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Can I brew with the dregs?

Can I reuse the GBP?
Can I do anything else with the GBP?

Can I make my own Ginger Beer Plant?
Do I have to get a 'baby sitter' if I go on holiday?

Do I have to use Special Acid Blend?
Do you provide Tracking?
Do you do Dry GBP?
Do you do Fresh GBP?

Do you ship to Australia and New Zealand?
How do I dry GBP

How do I make Ginger Beer? How do control the amount of alcohol in the ginger beer?
How does temperature affect the brew?

How do I start?
How is brewing with Ginger Beer Plant different to brewing with just yeast?
How is Ginger Beer Plant different to fizzy ginger beer from the shop?
How long does it take to make a brew?
How long can fresh GBP be stored without using it?
How long can dry GBP be stored without using it?
How long does it take for the GBP to arrive?

How much does it cost?
How much Special Acid Blend do I use?
How much can I brew with one batch?
I have moved to a different country and can't update my new address, what do I do? See 'Other PayPal Questions'
Is ginger beer alcoholic?
Is GBP and Tibicos the same thing?
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What do I need? Do I need lots of equipment and sterilising equipment?
What does the GBP look like?
What is the Special Acid Blend for? See Do I have to use Special Acid Blend?
What if I don't like ginger?
What else can I use the Special Acid Blend for?
Why are opinions on the alcohol content of ginger beer so varied?
Why are you the best?
Why don't I see my currency when I click on my country?
Will you send instructions by post?

 

 

Can I brew with the dregs?

Yes, very easily. You'll need to play with timings as it depends how much liquid you're adding and how much dregs you have, but it's a very good way to brew lots of ginger beer with not so much GBP.

Can I do anything else with the GBP?

Yes, with a brew that didn't go so well or by skimming off the top yeast or saving the dregs, you can make bread, Naan or flat breads work very well especially with the ginger flavour.

Can I make my own Ginger Beer Plant?

You would first need to get the component yeast and bacteria which are available for around $100 USD each, then create exactly the right conditions for the organisms to come together and form the blobs. They are found in nature but isolating them and bringing them together is impractical and costly as you would need specialist equipment or boundless luck. So it is much simpler to get one from someone. It is a bit like saying "can I make a puppy from scratch?" Yes, in theory, get back to me when you've done your phd :-)

Can I reuse the GBP?

Yes, of course, the GBP is a living organism held together in a matrix made by the GBP itself, it is totally natural. See photo and description

Do I have to get a 'baby sitter' if I go on holiday?

No, the GBP will be fine drained and stored in an airtight container in the fridge. You can also dry the GBP very easily, just spread it out on a non-stick surface and leave it to dry.

Do I have to use Special Acid Blend? What is the Special Acid Blend for?

The Special Acid Blend is an addition or replacement for lemon juice. You use it to add acidity, sharpness or tang to your recipes. Some fruits don't have much 'bite' so you will want to increase the acidity. Increasing the acidity also keeps out spoilage bacteria that can cause "off" flavours or a nasty smell. You may not want the flavour of lemon, you may not have fresh lemon or not want to cut a whole lemon just for a small amount. So, the Special Acid Blend is very useful to have and stores really well in an air tight container, it won't 'go off', it might just clump a little in a moist atmosphere so keep a lid on it. See also Uses

Do you provide Tracking?

Not as standard, if you require tracking you must contact me before ordering or ASAP afterwards, please be aware that tracking adds approximately £5.00 to the p&p.

Do you do dry GBP?

Yes I only send out dry GBP.

Do you do Fresh GBP?

Only by very special request. Please contact me for a price before placing an order telling me where in the world you live as I will need to calculate postage costs. Please note that dry travels better because fresh is continually fermenting producing gasses and is wet so the package can be prone to leaks. I will need to triple bag it and try to ensure that any expansion is contained. You will need to accept responsibility for any extra postage should the package expand due to fermentation and pay by donation as I won't accept responsibility for packages being detained because they leaked or expanded and burst. Dry is also only 10% of the volume of fresh.

Do you ship to Australia and New Zealand?

Yes, as a traceable business I have no problem sending to either country and have shipped there regularly since 2007.

How do I start?

That's easy, just click here for your own culture.

How do I dry GBP?

Just spread the GBP out thinly on a non-stick surface and leave it somewhere dry and warm.

How Do I make ginger beer?

Recipe

How do I control the amount of alcohol in the ginger beer?

To get more alcohol add more sugar, ferment for slightly longer and visa versa for less alcohol add less and ferment for a slightly shorter time.

How does temperature affect the brew?

Temperature variations are really confounding. GBP fermentation plotted against temperature is like an ocean wave as it approaches the beach. That is, it isn't symmetric it rises quickly, falls of quicker and each GBP component has a different wave. So you just have to be exited by not really knowing quite how it will turn out.

How is brewing with Ginger Beer Plant different to brewing with just yeast

Brewing with just yeast is okay you will get a fizzy drink with some alcohol, however the ginger beer brewed with a Ginger Beer Plant is much more complex because it contains not only a yeast but lactobacilli and other yeasts which all impart their own flavours to the brew. It is really incredible how such simple ingredients as just sugar and water can make such a complex taste.

How is Ginger Beer Plant different to fizzy ginger beer from the shop?

A shop bought ginger beer with the exception of one or two is just a sugary mix of flavourings with some added CO2. A ginger beer brewed with Ginger Beer Plant is very complex in flavour and a challenge to brew two bottles exactly the same so you'll not get bored with it.

