Root beer is a carbonated beverage that was initially made from sassafras and is now usually created from wintergreen. It comes in both soft drink and alcoholic varieties. Thus, it can be consumed by children as well as adults. There are hundreds of varieties of root beer available in the market today, made from different types of extracts. However, the taste of homemade root beer is still amongst the best. The best part is that it can be made easily and does not require too much time also, unlike most other beverages. In case you want to know how to make root beer at home, make use of the recipe provided below.
How to Make Root Beer
- Clean Bottle
- Dry Funnel
- 1 cup Table Sugar/ Cane Sugar
- 1/4 tsp Baker's Yeast, powdered (fresh and active)
- 1 tbsp Root Beer Extract
- Tap Water
- Fresh Water
- First of all, you need to get a clean bottle and a dry funnel. You can also clean the bottle with soap and water and then sanitize it with water-beach solution.
- Now, you have to put a level cup of table sugar (or cane sugar) in the bottle. You can also adjust the amount of sugar, as per the level of sweetness you desire.
- Next, you will measure 1/4 tsp of fresh and active, powdered baker's yeast and put it on top of the sugar.
- This is time to shake the bottle well. This is to ensure that yeast grains get distributed evenly into the sugar.
- You need to whirl the sugar/yeast mixture in the bottom. This will make a concave space at the bottom, where the extract is to be put.
- Replace the funnel and put 1 tbsp root beer extract through it, on top of the dry sugar.
- Take fresh cool tap water, with only a little chlorine, and fill the bottle halfway with it. During this time, rinse that extract that stuck to the funnel and spoon.
- Swirl the bottle properly, so that the ingredients dissolve completely.
- Now, take fresh water and fill the bottle with it, leaving only about an inch (2.54cm) of head space.
- Screw the cap of the bottle tightly and invert repeatedly. This will ensure that the contents dissolve thoroughly.
- Set aside the bottle and leave it at room temperature, for about three or four days.
- Thereafter, move it to a cool place (below 65 deg F or 18 deg C).
- Before serving the beer, refrigerate it overnight.
- At the time of opening the bottle, crack the lid slightly. This will release the pressure slowly.