All posts tagged: ginger beer

Yahoo – and the peculiar tale of the missing Ginger Beer Plant

From what I have read ginger beer plants were very common in England at one time.There must be someone who still has it growing. I’m sure one will be found eventually. : -), Bruce Stordock, Yahoo GBP Group, September 2004 What a mysterious organism this GBP is, I wonder what happened to them all and where they came from in the first place? Beau, Yahoo GBP Group , September 2004 The ginger beer plant MUST be found!, Yahoo GBP Group You’d have thought – wouldn’t you? – that the ginger beer plant, common amongst home brewers in Britain for hundreds of years would have been sourced and found within a matter of months. Wrong. The ginger beer plant was, indeed, very common in Britain probably up until the 1970’s. To this day everyone in the UK still remembers an uncle, a grandmother, a friend or a neighbour brewing their own ginger beer. No children’s picnic was complete without lashings of the stuff. Most homes had a stone bottle of ginger beer in their pantry or cellar. …

KA POW – the explosive power of fizzy ferments!

In the same week that Putin annexed Crimea my home-made kvass detonated. Kvass, a typical Russian beverage, entails soaking dark rye bread in water overnight, straining the juices, adding sugar and leaving it to ferment. The recipe I used was a more modern interpretation of this ancient beverage and called for the addition of cultivated, packaged yeast and not the traditional sourdough starter. This combination – rather like modern Ukrainian-Russian relations – was explosive. We were away on holiday so thankfully no one got hurt. Had someone been standing next to our fridge they would almost certainly have been seriously injured or worse. The build up of carbon created by the mixture of sugar and cultivated, packaged yeast tore the glass apart at high velocity, which in turn forced the fridge door open and out shot small, sharp shards of glass. Every available surface area in the immediate vicinity was covered in a sickly brown liquid. Our Ukrainian baby-sitter, alone in the stillness of her bedroom above the kitchen and already nervy about events in …