How much does it cost?

All the prices are here on the website. Prices start at £12.50 for a basic 7g of dried Ginger Beer Plant with download instructions and support using my recipe which hydrates to approximately 50g. Just choose your location and click 'OK' you aren't committed to make any purchase until you click complete Checkout on the PayPal site.

How much Special Acid Blend do I use.

About 3g/a level teaspoon per litre to taste.

How long can fresh GBP be stored without using it?

It can be kept drained and stored in and air tight container for a couple of moths but check it for any signs of mould. You will need to perform Recovery Brews before using it again.

How long can dry GBP be stored without using it?

A customer recently told me that he kept a dry packet unopened in a kitchen cupboard for two years, he followed my instructions and the GBP recovered as if fresh without any problems. I have never tested this to failure and six months is my longest test on GBP kept at room temperature. It recovered as if a week old, but I suggest you use your GBP as soon as you can. This has just been rivaled by another customer who bought the GBP six years ago, kept it in the fridge and it recovered in 5 Recovery Brews.

How long does it take to make a brew?

You can make a very nice drink in a day or two depending how much GBP: water you have.

Ho long does the GBP take to arrive?

For the GBP to arrive, once despatched, it should take 1-2 days in the UK, 3-4 to Western Europe, 4-5 days to Eastern Europe and 5 days to the US, Canada, Australia and Rest Of the World but please allow for postal delays. Your GBP is sent first class mail.

How much acid blend do I use?

Up to 3g per litre or to taste.

How much can I brew with one batch?

The first brew, up to 4 litres but the culture grows quickly and you should be able to brew lashings of ginger beer very quickly using the first brew as starter (secondary ferment).

I have moved to a different country and can't update my new address, what do I do? See also Other Questions for paypal

There's two answers to this.

1. I can invoice you for service rather than goods to be sent.

2. This is PayPal's answer: If you're moving abroad, you’ll need to close your existing account and open a new account. If you maintain residences in 2 countries, you can have 2 PayPal accounts as long as only one is a Premier or Business account. So, open a new PayPal account it is much easier than you think. You can send money from one account to your other very easily and it's free, no costs, mark it "I'm sending money to family or friends" which is true unless you have a very odd relationship with yourself.

Is ginger beer alcoholic?

Yes, however you can control the amount of alcohol by varying the amount of sugar and varying the length of the brew time. You can also force carbonate to reduce the brew time further.

Is GBP and Tibicos the same thing?

No, the GBP is made up of the yeast Saccharomyces florentinus (Saccharomyces pyriformis), and the bacterium Lactobacillus hilgardii (Brevibacterium vermiforme) plus many more, while Tibicos and Water Kefir Grains are made up of Lactobacillus brevis plus many more yeast and bacteria. The exact composition varies from source to source and is further complicated by many people keeping Ginger Beer Plant, Tibicos and Water Kefir Grains which mix so readily as they require very much the same conditions. Of course my GBP has never come into contact with either Tibicos or Water Kefir Grains so it doesn't contain any of the organisms associated with them. Tibicos and Water Kefir Grain brews lack the complexity of flavour a brew made from Ginger Beer Plant has and Ginger Beer Plant brews are much more fizzy on the whole. Further to this they look different though perhaps only to the experienced eye. Tibicos tend be bigger as they're more aggressive and grow faster. Some people claim

What do I need? Do I need lots of equipment and sterilising equipment?

No, just a jar, something to cover the jar, some sugar, citreous fruit or Special Acid Blend and any other flavouring, usually ginger, to give it little extra.

What does the GBP look like?

This is the Ginger Beer Plant

What if I don't like ginger?

Then you can make it flavoured with all kinds of other fruits and vegetables. It is only called a Ginger Beer Plant because it was traditionally brewed with ginger.

Why are opinions on the alcohol content of ginger beer so varied?

The alcohol content of ginger beer will vary depending on how you brew it. If you brew it quickly, force carbonate, refrigerate and drink straight away the alcohol content will be very low, however if you add lots of sugar and ferment for a long time, and add more sugar when bottling it could be up to 4.5% or more in my experience, however measuring the alcohol is very difficult since a hydrometer will give false readings due to many by-products of fermentation.

Why are you the best?

My Ginger Beer Plant has been carefully maintained without any mixing from other cultures. We specialise in Genuine GBP so you can be 100% confident that you are getting pure GBP and not a mixture of other cultures.

Why don't I see my currency when I click on my country?

I'm sorry I just can't justify the time involved in all that work. I’m just one guy selling a few GBP’s a week. I’ve got a jar in the kitchen that I keep in the fridge of stock. I do everything myself from feeding the GBP to uploading the website, to answering questions, at all hours of the day, every day of the week. The few sales I get a week just barely pays enough to cover the basic costs. Every time I change the prices I have to edit 10 buttons times 2 for offers, each with up to 8 options, there’s 180 currencies, according to a quick Google, that would be 28800 edits to have to do each time the pound changed in value let alone sales or inflationary changes or other currencies changing, times 10 seconds, say for each edit, that’s 288000 seconds, or 800 hours or 100 days of 8 hour days every time I have to change the prices. I wouldn't have time to feed the GBP, send out orders or even go to the loo. Did I mention I have to work as well?

Will you send instructions by post?

Yes, you can choose any of the starter packs or add the printed instructions option otherwise you can download your instructions from the members Areas