Anarchist Alcohol: Ginger Ale!

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Alcohol, Anarchism / Voluntaryism | Posted on 18-05-2014

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PREFACE: This is a crappy incomplete draft that is poorly thrown together, but… meh… Clicking “Publish” anyways. Enjoy!

Holy mind-blowing wow! This batch of ginger ale has turned out simply spectacular!

But what does ginger ale have to do with alcohol? Or anarchism? Well, one question at a time…

Alcoholic Ginger Ale

Scroll down for the tl;dr that explains it in less than 5 seconds.

Making alcoholic ginger ale is much easier than you’d probably guess. There are a lot of recipes around, but I’ll sum it up quickly here. (Amounts are approximate – check recipes online, but consider going heavy on their recommendations as the results seem better that way.)

  • Lots of ginger.
    Aim for around 50 g per liter of water for a nice strong ale.
  • Lots of sugar.
    Yeast eats sugar to produce C2H5OH – ethanol – alcohol – BOOZE!
    Aim for around 50-75 g per liter of water.
  • Yeast.
    Yeast ferments the drink.
    Aim for around 1/2 a tablespoon per liter of water.
  • Filtered water.
    Use good water. Toxins in the water (fluoride, chlorine) can retard the fermentation process.

For the sugar, use better quality sugar, e.g. raw sugar, organic sugar, light brown sugar, but not pure shite, err… white sugar. You can use white sugar, but why? You might want to add in a tablespoon of molasses if you use white sugar to give it some more colour, but don’t use too much as it will heavily flavour your ginger ale. Do not try using an artificial sweetener. You can use caster sugar (icing sugar). I make my own caster sugar from normal sugar, and I do that for each batch of ginger ale.

While any decent brewing site will tell you to use “proper” yeast, you don’t need to. You can get perfectly acceptable results with baker’s yeast that you may very well have in your pantry already. Try that first. Let the specialty stuff come later as you experiment more.

Now, with the ginger, mince or grind or grate or pulverize the bejeez out of it. Really. Get that ginger as fine as you can. You don’t have to, but you’ll get a much higher surface area and get more flavour out of it if you do.

Mix the sugar and ginger with some water and get that all dissolved, slowly adding in more water. You don’t need to add in all the water you’ll be using at this point. While you’re mixing, add in the yeast. You can do this all in a blender.

When you’re done mixing it together, let it sit in a warm room for 2 days. After 2 days, take a funnel and some cheese cloth or muslin or something to filter the ginger pulp out, and pour the liquid into a bottle between 1/4 and 1/3rd full, but not more than 1/2 full. Put in a teaspoon of sugar – don’t miss this (this is for secondary fermentation that gives you carbonation). Top up the bottle with water to around 75-85% full. You MUST leave room for some air in there or the bottle will EXPLODE!

tl;dr for alcoholic ginger ale

Mix ginger, sugar, yeast and water. Let sit for 2 days. Put in a bottle with some sugar and air room at the top. Let sit for a day. Put in fridge. Let cool. Drink!

Now, making ginger ale is pretty easy, but WTF does that have to do with anarchy?

Anarchist Alcohol

Defund the state. Defund corporations that cooperate with the state.

Every penny you give to the state in taxes goes towards violence against you and others. By refusing to let the state have any more of your money than they forcefully steal from you, you are helping to defund them. With alcohol being heavily taxed, if you brew your own drinks, you are withholding money that otherwise would have been wasted.