| | To
make a fruit soda or ale, make a tea or tisane with fruit, water and
sugar. Steep overnight. Strain. Add yeast starter, oover and after it
begins to ferment, wait 1-6 days depending on how strong or how sweet
you want it to be.
A large, 2-gallon glass or plastic container
Plastic soda pop bottles -- 7 or 8 pint bottles with caps .
Airlock (piece of non-biodegradable plastic and sturdy
rubber band) for the large container
1 gallon of water
1 pint of starter
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
a cup of raspberries
1 tsp sugar
syrup per pint
- Put sugar
quarts of water in a non-metallic saucepan
bring to a boil.
- Remove from
- Put the
of tartar into the 2 quarts of cold water and mix with the hot liquid.
- When cooled
to lukewarm or tepid, pour
into a large, glass container that is no more than 2/3
full and add starter.
This is a piece of plastic secured with a rubber band over the opening
of the bottle so that gas can escape but bugs cannot get in.
- Do not use
- Set in
fermentation begins, wait 5 days.
raspberry puree by putting
raspberries into blender and add to fermenting liquid.
- Allow it to
continue to ferment for another
2-3 days or until signs of fermentation are slowing down..
- Pour liquid through cheesecloth or sieve
to filter out raspberry pulp.
- Pour or
siphon into clean plastic soda pop bottles.
an inch of airspace in each bottle.
- Add a
teaspoon of sugar
syrup per pint to each bottle (honey, golden syrup or corn syrup can be
a plastic cap. Give it a light squeeze to make sure no air is going in
bottles are firm to the touch and cannot be squeezed, the ale is
carbonated and ready to drink. (As this beer is unhopped it will
not keep as long as hopped beer, and should be refrigerated after
carbonation and drunk shortly.)
This bottle is not ready.
Note: If plastic bottle feels like glass
when you try to squeeze it, it is over-carbonated. Slowly and carefully
unscrew the bottle top just enough to let some gas out, and then
re-screw it back on.
The timing of when to
bottle ale is adjustable, depending on what you want to achieve.Once it
is actively fermenting, you can bottle it and it will carbonate. The
sooner you bottle it,
the sweeter and less alcoholic it will be. To make a
soda pop type ale, bottle on day 2 or 3.