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How do you make root beer?

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asked Mar 2, 2016 in Food and Drink by MollyAnn
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There's a multitude of recipes for homemade root beer. Here's one that tends towards simplicity and budget-friendly ingredients:

Put a half-cup of sassafras root bark and a half-teaspoon of wintergreen leaf together in one of your biggest pots along with a dash each of allspice and coriander, plus a stick of cinnamon. Mix all this with 3 quarts of water (preferably filtered, distilled, purifed, etc).

Place the pot on the stove, and turn the heat to high. Let it come up to a boil before reducing the heat to a simmer level. Let it simmer for a quarter of an hour.
Get a fine-meshed strainer so you can strain out the herbs. A cheesecloth also works.
Once strained, and while the liquid is still warm. Add in both a quarter-cup of molasses a full-cup of cane sugar. The sugar should be unrefined and organic; rapadura is a good choice. Stir all this until the sugar and molasses are visibly dissolved.

Let the solution cool a little so it is no longer hot, but while it still has warmth, add in a quarter-cup of lime juice, followed by a starter culture of your choice. Stir again.

Pour this liquid into jars, and fit the lids tightly. Fermentation needs at least two days in room-temperature climate. After the second day, check daily for the carbonation. When you like it, put it in your fridge and store until you drink it.

For a real in-depth look at the full process of making root beer, check out the YouTube video below.



answered Mar 3, 2016 by Topher (27,830 points)

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