Over the past couple days I tried making homemade ginger ale using this recipe. It turned out really good! The two changes I made were to use half the yeast it called for, and also to start with a cup of sugar and a couple of cups of hot tap water, shaken together hard in the bottle to mix thoroughly and dissolve the sugar, then I added cold water and the rest of the ingredients.
I also vented the pop bottle several times over the 36 hours I let it sit at room temperature.
The ginger ale is refreshing and clean flavored. Even the kids like it.