Homemade Root Beer

Homemade Root Beer

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Homemade Root Beer

http://www.amazon.com/Natural-Root-Beer-Flavor-4-Oz/dp/B005LXKSTY/Sheschinc-20 So while experimenting with recipes the other week I made yet another trip to the local brew store and happened to see some soda extracts. I had seen them before, but since I happened to have a few extra bucks, a few extra hours to piddle around, and was in the creative mood I landed me right in the middle of a “why the heck not moment”. I picked the root beer extract because I don’t like cream or orange soda, and wasn’t far enough on board to try sarsaparilla (yet)…

This was a very simple project, it actually took me less time to complete than it took me to convince the wife I would not blow up the kitchen or make a huge mess. A few minutes of “I cleaned up after the tofu” and “I promise I won’t make a mess”, sprinkled in with promises of a back rub and generous thanks for being such a help with the camera earned me a camera woman for this project…

Inside te extract box, there were several sets of instructions. Depending on if I wanted to make 4 gallons of root beer all at once, make it in actual beer bottles, or for the beginner two 2 liter soda bottles. I would have done it in beer bottles, but I wasn’t quite ready to drop the money in bottles, caps, and a capper (yet), so I choose the soda bottle method.

It was actually pretty simple.

I rehydrated some yeast in a coffee cup while I dissolved a couple cups of sugar and a tablespoon of extract in a gallon of water.

Next I split both the yeast and the extract/sugar solution equally into the 2 bottles.

I added a little extra water to fill the bottles to within about 1 ½ from the top.

I then shook them up and put them in a 5 gallon bucket to ferment. The yeast will eat the sugar and release carbon dioxide and a little amount of alcohol as a byproduct. That’s what will turn my root beer into soda. Without the yeast and the sugar the extract would not the carbonated. The instructions said to wait 4-6 days for the carbonation to pressurize the bottles and then put it in the refrigerator to stop the carbonation. Otherwise the bottles could explode. By putting the bottles in the bucket, if I don’t check the bottles enough and catch them in time, any soda explosion, would be trapped in the bucket and won’t get me beat up by my wife.


  1. Go soda stream no work

  2. CanadianCharlie64

    Can you make it without sugar?

  3. I am sorry but that is wrong, the 1 means that it is made of PET or PETE (polyethylene terephthalate) not that you can only use it once. PET plastic poses low risk of leaching breakdown products.

  4. Those platic bottles that you are refilling. Well they are not intendeed for that purpose.Check the recycle code on the bottom, if it number 1, that means a one time use ONLY. After that, the chemicals from the bottle will leach into all of the liquids you put in that bottle.

  5. Shepherd School

    Nope, just that it has dilute citrus juice

  6. did you ever find that Mtn Dew recipe?

  7. do you get sediment on the bottom from the yeast?

  8. I do that too btw, the letting the carbonation out thing so you're not weird lol

  9. @TNGun yes I remember cause you mentioned your wife drinking diet Mt dew when I first watched it haha!

  10. @TNGun I thought you already did a video on this???

  11. TheEndeavoringFamily

    OMGosh! We just bought some root beer and birch beer stuff like that at our local Amish market! What a blessing that you've posted up this video on the same day!

  12. Thanks, that's good to know!

  13. Steven Jennings

    I like root beer, I'd rather drink water, and Mt Dew is Nasty both the regular and the diet… Great Informational Video.. I always wondered what natural carbonination ment..

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