, you can place the culture in the fridge for a further 24 hours. Your order will contain 10g of Ginger Beer Plant culture. This is enough to make a 500ml bottle of Ginger Beer.
What equipment do I need
You need something to brew your Ginger Beer in. We recommend using something glass. Glass is much easier to clean and keep sterile. Plastic tends to degrade over time and is prone to scratches which can harbor unwanted bacteria. Plastic also carries a risk of chemical contamination from the materials contained inside of it such as BPA. A glass Kilner style jam jar is perfect to use.
Your also need a plastic strainer and a plastic stirring spoon. We do not recommend using metal, Ginger Beer is quite acidic and can react to coming into contact with metal.
We also recommend you buy a water filter to remove the chlorine from your tap water. You can use bottled water, but this tends to get expensive.
You also need something to cover your jar with. We recommend paper kitchen towels as they are easy to discard and replace. You can also use a muslin cloth or similar if you wish. Rubber bands also come in handy to secure the cover to the jar.
You also need some bottles to store your Ginger Beer in. Again we recommend using glass bottles only. We find swing/flip lid style bottles work best with Ginger Beer.
It is useful to get a plastic funnel to help pour the liquid into the bottles.
Glass/plastic measuring Jug
It is also useful to have something to decant your strained mixture into. Glass or plastic measuring jugs are perfect.
What ingredients do I need?
You only need 3 ingredients to make Ginger Beer, Ginger, water and sugar. We prefer to use fresh ginger, but you can experiment with dried ginger or ginger powder if you prefer. The water used must not be chlorinated. This is very important as chlorine will damage and possibly kill your Ginger Beer Plant culture. It is important only to use refined white sugar.
Ginger Beer Plant likes an acidic environment. There are some ways you can achieve this. You can use Ascorbic Acid (Pure Vitamin C), Citric Acid, Cream of Tartar or Lemon Juice. Add approx 1 teaspoon of any of these to each brew that you make. Failure to do so can lead to a build-up of unwanted bacteria in your brew, leaving a slime like substance which is unpleasant to drink.
You need to activate your Ginger Beer Plant; this is to revive them from the shipping process. Add 250ml of non-chlorinated water to your jar. Add one tablespoon of sugar (15g) and stir, so the sugar begins to dissolve. Add half a teaspoon of your chosen acidifier. Place your Ginger Beer Plant into the jar and cover it. Leave them for 48 hours. Strain out the Ginger Beer Plant and discard the sugar water. Your Ginger Beer Plant is now activated and ready for your first brew.
The First Brew
Pour 500ml of non-chlorinated water into your jar. Add two tablespoons of sugar (30g) per 10g of Ginger Beer Plant and 1 teaspoon of your chosen acidifier. Stir the water mixture, so the sugar begins to dissolve. You can use warm water if you wish, however, we have never found any real need for this. Never use boiling/hot water. This will harm the Ginger Beer Plant culture. Always allow any water to cool back down to room temperature (21 Celsius) if needed before continuing.
Now add two tablespoons of chopped ginger (25g) to the sugar/water mixture. Do not chop the ginger to finely. This will make it difficult to remove from the brew later on. We recommend chunks around 1-2cm wide. Add your Ginger Beer Plant (10g) to the mixture. Cover the jar and leave it at room temperature (21 Celsius) out of direct sunlight for 72 hours.
Never leave any fermenting product in direct sunlight. This can lead to unwanted bacteria and pathogens forming.
The second brew
Strain the mixture into a measuring jug. Remove the old chunks of ginger. Now repeat the process from the start, making another batch of Ginger Beer from scratch.
People ask how often they need to clean their fermentation jar. We tend to use a clean jar each time ourselves here at Buy Probiotics to keep our kefir making process as hygienic as we can. However, many of our customers tend to clean their fermentation jars on a weekly basis.
Bottling the Ginger Beer
It is now time to bottle your brew. At this point, you can either choose to add more ginger back to the strained mixture or leave it as it is. This is a taste preference. Adding more ginger will make a much fierier tasting Ginger Beer. Experiment to find your preference.
Using your plastic funnel, pour the mixture into your glass bottles, and seal them by closing the swing top caps. If you are adding more ginger, it's usually easier to place these directly into the bottles beforehand. Place the bottle at room temperature for 24-48 hours.
You should start to see the mixture is now carbonating.
The Ginger Beer is now ready to drink. Place your bottles in the fridge to cool. Be very careful when opening the bottles. Ginger Beer Plant produces an extremely fizzy beverage that is prone to exploding out the bottle. Strain out any pieces of ginger if needed, and you can now enjoy your Authentic Ginger Beer.
Your Ginger Beer Plant will grow quite slowly, but grow none the less. A good rule of thumb is to use 2 tablespoons of sugar per 10g of Ginger Beer Plant. With a maximum 20g of Ginger Beer Plant per litre of water. To much sugar or too much Ginger Beer Plant can lead to problems.
I've followed these steps, and nothing is happening.
Ginger Beer Plant very hardy. It's unlikely they would have died during the shipping process. If you are experiencing problems, please do get in touch with us. Don't worry, were always more than happy to resend more Ginger Beer Plant if required.
Why does my Ginger Beer have slime in it?
The Ginger Beer Plant needs a low pH to make a 'clean' brew. It does lower the pH itself, but sometimes it needs a helping hand especially at the start of the brew when 'bad' bacteria have it easy. If you have a well established, very activeGinger Beer Plant, you might be able to get away without acidifying it, but in the long term, you will need to lower the pH. The brew can get smelly or go very slimy if you don't get the pH low quickly enough in the brew. We recommend always using an acidifier.
Going on holiday?
If you're planning on going on holiday, you're probably concerned about leaving your Ginger Beer Plant unattended. Don’t worry though. Place them in a fresh batch of water and sugar and pop the jar into the fridge. It will keep like this for 2-3 weeks.