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Homemade Root Beer Recipe

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This recipe for Homemade Root Beer, by , is from The LaRue Wood Family Cookbook , one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

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Added: Tuesday, July 28, 2009


1 Bottle Homemade Root Beer Concentrate
5 lbs sugar
5 gallons lukewarm water ( bottled water is best)
1 pkg (1/4 oz) dry active yeast
1 cup water

A Smaller quantity to try:
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp dry active yeast
1 tbsp root beer concentrate
2 liter of lukewarm water

Clean and sanitize all bottling equipment. Mix contents of bottle of root beer concentrate with the sugar in a large container (Do not use aluminum). Stir in 5 gallons of lukewarm water. Dissolve 1 pkg dry active yeast into 1 cup boiled and cooled to lukewarm water. Allow yeast to sit undisturbed 10-15 minutes. Add to sugar mixture and STIR WELL. Bottle immediately. Mom used glass pop bottles and a bottle caper with pop bottle caps. These are quite hard to find now.
(The recipe box now says you can use plastic bottles and screw on tops)
Bottle immediately into bottles, leaving 2 inch space at the top of the bottle. Cap tightly. Store bottles on their sides in a warm place. (70-80) for about 3-4 days. Then store upright in refrigerator. Check the tightness of the bottle. If left out too long, the bottles can explode.

Directions for Smaller Quantity:
Mix root beer concentrate with sugar add 2 liters water. Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water (cooled after boiling) Let sit for 10 minutes. Mix yeast with sugar mixture. Stir Well and put mixture in a 2 liter pop bottle, leaving 2 inch space at the top of the bottle. Cap tightly. Store on side for about 3-4 days in a warm area. Refrigerate.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
I don't have the specific recipe mom had for her root beer, but I believe she just used the recipe on the Root Beer extract box. I think she used Hires Root Beer Extract/Concentrate. This is the recipe on the box of concentrate. Even though glass bottles may be best, I was excited to see that you could use plastic bottles. I'm thinking of maybe trying this with those little plastic bottles you can get Pepsi & Coke in now with the screw top caps. It will be interesting to see if it works. But I'm sure it will never taste as good as mom's did!




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