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Old 12-27-2011, 03:40 AM   #1
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Default Wohooo did my first Root Beer

Just a basic batch with McCormicks, the yeast version.
Figured to get my feet wet.
Looking forward to sampling it and going on to the next one.
I'll do it up right next time and get the right ingredients.
But it was was a good time and the family was getting interested.

Sorry, I'm really excited to finally get this done hehe

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Old 12-27-2011, 03:44 AM   #2
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Very cool. I am enjoying messing around with the basic ingredients and making syrups from scratch. It is lots of fun and the results are fantastic.

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Old 12-27-2011, 04:05 AM   #3
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Yes that will be down the road
But baby steps for now.
Any suggestions on places to pick up ingredients? (Your preference)
Having a hard time finding champagne yeast around here.

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Not really I made a pretty big buy off of takeherb.com for my herbs but will probably look around for other options next purchase as I wasn't too happy with the experience. As for champagne yeast... I would think an online brewer or LHBS would be your best bet.

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All the simple recipes for root beer I've seen call out bread yeast. Is champagne yeast preferred?

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Old 12-27-2011, 07:59 PM   #6
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I've heard bread yeast leaves an after taste, I think you get used to it. My friend only uses bread yeast for root beer. I tried champagne yeast for ginger ale and blue berry soda But I Like wine yeast better, doesn't seem to be as aggressive.

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We have a liquor barn in louisville ky and they have all kinds of yeast.

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Is champagne yeast preferred?
That's just what I've seen alot of people post that they use for the limited aftertaste.

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I've heard bread yeast leaves an after taste, I think you get used to it. My friend only uses bread yeast for root beer. I tried champagne yeast for ginger ale and blue berry soda But I Like wine yeast better, doesn't seem to be as aggressive.
I actually want to get into other flavors Root Beer just seemed the easiest at the moment.
How is the wine aftertaste of the yeast?
And being not so aggressive how long do you ferment it for then?
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I think you can taste it some in the ginger ale but you can't taste it at all in the blueberry. I bottle the sodas and let them set out for about 48 hours before I refrigerate. I use the flip top bottles and slightly open them to release pressure twice a day while they are sitting out. I'm paranoid of them breaking because of too much pressure. Seems like the blueberry builds up pressure faster than the ginger ale.

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I think you can taste it some in the ginger ale but you can't taste it at all in the blueberry. I bottle the sodas and let them set out for about 48 hours before I refrigerate. I use the flip top bottles and slightly open them to release pressure twice a day while they are sitting out. I'm paranoid of them breaking because of too much pressure. Seems like the blueberry builds up pressure faster than the ginger ale.
Nice I will keep that in mind.
There is nothing like pop out of a glass bottle.
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