As I mentioned earlier the fermentation process produces a slight bit of alcohol and, of course, lots of pressure. There are a few alternative approaches if you are interested in making ginger beer but want to skip the fermentation process.
Probably the easiest method is to take a tip from the OpenCola folks and first make a flavored syrup. The syrup will be a ginger beer concentrate that you can mix with off the shelf carbonated seltzer water or club soda.
Pick your favorite recipe and instead of using a gallon of water (and yeast) use a quart or so of water. Put the water in a cooking pot, add the ginger and spices, and then boil and steep for a while to extract the flavor. Add the sugar and make sure it completely dissolves.
Now you have concentrated syrup. Cool it and store in the fridge. To make a glass of ginger beer put a little concentrate in a glass, add seltzer water and stir well. You might lose fizz during this process, hopefully not all over the counter. Adding ice first may help to tame it.
Another option is to use a water carbonater, something like the SodaStream. These use a CO2 cartridge to force carbon dioxide into a liquid.
You use it to first "carbonize" the water and then add your ginger syrup.
BTW, if you come up with a killer ginger beer recipe please feel free to contact me and I'll add it to the collection.
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