My beau and I are always on the hunt for the perfect ginger ale/beer. Both of us favor versions that are not too sweet, crisp and spicy. I finally decided to see if I could create a ginger ale at home to our tastes. To begin what I’m starting realize may be a very long endeavor, I made two versions.
One version came from a “ginger ale soda base” I bought at a home brewing store here in Knoxville. I added sugar, water and champagne yeast. This version was a deep brown.
The second version I made from fresh ginger that I simmered for 20 minutes before adding sugar and more water. It’s a very pale yellow. I added champagne yeast to this one as well for carbonation.
We had some folks over for dinner and decided to try these out. We had a ginger ale taste taste consisting of six different versions.
1. Blue Sky Jamaican Ginger Beer
2. Main Root Ginger Brew
3. Homemade Ginger Ale- fresh ginger
4. Schweppes Ginger Ale
5. Homemade Ginger Ale- ginger base
6. Red Rock Ginger Ale
All were tasty, but the favorites seemed to be:
2) The Main Root Ginger Brew, favored for it’s strong ginger taste (folks thought this was the one I made from fresh ginger, but was much stronger than the homemade version)
5) The homemade ginger ale made from base, which we liked because it was dark, spicey and even a little pine-y
6) Red Rock Ginger Ale, which I loved because it was mellow at first but then hit you with some ginger heat at the end.