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kirstine

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Root Beer! Thu, 07/31/08 6:05 AM (permalink)
I need some advice when it comes to making homemade root beer!

My partner loves the stuff and you can only buy an Australian brand (Bundaberg) here but its expensive and we find it a bit too sweet. Anyway I purchased a bottle of root beer extract a few months ago with intention to start making my own root beer but I just cannot get it to work at all, I follow the instructions and measurements on the recipe closely and it just won't carbonate at all, so I don't exactly know what I'm doing wrong. I've been using brewers yeast and sterilised plastic bottles as I don't like the idea of exploding glass in my kitchen if it does carbonate, so would it be any of these factors?

If anyone has any tips, advice or a good tested recipe it would be really appreciated!

Thankyou
 
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    Oneiron339

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    RE: Root Beer! Thu, 07/31/08 7:22 AM (permalink)
    We made it for years with Hires extract, regular yeast, sugar, and water. Used ancient soft drink and beer bottles and a good capping device. Placed the filled bottles on their sides, covered with a blanket in a warm area for a few days. Never had any explode, although some would get extra "fizzy". Chill and drink and as Rachel Ray would say, "Yum-O."
     
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      leethebard

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      RE: Root Beer! Thu, 07/31/08 7:26 AM (permalink)
      I once tried homemade beer on an Amish farm in Lancaster..it tasted like,instead of roots, it was made from the abundant amount of manure they had around...it'd say,definately CLEAN the roots first!!
       
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        Poverty Pete

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        RE: Root Beer! Thu, 07/31/08 7:29 AM (permalink)
        Are you trying to make an alcoholic root beer? If not, you need to stop using yeast. Mix your extract, water and sugar to your taste preference, then force carbon dioxide into the liquid.
         
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          jman

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          RE: Root Beer! Thu, 07/31/08 8:03 AM (permalink)
          It could be that the chemicals in the plastic bottles are leeching out and causing an unexpected reaction. If you use glass bottles with crimped tops, the bottles won't explode. The caps will leak or even pop off before the bottle explodes.
           
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            kirstine

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            RE: Root Beer! Thu, 07/31/08 8:26 AM (permalink)
            Thanks for your help guys, I might try working with glass bottles instead and see if that brings me any joy!

            Im wanting to make the non-alcoholic variety, what do you mean by forcing carbon dioxide into it, how would I do that exactly?

             
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              Poverty Pete

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              RE: Root Beer! Thu, 07/31/08 6:10 PM (permalink)
              You need a CO2 cylinder with a regulator valve, like the ones in home beer dispensers. There are several ways to do it. One easy method is to get some bottle caps from a homebrew supplier. You need the ones with a valve that can connect to your regulator hose. Many homebrewers use these to package beer for competitions. Once you have the equipment, chill the root beer, then attach the CO2 hose at about 13-15 psi. Over the course of a day or two, the root beer will absorb the proper amount of CO2.
               
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                Oneiron339

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                RE: Root Beer! Fri, 08/1/08 7:29 AM (permalink)
                Steve, the root beer I used to make didn't reach alcohol status. Once it aged 3-6 days, it was placed in the refrig. and stopped the fermentation. Never had a problem - never got drunk, and I sometimes polished off 2-3 bottles at a time (as a kid.)
                 
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                  Poverty Pete

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                  RE: Root Beer! Fri, 08/1/08 6:25 PM (permalink)
                  Larry, you were drunk and didn't know it. When you stop fermentation, you stop CO2 production. It's really simple. Yeast take in sugar, and expel CO2 and alcohol. You were so wrapped up in sending Valentines to Debbie you didn't notice.
                   
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                    Sonny Funzio

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                    RE: Root Beer! Sun, 08/3/08 3:50 PM (permalink)
                    kirstenem1
                    more at this thread ...
                    http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=21027
                     
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                      UncleVic

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                      RE: Root Beer! Mon, 08/4/08 12:18 AM (permalink)
                      Splash of yeast and sugar to the extract will not create alcohol, well, nothing worth mentioning. Heck, half the fruit you buy off the shelf is doing a natural ferment producing alcohol.

                      Not sure if your doing a yeast and sugar mix and adding drops of it to your bottles before you fill them (problem then would be you didn't let the yeast come alive).. Or if your mixing it into your extract concoction then bottling (problem here, again, not letting the yeast bloom first, and/or not thoroughly mixing it in before the bottling process.
                       
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                        Oneiron339

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                        RE: Root Beer! Mon, 08/4/08 7:22 AM (permalink)
                        We mixed the yeast, extract, sugar and warm water in a huge crock, stirring until dissolved, then bottled/capped immediately. Stored the bottles on their sides in a warm dry-sink covered with a blanket. After 3-4 days it was ready. Again, not as fizzy as commercial root beer, but very good.
                        Pete, I've only been drunk once in my life - but it lasted for 19 years.
                         
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                          leethebard

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                          RE: Root Beer! Mon, 08/4/08 7:45 AM (permalink)
                          quote:
                          Originally posted by Oneiron339

                          We mixed the yeast, extract, sugar and warm water in a huge crock, stirring until dissolved, then bottled/capped immediately. Stored the bottles on their sides in a warm dry-sink covered with a blanket. After 3-4 days it was ready. Again, not as fizzy as commercial root beer, but very good.
                          Pete, I've only been drunk once in my life - but it lasted for 19 years.



                          What a hangover!!!
                           
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                            Oneiron339

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                            RE: Root Beer! Mon, 08/4/08 4:22 PM (permalink)
                            Actually, I was joking - my first marriage was only a few years.
                             
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                              007bond-jb

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                              RE: Root Beer! Tue, 08/5/08 12:30 PM (permalink)
                               
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