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General FAQ

Can I make my own Ginger Beer Plant?
Can I reuse the GBP?
Do I have to get a 'baby sitter' if I go on holiday?
Do I have to use Special Acid Blend?
Do you do a free replacement of GBP?
Do you do Dry GBP?
Do you do ready hydrated Ginger Beer Plant GBP?
Do you ship to Australia and New Zealand?
Equipment. What do I need?
How do I make Ginger Beer?
How does temperature affect the brew?
How do I start?
How far apart do I have to keep GBP from WKG or Tibi?
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 hydrated 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?
Is ginger beer alcoholic?
Is GBP and Tibicos the same thing?
What do I need? Do I need lots of equipment and sterilising equipment?
What does the GBP look like?
What is Ascorbic Acid?
What is the Special Acid Blend? 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 you the best?
Why don't I see my currency when I click on my country?
Will you send instructions by post?

 

 

 Can I make my own Ginger Beer Plant?

No, the GBP is made up of two very specific organisms, Saccharomyces florentinus and Lactobacillus hilgardii. In order for you to make a GBP you would have to get both of these two organisms one of which is very rare in nature, the other common. You would then have persuade them to work together and make the blobs. This not something that spontaneously happens otherwise instead of having many little blobs you would suddenly get one big blob in your jar much like with Kombucha.

 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 stored in an a weak 5% Recovery Brew in an airtight container, such as a jam jar 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?

Special Acid Blend is a mixture of natural fruit acids designed to replicate the use of lemon for occasions when you either don't have any lemon, you don't want to cut a whole lemon for just a squirt or you don't want the flavour of lemon because you are using a different fruit that has little acidity. It is useful especially for those with a citrus intolerance as it contains none of the oils that those affected by intolerance are most sensitive to. What else can you do with the Special Acid Blend (SAB)? 1 level teaspoon of SAB is 2.66g or 2 and 2/3 of a gram. 1 level tablespoon of SAB is 14.8 g. 4g of SAB is the same as a lemon. If your recipe for cheese suggests 4 lemons for 4 pints of milk at 80C then just pop in 16g or a level tablespoon of SAB instead. Making Buttermilk/yogurt substitute. To make buttermilk for scones and other baked goods use just 1g, a good pinch or 1/2 a teaspoon of SAB in a 240ml cup of milk. Making farm cheese, quick mozzarella or cottage cheese. Anything you'd use lemon for. And Add to Sugar, add some flavouring for a sherbet dip or 'Fun Dip'. Add some bicarbonate of soda to it for fizz in the mouth. Coat home made sweets for extra tart taste. Add a pinch to cooking to add a little acidity if, say, a stew, etc is a little fatty. For de-scaling the kettle Getting lime scale off from around the taps and the sink. See below. You don't need much and it works a treat. I priced Kettle Descaler in Tesco, my SAB is cheaper per gram. If you're using it to descale your kettle then you know it's safe to drink from afterwards. If there's a bit of water left after making a cup of tea, just a pinch or two of this in the kettle while it's still hot brings it up a treat. Just rinse it out with cold water before using again. Add a teaspoon to a cup of warm water and run it through your coffee maker. Rinse with a cup of fresh water afterwards. Add a teaspoon to a tablespoon of hot water, dip in a piece of kitchen towel/paper, wrap it around the end of your scaled up tap, leave for 10 minutes then scrub with an old tooth brush. Repeat if needed. This works on shower heads too. Sprinkle a pinch around your taps when you're cleaning your sink. It will sparkle with no effort.

 Do you do a free replacement of GBP?

Do garden centres do free replacements for all their plants after a year? Does Apple do free replacements for their computers when yours has broken after 5 years or when you dropped it down the stairs? Does Ford do free replacement cars when you had a serious fender bender? No. If you follow my instructions there is no reason you won't have your Ginger Beer Plant to pass on to your grand children. I can't afford to post out free culture to people that 'forget to put theirs in the fridge when they went on holiday' or because 'they dropped it on the floor'. I have just the one culture yet I have to compete with all the companies that have 6 or seven different cultures. If you drop your pint in the pub then the landlord doesn't give you a free one. I get customers telling me that they 'threw out their Ginger Beer Plant' all the time because they 'forgot to feed it and it looked funny'. Id you look after your Ginger Beer Plant the way you should, then there is no reason you won't have it for your whole life. If you know you are going neglect your Ginger Beer Plant then insure it they way you would anything else you new you would break at some point.

