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Bastard Stepson Ginger Beer


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As if life wasn't already tough enough for this ginger, his bastard brother always seemed to make matters worse. Truth be told, the ginger was always the better of the two bastard brothers, but when trouble came for one it always seemed to come for the other..

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As if life wasn't already tough enough for this ginger, his bastard brother always seemed to make matters worse. Truth be told, the ginger was always the better of the two bastard brothers, but when trouble came for one it always seemed to come for the other.

The combination of a lightly hopped cream ale and gourmet ginger beer flavor results in the classic hazy tan appearance of traditional ginger beer soda with all the right flavors. Prominent aromas of spicy ginger and a slight sugary sweetness greet you up-front, but then take the back seat to a wave of gripping ginger bite and creamy syrup-like flavor. Smooth drinking with a long, bracing and distinctive finish.


Spicy ginger with a slightly sugary aroma


Light tan with a traditional hazy ginger beer appearance


Spicy ginger, moderate sweetness, creamy syrup notes


Smooth, medium body with a long lingering finish

Overall Impression   

Expressive classic ginger beer appearance and aroma with mild hop bitterness and a spicy ginger punch.

Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick here for Bastard Stepson Ginger Beer Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleUSA
Original Gravity1054
Total Time to Make6 weeks
2.8 / 5.0
14 Reviews
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Brewed this beer without problems. Instructions clear and easy to follow. When adding the ginger extract, it's suggested that you add a little or all...your choice. I added all. The result was an awesome, brisk, somewhat bitey ginger beer! It has a definite ginger snap, which we happen to like a lot. (If you're thinking "moscow mule" with a kick - I found this didn't work to my taste.) This will be a keeper for sure. An aside - I wonder about a marginal review when the issues were user error, not a problem with the product.
May 10, 2016
My batch has only been carbonated about a week and a half, but I had to check out a bottle. Cloudy, with a thick white head. Pretty strong ginger bite. If you like ginger beer, this turns out a good one! One note- instead of the little packet of sucralose that comes with the kit, I added 1 cup of xylitol at bottling time. I wanted just a hint of sweetness without any 'fake sweetner' off-taste. The xylitol was just the right amount.
June 8, 2016
I'm sorry, but I found this beer utterly delightful. Perfect summer quaffing, and a favorite of others who tried it. Definitely making it again.
August 31, 2016
Gilligan's age old question - prefer Mary Ann or Ginger??
This Ginger a littler cloudier than anticipated (unless I did something wrong), pay attention to the directions and the addition / portion of the ginger as there was residue. Mine yielded slightly over 4 gallons into the secondary, but poured in the whole addition - OH Ginger, but still tasty! ML
June 24, 2016
Second time is charm
My first batch went sour. NorthernBrewer replaced it for the cost of shipping. Second time, worked great. My wife and I like this one so much, we just ordered a new batch to make some more. I don't know if I will be able to make this one fast enough to always have it in my fridge. I like to add a little absinthe and crown royal to it over ice cubes and mint. What a great brew.
July 16, 2016
I love ginger beer, but the flaw in this kit it the saccharine sweetness added. I wrestled with the recipe for an our about pitching that stuff into my secondary....... maybe half? maybe none? Then decided the people who "know" and wrote the recipe know best. NOT. For me, it would have been much better to skip the artificial sugar, or try lactose, but not to ever add that stuff to my beer again. Nobody would even help me drink the stuff...... hung around for a whole year before it was gone - had to develop a taste for it. But if you like Diet Coke, you'll probably love it. Skip the Saccharine
October 13, 2017
1 year ago
Worst beer ever
I brewed this beer and it was by far the most horrible tasting beer I've ever had way to much ginger and I only used half of the package I wound up pouring it all down the drain.
March 15, 2017
Response from Northern Brewer
Thanks for the review. We are sorry to hear of your disappointment with this kit. We aim to please and our customer service team will be in contact soon to help with our kit guaranty.
March 16, 2017
Todd JStaff
Only beer I've Ever Dumped
I'm incomplete agreement with Phil. Except I only added half the ginger flavoring and half the sweetener. I sampled it when transferring to the secondary and it was a pleasant plisner. But after adding the artificial ginger flavoring and sucrulose and letting it set for about four weeks in secondary we sampled again and both my wife and I found it disgusting. I'm open to the possibility I may have done something wrong but I don't think so. I think I should have taken my buddies advice and added fresh ginger and no sweeter. But honestly, this is the first beer that I dumped 5 gallons of down the drain it was that bad. And I have brewed many beers.
September 6, 2016
Response from Northern Brewer
Hi Bill,

