How to make home-made Ginger Ale



  • 2 liter plastic soft drink bottle with cap
  • Funnel
  • Grater
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2-2 tblspns grated ginger root
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Brewers Yeast
  • Pure water


  1. Add 1 cup sugar to the 2 liter bottle with a dry funnel.
  2. Measure out 1/4 tsp brewers yeast - add yeast through funnel into the bottle; shake to disperse the yeast grains into the sugar granules.
  3. Use fresh ginger root - grate the ginger root to produce 1-1/2 tbspn grated root, place in the cup measure
  4. Juice a whole lemon, add the juice to the grated ginger and stir to form a slurry - add the slurry to the bottle.
  5. Fill the bottle to the neck with fresh cool clean water, leaving about an inch of head space, securely screw cap down to seal. Invert repeatedly to thoroughly dissolve sugar.
  6. Place in a warm location for 24 to 48 hours.
  7.  Test to see if carbonation is complete by squeezing the bottle, if it compresses easily it is not ready. Caution - Do not leave at room temperature longer than necessary to feel "hard." The excess pressure may explode the bottle or cause an eruption when you open it!
  8. Once the bottle feels hard, usually only 24-48 hours, place in the refrigerator. Before opening, refrigerate it overnight to thoroughly chill. Crack the lid in the morning to release the pressure slowly.
  9. Filter the ginger ale through a strainer to remove floating pieces of ginger.
  10. Clean, sterilize, re-rack and refrigerate bottle or serve ginger ale immediiately. There are no preservatives so it will not have the shelf life of store bought sodas! 


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