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Old 01-14-2012, 06:35 AM   #11
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Anyone ever mess around with making a hard root beer? I like root beer A LOT but I have a feeling I'd like it even more if it got me wasted.

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Old 01-14-2012, 01:45 PM   #12
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I am planing on putting the root beer in glas bottles little "nips" for a corse in a beer dinner my resturant is doing. Every thing I read about root beer leads me to believe that I'm gonna have 2 cases of broken bottles from them exploding. Would u suggest letting it ferment in my fermenting bucket with the air lock for about 12 hours befor bottling.
You don't want to let the rootbeer ferment unless it's in the bottle. Fermenting in the bottle is enough to give you carbonation without losing any of your sugar content, which gives rootbeer it's sweetness.
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Old 01-15-2012, 12:42 AM   #13
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Do you think I will run into any problems with exploding bottles?

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Old 01-16-2012, 02:22 PM   #14
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Do you think I will run into any problems with exploding bottles?
If it's in a glass bottle, yes. If you're using PET bottles, then just let them sit long enough until you can't squeeze them anymore, then stick them in the fridge.
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Old 01-16-2012, 03:47 PM   #15
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I don't understand why they can't be put in glass bottles. I have seen other root beers in glass bottles. What do they do different that hey don't have broken bottles...because I don't have a choice the root beer needs to be put in glass for what we are using the for. Any ideas would be great

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Old 01-16-2012, 06:53 PM   #16
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You can take a risk and put them in glass. The reason I advise against it is because there's no way to tell when the bottles are properly carbonated. Sometimes it takes a few days, sometimes it takes a week...depending on temps and yeast health. If you wait too long to put them in the fridge, the bottles will explode because of the amount of sugar in them.

Glass beer bottles aren't meant to hold the kind of carbonation that soda requires either. Have you ever noticed how thick the glass bottles are with store bought sodas?

The only way around all of this is to force carbonate your root beer with CO2 and then transfer it to glass, but even then you'll have a hard time bottling because of the amount of carbonation.

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Old 01-19-2012, 11:13 PM   #17
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I had a glass bottle blow up in my face its not pretty or somthing I ever want to happen to me again....pulling glass shards out of your face and neck hurts......lucky I still have my eyes......embarrassing to share but it happened to me.......

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Old 11-13-2012, 08:55 PM   #18
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Could you buy the glass soda bottles from the store, clean and use them?

If kegging to force carbonate, I imagine you could get a Turbotap for your system.. Crazy expensive, but doesn't produce much foaming when pouring.

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Old 11-24-2012, 04:42 PM   #19
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Default First root beer attempt (extract and force carb in keg)

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Old 11-27-2012, 10:32 PM   #20
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•1 oz sarsparilla root
•1 oz sassafras root bark
•1 oz cherry bark
•1/2 oz licorice root
So where can one find these ingredients?
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