Since the lemon soda was going well, I decided to try my hand at ginger beer. I used Rhonda's recipe found at Down to Earth.
I made it with maple syrup instead of sugar for the daily process, but I used sugar at the end. We popped one open, and it immediately fizzed. It was exactly like the ginger beer you get in the store. A chunk of ginger, maple syrup, sugar, and water made 5 liters of soda. A very rough estimation puts the whole recipe at $4. The equivalent amount of soda in Reed's Ginger Beer would be over $35!