Brewing Ginger Beer in a Bucket

ginger beer top

Today we’re going to show you how to brew ginger beer in a bucket. We’ve shown you the basics of brewing beer here, but it’s time for something slightly more complicated. Making your own ginger beer is well worth the effort, but if you don’t have time, there are a variety of delicious brands you can order online.

What you will need is as following:


-Two food grade buckets that can take more than 5 liters each
-A funnel
-A piece of cloth
-Measuring spoons/cups


All of this should be readily available at the nearest supermarket:

-4,5 Liters of cold water
-750 ml Sugar
-250 g Raisins
-12,5 ml Cream of Tartar
-10 ml Ginger
-7 ml Instant Yeast

ginger beer bucket stirring

Step one:

You start out by adding everything together. After you have mixed all the ingredients like you see in the picture above, it’s time to add the water. It will take a bit of stirring to get all ingredients to dissolve. Don’t use warm water in an effort to get it to dissolve faster, as the yeast is sensitive to high temperatures.

ginger beer yeast foam five gallon bucket ready

Step two:

Step two is simple: You will have to wait for the yeast to do its work. Twelve hours of patience should be sufficient to achieve the desired result. You will see a foamy layer on top of the mixture, along with floating raisins.

Step three: 

Now it’s time to sift our brew. We will need our cloth for this. Place the cloth over the bucket and slowly pour the mixture into the second bucket. You’ll be left with the solids in your first bucket and a clean brew in the second. Be careful with this, don’t spill your brew.

Step four:

Now you just need to pour the liquid into bottles, using a funnel. Those bottles can then be stored in a fridge, to cool down your ginger beer.

cocktail ice lemon ginger

Make a cocktail!

When you serve the ginger beer, you can serve it pure, or you can make a cocktail! Add one part rum to two parts of ginger beer. Take a slice of lemon, squeeze a few drops into the glass, place the slice of lemon on the glass, then finish your cocktail off with some ice. Your friends will be impressed when you tell them you brewed the ginger beer yourself.

What to do with the leftover material?

When you serve the ginger beer, you could add back a few raisins from your other bucket. The leftovers from your other bucket can also be stored and used when brewing more ginger beer. You could also use the material when baking a raisin cake. Most of the alcohol left will evaporate and leave an aromatic taste.

Five Gallon Bug Out Bucket

Sometimes things happen that require you to suddenly leave your house overnight and head elsewhere. It’s common for many people living in remote places to have a bug out bag ready, a bag filled with things they can use if they ever need to leave their house unexpectedly overnight.

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Using five gallon buckets for survival purposes

Sometimes things around us go wrong overnight. When we find ourselves in such a situation, we wish we had prepared better. It’s best to prepare now, now that we still have the means to do so.

Over the years, we’ve shown you a lot of different ways that you can use five gallon buckets to live through potentially catastrophic situations. Here are a few of the most important ones we can recommend to you to check out:

    • Using buckets for long term food storage. This article shows how to store food for extended periods of time and how to make sure the food stays dry. It also gives advice on the type of food you need.
    • Gathering wild oysters with a bucket. This article explains how to gather wild oysters. Oyster reefs are one of the largest most accessible sources of wild animal protein available.
    • Grow a potato farm in buckets. Compared to cereal grains, tubers like potatoes are relatively easy to grow and harvest without complex machinery. They’re ideal to grow when your main priority is survival.
    • Growing sweet potatoes in buckets. Sweet potatoes are similar to regular potatoes, but they’re healthier and prefer warmer climates.
    • Growing Sunchokes in a bucket. This is not just another potato-like crop to grow. Sunchokes contain a form of energy known as Inulin, which is broken down by bacteria in your gut. As a result, sunchokes can be eaten by diabetics as a form of emergency food when they don’t have access to insulin.
    • Growing your own Oyster mushrooms. Growing oyster mushrooms requires you to have some good substrate. If you can get this working, you can produce a lot of food from waste material like sawdust, without needing access to sunlight. You could grow food secretly in your own house, without anyone noticing.
    • How to make an Emergency Water Filter. We recommend buying a portable water filter in advance, but if that’s not an option when things to wrong, you can try building one yourself.
    • Seed Vault. This article explains how to build your own emergency stash of seeds, to sow when you need to rely on food you can grow yourself.
    • DIY Biodiesel. When things go wrong, you may still need a form of transportation, to transport goods. Biodiesel can give you just that and you can produce it yourself at home.



How to automatically water your plants while you’re on vacation

If you have plants in your house that you want to keep hydrated while you’re on vacation, you could ask someone to enter your house every day to do it for you. Alternatively, you can use a rope or a shoelace. This is called wick watering. It involves making use of the capillary action of a piece of rope, where water can simply crawl upwards.

Look at the principle at work here:

All that’s necessary now is to place the rope near a pot with a plant. When you place the rope in the water, it will take a few hours for the rope to begin wicking out the water, so don’t expect to see water dripping immediately.

A good implementation of wick watering plants can be seen here: