Homemade Ginger Beer

Traditional hot and spicy ginger beer with ginger bug and hot peppers.

5 from 9 reviews

Traditional ginger beer is easy to make at home. It is made with the ginger bug, which is a naturally forming yeast culture fed on ginger and sugar. Homemade ginger beer is refreshingly probiotic, spicy and delicious! It will also help soothe an upset stomach and alleviate nausea.


  • 3 1/2 cups water (chlorine-free)
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 4 to 6 tbsp sugar (see notes for options)
  • 1/4 cup ginger bug starter
  • 1 to 4 tbsp finely grated ginger (see notes)


  1. Mix all the ingredients in a 1 quart glass jar. Stir until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Cover with a piece of cloth or coffee filter held in place with a rubber band or metal ring. Place somewhere warm and dark to ferment for 3 days and give it a good stir each day. Ginger bug needs exposure to air for fermentation so don’t ferment in a sealed jar.
  3. After 3 days you should have bubbles forming at the top of the jar. Strain the mixture and bottle it in a bottle that can handle the carbonation. See notes for more details.
  4. Allow the ginger beer to ferment for a further 3 to 5 days to build up the carbonation. 
  5. Once it’s fizzy, store the ginger beer in the refrigerator and consume within four weeks.


  • It’s important to monitor the carbonation. Either use plastic pop bottles or swing-top bottles (affiliate link) that can handle the pressure of carbonation.
  • Check the carbonation by popping open the swing-top bottles every few days or squeezing a plastic bottle.
  • The more ginger you use, the more flavour you will have in your ginger beer. Also, the beer will ferment quicker with more ginger. It’s really a matter of personal preference whether you want to use 1 tbsp or 4 tbsp of ginger. If you aren’t certain, then use 2 tbsp, which is still quite mild. Likewise, the amount of sugar is optional. Using 4 tbsp will result in a less sweet ginger beer. For a typical ginger beer use the full 6 tbsp.
  • For a hot and spicy ginger beer, add a slice of hot pepper to the ferment, then remove it out when bottling. It will really give your beverage a bite!

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