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How to Make Non-Alcoholic Ginger Beer

Wouldn’t it be refreshing to enjoy a cold non-alcoholic ginger beer on a warm day? A drink that tantalizes the taste buds with its zesty flavors while being a delightful alternative to the alcoholic version.

So, how can you brew your very own non-alcoholic ginger beer at home? The straightforward answer is by briefly fermenting ginger with sugar, lemon, and water.

Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of the process.

How to Make Non-Alcoholic Ginger Beer: A Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Gather Your Ingredients:
    • Fresh ginger root (about 200g)
    • 1 cup of granulated sugar
    • 2 lemons (juiced)
    • 8 cups of water (filtered is best)
    • 1/4 teaspoon of active dry yeast (used for carbonation)
  2. Prepare the Ginger Juice: Start by peeling and then finely grating the ginger. Using a fine sieve or cheesecloth, squeeze out as much juice as you can. This ginger extract will form the base of your ginger beer.
  3. Mixing and Dissolving: In a large pot, combine the water and sugar. Heat slightly until the sugar is fully dissolved. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature before proceeding.
  4. Adding the Flavors: Once the sugar water is at room temperature, add the ginger extract and lemon juice, stirring thoroughly.
  5. Introducing the Yeast: Sprinkle the active dry yeast into the mixture. This yeast will produce the carbonation, but as we won’t be fermenting it for long, it won’t produce alcohol.
  6. Let It Ferment: Transfer the mixture to a clean, sealable bottle or jug, leaving about 2 inches of space at the top. Seal it tightly. Let it sit in a warm spot for about 24 to 48 hours. Keep an eye on it to ensure it doesn’t over-ferment and risk the bottle bursting.
  7. Bottle and Refrigerate: After fermentation, use a funnel and sieve to transfer the ginger beer into clean bottles, leaving an inch of space at the top. Seal the bottles and refrigerate immediately. This halts fermentation and keeps the drink non-alcoholic.
  8. Enjoy! Serve your homemade non-alcoholic ginger beer chilled, perhaps with a slice of lemon or lime for added zest.


How long does homemade non-alcoholic ginger beer last? Typically, it should be consumed within 1-2 weeks when stored in the refrigerator.

Can I add other flavors to my ginger beer? Absolutely! People often add mint, pineapple, or other herbs and fruits for a twist on the classic flavor.

Why is my ginger beer not fizzy? It might be due to less fermentation time or inactive yeast. Make sure your yeast is fresh and allow proper fermentation for carbonation.

Is it safe to consume the yeast in the ginger beer? Yes, the amount of yeast used is minimal and safe for consumption.

Can I make a larger batch? Certainly! Just scale up the ingredients proportionally.

What’s the difference between ginger beer and ginger ale?
Ginger beer is a fermented beverage with a strong, spicy ginger flavor, sometimes slightly cloudy due to fermentation. Ginger ale is a carbonated soft drink with a milder ginger taste, often clearer and sweeter. While ginger beer is traditionally made through natural fermentation, ginger ale is typically carbonated with added carbon dioxide. Neither is typically alcoholic.


Making non-alcoholic ginger beer at home is both satisfying and simple. By following the steps above, you can relish a refreshing drink crafted by your own hands.

Whether you’re sipping it on a sunny afternoon or serving it at gatherings, your homemade ginger beer is sure to be a hit. Enjoy!