How To Brew Root Beer
If you are looking to brew root beer from home, you will be surprised to learn that it is a fairly simple process. A cool, refreshing root beer might be just the thing after working out, enjoying some pizza or watching a favorite movie. Find out what it takes to brew root beer.
To brew root beer, you will need:
- Clean, 2 liter bottle
- 1 cup measuring cup
- 1 tbsp. measuring spoon
- 1/4 tsp. measuring spoon
- 1 cup sugar
- Root beer extract
- Powdered baker's yeast
- Insert the funnel in to the top of the bottle.
- Measure one level cup of sugar. Pour the sugar into the funnel.
- Measure 1/4 tsp. of powdered yeast and pour in funnel. Remove the funnel and screw cap on the bottle. Shake to thoroughly mix sugar and yeast until combined.
- Unscrew the cap and replace the funnel over bottle. Pour one tbsp. of root beer extract into the funnel. Pour water into funnel, filling the bottle about halfway. Remove the funnel and replace cap and screw tightly. Swirl water and other ingredients until thoroughly dissolved.
- Fill bottle with more water, leaving about one inch of room at the top. Screw the cap tightly.
- Store the bottle in a dry place at room temperature for three to four days until bottle feels hard. This is the pressure building inside the bottle from the yeast.
- Transfer the bottle to refrigerator and cool overnight before opening and serving. Open the bottle carefully to avoid root beer foaming over bottle.
- Try adding other flavorings or extracts to make unique root beer brews. Sassafras, licorice and cherry flavorings are top combinations that are sure to please the home root beer brewer and his friends.
- Do not store the bottle any longer than two weeks at room temperature, as root beer could explode.
- There may be yeast sediment at the bottom of bottle. Pour your newly brewed root beer into another clean two liter bottle and dump the dredges to avoid drinking any sediment.