I want to "brew" a batch of rootbeer with my son (19) so he can have some fun with brewing like Dad. My wife stopped by our LHBS the other day to get me some supplies and picked up a bottle of extract & a packet of yeast that they selected for her. Unfortunately she didn't grab the recipe instructions so today she stopped by to get that. when she did, they asked her a couple questions & sold her another packet of yeast.
So here's my questions, the recipe page has two recipes on it one for SF40 made with Extract #1 and the other says SF50 made with Extract #2. Per the label on the bottle we have Extract #1 (the yummier one). Under the Extract #1 title it says SF50. Would that be a yeast call out or am I confusing things?
the recipe says "The rootbeer extracts, SF40-SF50, to make 5 gallons of rootbeer. Mix with 3 lbs of honey, 2 lbs of sugar and champagne yeast." There's a few more lines of flavoring you can add but that's about it.
Is the SF just part of the mix name? The first time my wife went the yeast they sold her was Coopers brewing yeast. This time they sold her Red Star champagne yeast. I assume I should be using the champagne yeast. What do you think?
The 3lbs of honey & 2lbs of sugar should both go in the mix? (not just one or the other?)
Last but not least, in a phone conversation I asked about boiling and was told to just mix it and bottle it in 2 liter soda bottles. Would you all agree? How long do you think it takes to carb?
I like my LHBS but they aren't the most together crowd
Any thoughts will be appreciated.