 Do you do dry GBP?

Yes I send out dry GBP.

 Do you do Ready Hydrated GBP?

Only by special request to the UK. This is because the GBP will continue to ferment for the whole time it's in the post producing gases which will expand the packaging. If it's delayed in the post then the Ginger Beer Plant will starve or the packaging will burst leaking liquid out and damaging the packaging of itself and other valuables in the post.

 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 'shop' for your own culture.

 How far apart do I have to keep GBP from WKG or Tibi?

2 centimeters or 2 hundred kilometers it doesn't make any difference if you regularly move between the two. Just as with COVID. You could handle your WKG in China, fly to LA and then feed your GBP without thoroughly sanitising your hands and everything you've worn or used with the WKG and you've contaminated your GBP. It takes just one bacterium and one yeast from Tibi or WKG to contaminate the GBP. Assuming that those yeast and bacteria will double ever 2 hours in 2 weeks you can go from 1 yeast or bacterium to 3.7414442e+50 that's 3 with 50 digits after it 374,144,200,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
in 2 weeks! So, if you keep or you get your culture from someone who keeps several cultures and they don't observe strict clean-room protocols and, lets be clear, that means different clean clothing that is thoroughly sanitised after each use, an air lock, air filtration, flow chambers. I don't think my competitors do that. I don't have to because I only have the one culture which is why if you want Ginger Beer Plant then get it from me.

 How Do I make ginger beer?

Recipe

 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 £14.48 for a basic 7g of dried Ginger Beer Plant with on line 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 hydrated GBP be stored without using it?

It can be kept stored in a weak 5% Recovery Brew, in an airtight 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 hydrated 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 dispatched, 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.

 How much acid blend do I use?

About 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).

 Is ginger beer alcoholic?

Ginger beer brewed using a Ginger Beer Plant is alcoholic, 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 so reducing the amount of alcohol to levels in line with orange juice. So, more sugar and longer brews = more alcohol.

 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/glass, something to cover the jar, some sugar, citrous fruit or Special Acid Blend and any other flavouring, usually ginger, to give it little extra, a Food Grade Sieve is advisable but not essential and you won't need it for a while if you use a jam jar with a lid or cloth to strain the Ginger Beer Plant. When you're bottling and food grade funnel is handy. If you're buying one think about the neck of the bottles you'll use.

  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.

 What is Ascorbic Acid?

Ascorbic Acid / Vitamin C. Ascorbic Acid is pure vitamin C. It is a naturally occurring vitamin that most animals make for themselves. Unfortunately for us humans we don't produce any in our bodies so we have to eat or drink it. It is most abundant in fruits such as lemons, oranges, tomatoes, rose hips, Sea Buckthorn berries etc. It is an antioxidant which is something that prevents, as you might expect, oxidation, it helps to protect your cells from damage and in absorbing iron. It is for this last reason why you should contact your doctor before taking extra Ascorbic Acid if you have high iron levels. It is important not just in moping up free radicals in the body but in the formation and maintenance of tissues such as skin, bone, blood vessels, muscle, etc.. A lack of vitamin C is the cause of scurvy. The first signs of scurvy is easily bruising , broken veins, rashes, tiredness, muscle weakness, joint pain and even tooth loss. I provide Ascorbic Acid here as a way to mop up chlorine in water, however my Ascorbic Acid is pharmaceutical grade. You don't need much Ascorbic Acid in UK tap water, just 1mg/0.001g Ascorbic acid per litre just a tiny pinch per litre. In the US you need about 2mg per litre/10mg per 1 gallon based on 1PPM of chlorine, US tap water can legally contain 4 times that amount. Check the internet for your local tap water levels. There's approximately 0.3g of Ascorbic Acid in a whole average lemon. Always speak to your doctor before taking supplements. .

 Why are you the best?

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

 Will you send instructions by post?

Yes, you can choose any of the starter packs in the Shop

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Customer Reviews

Thank you for the very fast dispatch Our GBP arrived quickly, it was a breeze to use and is bubbling away nicely. My kids love it. Thank you.

Terry Ellis, Leicester

Your service is wonderful. I've bought GBP and top ups from you a few times now over the last few years. Your packaging is always really neat, the instructions you send are so helpful and I can't tell you how many of my friends have said how lovely the ginger beer is that I make.

Carla Hendricks, Milwaukee

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