How To Make Rootbeer
Learn how to make rootbeer at home and enjoy your own special brew. Homemade rootbeer tastes just as good as or even better than store bought rootbeer. Add a special touch to your next rootbeer float by using your special brew. You can make rootbeer at home as it is really quite simple.
To make rootbeer, you will need:
- Clean two liter plastic bottle with cap
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Table sugar
- Baker’s yeast
- Rootbeer extract
- Tap Water
- Assemble all of your ingredients and equipment. In order to make the process smooth you should not make rootbeer until you have all of the supplies gathered together.
- Begin with a clean two liter plastic bottle. Use a funnel to add your ingredients to the plastic bottle. Exercise caution when using glass bottles as there is a chance of explosion when the rootbeer is left out too long due to over fermenting.
- Add the ingredients in the following order. Using the funnel, add one cup of table sugar and one-quarter teaspoon of baker’s yeast. Place the cap on the bottle and shake to make sure the ingredients are well mixed. Swirl the sugar/yeast mixture in the bottom of the bottle to make a little hole to catch the rootbeer extract. Add one tablespoon of rootbeer extract to the bottle through the funnel.
- Fill the bottle half way with cool tap water. Place the cap on the bottle and swirl to dissolve the ingredients. Once the ingredients are mixed together, add more cool tap water until the bottle is almost full. Leave about one inch of space at the top.
- Place the cap back on the bottle to continue mixing the ingredients. Turn the bottle upside down several times until you are certain the ingredients have all dissolved and blended together.
- Leave the bottle at room temperature for three to four days. Once the bottle feels hard it is ready to be chilled. Refrigerating overnight will make sure it is thoroughly chilled and ready to be served.
- Leaving the rootbeer bottle in room temperature for too long after the bottle feels hard can increase the chance of explosion. Once the rootbeer has been refrigerated there is no chance of explosion.
- There is a very small amount of alcohol in homemade rootbeer due to fermentation. The amount has been found to be approximately .5% or less. It would take over a gallon of rootbeer to be the equivalent of one twelve ounce beer.