This homemade ginger beer is a refreshing beverage. If you find it too strong, or if you like some pizzazz in your drink, combine it with seltzer water in a ratio that works for you.
3 quarts water
1 pound ginger root, washed, unpeeled, and grated
1/2 cup lime juice (from 4 to 5 small limes)
1-1-1/2 cups light brown sugar, loosely packed
In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil, then remove from heat. Add ginger and steep overnight. Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing ginger to release flavor, then pour into bottle through a funnel. Add lime juice and 1 cup sugar; stir vigorously. Adjust to your taste with remaining sugar. Cover and store at room temperature; let mixture steep (and dregs settle) 24 hours. Decant to a second bottle with a tight-fitting screw top and refrigerate 3 to 5 days.
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