Sorry to hear you didn't like the kit! We do have a kit replacement guarantee where we can send you a replacement kit of around equal value if you're willing to cover the $7.99 shipping. Give us a call at 1-800-681-2739 if you'd like to take us up on that!
November 21, 2016
Northern Brewer
Sweetner flavor dominates
I was really really looking forward to this beer, made it for my homebrew club xmas exchange. I read the reviews but added the whole sweetener packet (Why, God?! WHHHYYYY?) and it is *horrible*. There is no way I am giving this to my friends. The fake sweetener dominates and permeates. Now I have to scramble to brew another batch and put a drink on date on the exchange bottles. Sad, mad, wasted money and time. And BEER! Bummer. I might be willing to try again, afraid to though. ABV was 4.46 at bottling.
November 26, 2016
Sucralose !!!!!!!
I used half the ginger extract and half the sweetener not realizing it was sucralose. Both my wife and daughter caught it immediately with the taste as they hate sucralose. NB should state this in the directions. I'll still drink it because I can't give it to my friends. I have so few friends and don't want to lose any. This is the only product I have gotten from NB that was not a winner.
April 22, 2017
7 months ago
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Please remove this from your catalog. Offering a sucralose product is an insult to homebrewing. There are plenty of breweries making a nice ginger beer without that artificial sweetener.
George M on Mar 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hello George,

Thank you for choosing Northern Brewer! I am sorry that you don't agree with our recipe, this is what our R&D brewers came up with. It will not be taken out of our catalog or removed from the website. I am sorry if this is disappointing news!
What is the alcohol content in this ginger beer?
L U on May 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: just calculated this the other day with our hydrometer readings, the kit alone without any additions to the supplied recipe came out (for us) at 4.7% abv. The sweetener is a little overpowering in my opinion, its a small packet but goes a very very long way, next time I brew ginger beer I will only be using half the sweetener. Happy Brewing
I've brewed the Ginger Beer and racked it twice but it doesn't seem to clear. Have I done something wrong or is it supposed to be cloudy rather than clear? I would greatly appreciate any suggestions on how to clear the beer. It tastes great but I've never had a batch of beer turn out as cloudy as this one
Paul K on May 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I'm in the process of a ginger beer, racked into secondary a week ago, still very cloudy. I bottled 7 oz to test for ginger flavor because I only added about 2/3 of the flavor packet and that bottle was cloudy also. I don't think it will ever clear because of the flavoring was very thick and cloudy to begin with. I just tested the sample bottle and found it to be very strong,so I hope it mellows out with age
The instructions don't say when or how much of the ginger and sweetener to add. Realized this after water boiling and California yeast at 70F. Also, best fermenting temp on yeast package is different, lower than NB website. I added ginger and sweetener 15 minutes before the end of the boil, guess we'll just have to wait and see how it turns out.
Cynthia J on Apr 17, 2016

The addition of the ginger extract and the sweetener are step 16 on the instruction sheet. I hope that helps.

What type of sweetener do you use in this recipe?
M I on Mar 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The sweetener in the kit is pure sucralose powder. A little different than what you would buy in a grocery store as that is often times cut with maltodextrine
What is the "sweetner" that is used in the recipe?
T H on Mar 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The sweetener used in the kit is pure sucralose powder, which can be different from that purchased in a grocery store, which often times will be cut with maltodextrine.
What have you got against redheads?
Eileen B on Mar 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Northern Brewer actually employs a surprisingly number of redheaded people. You can view my profile(Julez, too) on the website. I've never actually worked somewhere with so many in employment. I know they shouldn't be allowed to use our word but that's OK, they can all burn while we rock it in purgatory. The beer is not bad either, if you like the flavors of that root. Cheers!
Does this end up with alcohol content? Or like a standard Ginger beer for making Moscow Mule type drink?
M W on Mar 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This is an alcoholic Ginger Beer. While you could use it in a Moscow Mule, it can also stand alone as an alcoholic beverage.
Is this a "Not Your Father's Ginger Ale" clone?
Manuel N on Mar 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It is an alcoholic Ginger Beer, similar to other alcoholic ginger ales including the one you mentioned.
I know some extracts can permanently stain beer lines in tap systems - any clue if the extract in this recipe will?
[*]Redhead on Mar 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Pure root beer proves more difficult to clean than this beer recipe. It would be a good idea to give a thorough cleaning with recirculating cleaner to remove odor and flavor but it should not ruin the tap line. When we have root beer on tap we recirculate BLC then let it sit for a week in the line to clean thoroughly. Eventually they do need replacing though.

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