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Old 04-11-2011, 12:36 PM   #1
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Default My Root Beer stinks!! I give up.

I can't make it come out rite, it has this horrible smell everytime I don't know what I'm doing wrong.... I quiet...

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Old 04-11-2011, 03:02 PM   #2
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If there's a really bad smell, there's probably some infection going on. Don't give up, just sanitize everything that touches the root beer and give it another try. If you've been using the same yeast each time, I would get some fresh yeast and see if that goes better. You're most likely just a few steps away from great root beer.

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Old 04-11-2011, 03:31 PM   #3
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What did you use for water? Some tap water has stuff in there that won't be very good for making soda.

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Old 04-11-2011, 06:54 PM   #4
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Yes it was tap, I'll try again, thanks

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Old 04-12-2011, 05:21 AM   #5
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Why don't you tell us what your procedures are, possibly in a fair amount of detail, so we can give advice. Your prior posts/threads haven't really given us much to work with and what you've done, so for all we know, you could be doing anything and everything.

The fact that it smells means either some sort of fungus, or a lot of sulfur. What flavoring/syrup, what yeast (if any), what and how much water to syrup, how much sugar, what kind of sugar, which kinds of bottles, where the bottles have been, etc.

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Old 04-13-2011, 06:19 AM   #6
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we used a 16 o z. bottle, that was a fresh bottle of drinking water.

1. 1/4 cup of sugar

2. One eight of a tsp of Fleischmanns Yeast

3. shake it

4. add water half way

5.add a 1/4 tbsp of McCormick Root Beer Concentrate

6. shake it until dissolved
Fill bottle with bottled water.
7.put cap on

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Old 04-14-2011, 12:56 AM   #7
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[QUOTE="Stelmica"]we used a 16 o z. bottle, that was a fresh bottle of drinking water.

1. 1/4 cup of sugar

2. One eight of a tsp of Fleischmanns Yeast

3. shake it

4. add water half way

5.add a 1/4 tbsp of McCormick Root Beer Concentrate

6. shake it until dissolved
Fill bottle with bottled water.
7.put cap on.
I made this test bottle and it still came out bad, what am I doing wrong??
Bad sulfur smell..

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Okay, so you're using baking yeast. That's supposed to work, but it will have a funky flavor, and it's more likely to be bad than fresh brewer's yeast. I recommend finding some wine yeast, champagne yeast is the standard. Have you used the Fleischmanns yeast each time? Was it kept cold at the store, and do you keep it in a refrigerator?

It would be insane to do it exactly the same way again and expect different results, but it will work if all the factors are right. So, keep changing stuff until it works. Definitely try real yeast first. There may well be a problem with the baking yeast, and even if you do get that to work, it will taste yeasty in a way that I really don't like.

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Old 04-14-2011, 04:50 PM   #9
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Thanks for the tip I'll try again. I'll try some new yeast this weekend I need to make a trip to the wine store anyway. And yes I used the yeast from the store each time, they just keep it on the shelf. Not cold.
Hopefully that's the problem,
thanks again..

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I've got the same sulfur smell in my root beer. I also used Flieshmans yeast from the grocery store. Only I made 4 gallons of it!

Does anyone know if this will go away with aging?

I used bottled spring water, clean and sanitized beer bottles (sanitized with an iodine type sanitizer) regular white granulated sugar from the store.

The extract was an old bottle of rainbows "homebrew" stuff. Probably 6-8 years old.

Thanks in advance:
Bob

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