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Old 06-19-2009, 09:33 PM   #1
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Hi all,
I just read another post where someone said they did not want to use yeast in the making of their Root Beer, to avoid it having Alcohol! I just made my first batch for my son using red star champagne yeast. Will this produce Alcohol and if so to what level? I do not want my son and his friends running around getting ripped off my root beer. LOL.... I didn't take any Hydro readings as I was not expecting and alcohol.
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Old 06-19-2009, 09:57 PM   #2
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The yeast added at the end for bottling will produce a very tiny bit of alcohol, and also produce CO2. This CO2 is what carbonates the root beer. The amount of alcohol produced is not even measurable with a brewing hydrometer. Trust me...I tried .

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Old 06-19-2009, 10:59 PM   #3
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Whew...! That's the response I was hoping for LOL......

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The ABV will probably be around 0.25%.

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Old 06-21-2009, 12:07 AM   #5
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The guy at my LHBS said that homemade root beer has less alcohol then orange juice. Can anyone confirm this?

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OJ has alcohol in it?

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Non-alcoholic beer has much more alcohol then you get from carbonating root beer.

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I can't confirm that OJ has alcohol, but I can confirm that you'll get sick from the sugary sweetness of root beer long before you'll get drunk. RDWHARB!

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Technically, water has alcohol in it. It's just a matter of whether you can metabolize it before you maximize the volume you can drink. I was bored doing research in college once and calculated how much water you'd have to drink to get drunk. Too much.

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Most commercial flavors are ethanol based. It's been a while since I have done beverage work, so I can't quite remember what the commercial limit for EtOH in a soft drink is. I think it is somewhere ~0.1-0.2%.

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