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Old 07-08-2008, 09:57 AM   #1
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Okay,
I have my deluxe beer brewing kit and am working on the first batch.

After I brew my second batch I would like to make some root beer. What other equipment do I need? Also, what is a good kit or recipe?
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Old 07-08-2008, 10:09 AM   #2
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You should already have all the equipment you need.
The Gnome Soda Extracts are very good.
http://www.northernbrewer.com/soda.html
http://www.midwestsupplies.com/produ...px?SubCat=2020

Do you keg?

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Old 07-08-2008, 12:43 PM   #3
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Quick question, because I am interested in doing this for the wife.

Is there any chance that the soda will taste funny if you use your beer siphon and hose? I usually oxy-clean and sanitize my hose prior to use.

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Old 07-08-2008, 01:49 PM   #4
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I've actually found that its harder to get the rootbeer flavor out of the equipment afterward.

All you really need is rootbeer extract, sugar, water, champagne yeast.

I boiled up some water, added extract and sugar. Let it cool and then added the yeast and bottled immediately.

I used my old mr. beer fermenter to mix the yeast in and used it's handy spigot to assist in bottling. But I suppose you could just use a funnel.

Anyway, my old Mr. Beer container in now dedicated to rootbeer, because I can't get that smell out.

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Old 07-08-2008, 03:23 PM   #5
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I would buy a length of hose just for bottling root beer from the LHBS.

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Old 07-09-2008, 05:13 PM   #6
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Can you bottle the Gnome products in glass bottles? From what I read, this is a bad idea.

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You just need to be careful with the level of carbonation, they can turn into bottle bombs really fast, which is why a lot of people use the amber PET bottles with screw caps.

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You just need to be careful with the level of carbonation, they can turn into bottle bombs really fast, which is why a lot of people use the amber PET bottles with screw caps.
Hmmm... the problem really is the storage space. If I have to refrigerate the whole shebang after a week, that would be a deal-breaker. Is it possible to only use half of the Gnome kit or does it go bad once you open it?
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Not sure, never used the Gnome stuff. I got a gallon jug of the root beer syrup from norther brewer. I used half at a time about three months apart, force carbed it in a corny then bottled in glass. (I only did that because I knew the level of carb wouldnt rise). I kept the half jug of syrup in the fridge and it didnt appear to loose any flavor or have any other problems.

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Do you change the amount of sugar you add if you force-carb in the keg?

What amounts of Gnome extract have people been adding per batch?

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