Monday, February 28, 2011

homemade root beer

Ryan’s family has a tradition of making homemade root beer every summer when they are up here at the ranch. We decided we’d try our hand at it…

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I was surprised at how simple it was to make. What’s in the root beer? It’s just water, sugar, root beer extract and yeast (to make it carbonated).

However, it does require some careful measuring. One thing we learned the first time we made it:

There are 128 oz in a gallon not 64 oz. And if you don’t get that right, it tastes like medicine and doesn’t carbonate.

The bad part: 12 bottles of root beer were dumped down the sink.

The good part: you can always try again! and when you do it right, you get 24 bottles of yummy root beer.

4 comments:

Heather said...

Too funny that you posted about this. Yesterday Ken was talking about making homemade rootbeer & we were wondering what was in it & how to make it!

Eric and Hilary said...

cool! i want to taste it! my dad used to make rootbeer when he was on his mission in england.

The Musson Family said...

We use to make rootbeer and had a cap machine just like that one. I will never forget the smell of it. It just really different then the boughten rootbeer. I'm so glad you had fun. I really need to send grandpa your direction now. He would love to make some of that again I'm sure.

Kristen said...

Yummy! We use dry ice instead of yeast for the carbonation. I like the flavor better but you might have a hard time getting dry ice up there. =o)

But isn't it fun to try out things like that with your husband? You'll be an expert root beer maker someday!