Jim's Really Good Root Beer

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Recipe for one gallon of root beer, please read instructions before starting.



1. Clean all equipment with soap and water. Rinse very well.

2. Prepare a sanitizing solution in a clean utility pail by mixing 2 teaspoons of unscented bleach with 2 gallons of cold water. Soak all equipment including bottles and caps in this solution for at least 10 minutes. Remove your equipment and rinse it well with hot water.

3. Fill a one gallon container with cold water. Now remove 1 cup of water from the jug and discard it. All of the water required for the recipe is now in the gallon container. Measuring the water in this way will save time and prevent you from adding to much or to little water later.

4. Place 4 cups of water from the container into a kettle and begin to heat it. It is not necessary to bring the water to a boil. Heating this small amount of water will help dissolve the sugars and will make a better soft drink.

5. Add the white sugar, brown sugar and malto dextrin to the kettle and stir until the sugars are completely dissolved. Once the sugar is dissolved turn off the heat.

6. Add 1 tablespoon of Root Beer Extract to the mixture and stir it in.

7. Add the remaining water to the mix and stir well. Check the temperature of the mixture by carefully touching the outside of the pan. It should be cool to slightly warm. It may be necessary to allow the pan to sit covered for a short time in order to cool.

8. Open the packet of champagne yeast by cutting off a corner. Measure out ΒΌ teaspoon of yeast and add it to the sauce pan. Close the yeast packet by folding over the open corner and sealing it with tape. Store the remaining yeast in the refrigerator for the next batch.

9. Stir the mixture until the yeast is completely dissolved. You are now ready to bottle your root beer.

mug of ice cold homemade root beer soft drink

Root Beer & Soda

Homemade Root Beer can be Ready to Drink in as Little as Three Weeks.