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Old 02-27-2009, 09:37 PM   #1
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Where would I go to look into making RootBeer. is there a boil?? How hard is it??


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Old 02-27-2009, 09:42 PM   #2

I've never made rootbeer, but I have made ginger beer (soda) a few times. It's quite simple, and there's gobs of recipes floating around on the internet. Here's one I've made with great success:

This might help: Soda Making - Home Brew Forums



 
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Old 02-27-2009, 09:45 PM   #3
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Don't forget to change out the o-rings in your kegs after the root beer is gone. I know two people who have ruined entire batches of beer because they neglected to do so.

 
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Old 02-27-2009, 10:46 PM   #4
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Don't forget to change out the o-rings in your kegs after the root beer is gone. I know two people who have ruined entire batches of beer because they neglected to do so.
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Old 02-27-2009, 10:59 PM   #5
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My LHBS has a pretty good instruction sheet for soda making - just the facts
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Old 02-28-2009, 12:05 AM   #6
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Here you go. Everything you need to know about making root beer.

As part of a well rounded philosophy of life, I believe that it is important to never close out a day without learning a lesson. Today I was fortunate enough to have learned several, which I share with you now, in no particular order. For those who were unaware, Troy, April and I made some homemade Root Beer on Saturday.
  • Root Beer is sticky.
  • Before attempting to serve homemade Root Beer, it is important to have well constructed tapping gear.
  • 30 feet of hose connected to the tapper still produces pure foam at 40 PSI.
  • If you think the connection is tight enough, it isn’t.
  • 40 PSI is a lot.
  • The spectacle of a beer volcano (a good story in its own right) pales before the sheer awesome power of a Root Beer detonation.
  • My kitchen has many nooks and crannies where sticky stuff can drip.
  • My kitchen will forevermore smell of Root Beer.
  • The CSI shows are right. If a person’s body is in front of an explosion, you really can find a “blast shadow” where the body absorbed the impact, thus protecting things in the “shadow.”
  • Root Beer is cold.
  • 40 PSI, applied to a 5 gallon keg, is sufficient pressure to accelerate Root Beer to transonic speeds.
  • My butt will block a Root Beer detonation quite well.
  • Root Beer hurts.
  • Root Beer is sticky.
  • Root Beer is not recommended as a body wash.
  • Electronic items and Root Beer Bombs do not mix.
  • When cleaning Root Beer, do not stand in one place too long.
  • Root Beer dries FAST.
  • Root Beer, when dried, can be used as a virtually indestructible cement.
  • Aerospace firms should investigate the sticky power of Root Beer for purposes of bonding composite parts of high-performance aircraft.
  • Root Beer adheres to socks just as well as to shoes.
  • Do not plan on getting anything else done on a day when you have a Root Beer Bomb.
  • My refrigerator needed new art work anyway.
  • If you are going to have a Root Beer explosion you will be very lucky if, by pure chance, you are standing next to the keg when it happens.
  • If, by chance, you are not standing next to it, the Root Beer will KEEP exploding until the CO2 runs out.
  • The CO2 will NOT run out if the pressure canister is still attached to the keg.
  • 40 PSI is a lot.
  • Once you have done the dishes and they are dry, put them away immediately. That way you won’t have to wash them again should a Root Beer Bomb detonate in your kitchen.
  • Burning Root Beer does not smell as good as you might think or hope.
  • It is impossible to get ALL the Root Beer off of electric burners.
  • Burning Root Beer generates smoke.
  • I’m not even sure I like Root Beer.
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Old 02-28-2009, 12:15 AM   #7
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Being as childish as I am, I laughed again at Nurmey's root beer experience.

I'm not a huge root beer fan, but we've had good luck. Well, except for the root beer jello (too much maltodextrine, apparently) that is. An extract, some sugar, and either yeast or a keg set up is all you need!
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Old 02-28-2009, 12:29 AM   #8
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Funny thing is we will be making it again this weekend. We will however make SURE the taps are attached with very good clamps.
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Old 02-28-2009, 03:13 AM   #9
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The kegging sounds scary....I think I'll just stick with just bottling my root beer. Kids love having some of Daddy's "brew". No boil... just extract, sugar, yeast....wait 3 weeks...

 
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Old 04-03-2009, 06:30 PM   #10
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Funny thing is we will be making it again this weekend. We will however make SURE the taps are attached with very good clamps.

Nurm.....your root beer experience nearly caused me to hydrate my monitor with the orange juice I was trying to drink while reading.

Just remember next time you make root beer....if you think the seals are tight enough, they're not



 
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