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Natural Health => Nutrition & Food => Beverages => : K.I.S.S. March 23, 2007, 09:59:45 AM

: Ginger Ale
: K.I.S.S. March 23, 2007, 09:59:45 AM
Question about ginger ale in the NT cookbook......I made the ginger ale according to NT. It turned out really good. My husband and boys loved it and I liked too but it made me feel light headed after I drank it and kind of sick to my stomach. Is there any way that this drink could be alcoholic? That's kind of what the feeling reminded me of.....after drinking beer.The taste kind of reminded me of beer. So maybe it was my imagination. I do know I don't like how it made me feel. I may try to make it again and see if it does me that way a second time.
: Re: Ginger Ale
: healthyinOhio March 23, 2007, 03:44:43 PM
You actually liked the taste of it? :P
  Alright, what was your secret? Ha Ha!!
: Re: Ginger Ale
: K.I.S.S. March 26, 2007, 07:29:15 AM
Yes, the flavor was really good! Not just the flavor but it also is very fizzy like pop. Which is part why we like it, we gave up pop a long time ago. So it's a treat. But it's really strong so I mix a little carbonated water with it and that makes it perfect. My husband really likes it and wants me to make some more.

One thing I did do was I let it ferment 3 full days before I put it in the fridge and I left the ginger in it. I didn't filter it out before refridgerating it. It continues to gain fizziness as it sets in the fridge. To drink it, I strain a little into the glass and mix it with the carb. water.

About the way it made me light-headed...I tried it again with no ill affect. It must have been something else or my imagination.

One thing I still would like to know.....if there is any way this could be alcoholic????? The flavor reminds me of beer. I am new to laco-fermenting and I wonder if this could produce alcohol in any way.
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: healthyinOhio March 26, 2007, 08:52:59 AM
I am new to laco-fermenting and I wonder if this could produce alcohol in any way.

I believe that everything fermented has some level of alcohol.  Gabe even mentioned that canned soda has a certain level of it, too.  Perhaps, yours was high, or you are really sensitive to it?!  :-\
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: Kati*did October 23, 2007, 11:30:14 AM
I'm wanting to make some ginger beer or root beer (the regular way) but I was wondering if anyone has ever done it with really limited sugar -- enough to get things carbonated and all that -- and then sweetened the rest with stevia.  Even if you haven't done it, I'd appreciate any thoughts on how/if you think this might work.  TIA  :)
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: YoopreMama October 23, 2007, 12:04:54 PM
I'm wanting to make some ... or root beer (the regular way)...
Me, too!  :)
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: Kati*did October 23, 2007, 12:54:50 PM
I'm wanting to make some ... or root beer (the regular way)...
Me, too!  :)

Hey Yooper!  :D  Have you made it before?  Do you know how much sugar it takes to get good carbonation?  I might just have to experiment on this one.  Do you make rootbeer with extract (flavor) you can buy or do you use the herbs that can be mixed to get the flavor (I was reading about this somewhere)?
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: YoopreMama October 23, 2007, 01:53:45 PM
I know NOTHING about making root beer!  :D  I want to learn, though, so I hopped on your bandwagon. ;)  I'll share what I find out, though!

I made kombucha w/ ginger chunks and it tastes like ginger ale (when left out to develop carbonation). 
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: Kati*did October 23, 2007, 02:09:30 PM
I know NOTHING about making root beer!  :D  I want to learn, though, so I hopped on your bandwagon. ;)  I'll share what I find out, though!

I made kombucha w/ ginger chunks and it tastes like ginger ale (when left out to develop carbonation). 

Yeah, I made that and really liked it too (the kombucha).  But I never could get the sugar content low enough -- or rather, consistent enough.  So I want to try out this ginger beer or root beer thing.  I'll let you know how it comes out!   :D
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: specialedswife February 10, 2009, 11:10:24 AM
Has anyone made the ginger beer from Nourishing Traditions?  I've made it a few times successfully and now all of the sudden when it's sitting for a week waiting to be bottled it's growing tiny spots of mold.  Any ideas here? Thanks.