Force Carbonating Root Beer in Bottles - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Soda Making > Force Carbonating Root Beer in Bottles

Thread Tools
Old 07-15-2011, 11:06 PM   #1
Dec 2010
Montgomery, Alabama
Posts: 28

I am thinking of ordering Sprecher Root Beer Syrup. My plan is to mix the syrup in a bucket and fill two liter bottles, cool them down, and use a carbonater cap to apply 35-40 PSI while shaking the bottle until It looks carbonated. Could I then just let the bottles sit for a few hours to settle and pour from that point? This way I wouldn't ruin a beer keg. Is this a bad idea?

Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2011, 04:04 AM   #2
Jun 2011
Halifax, Ns
Posts: 4

I dont think is such a bad idea if you want a quick fix for the kids but the unfortunate thing your missing out on is the important flavor of the yeast, similar to beer traditional root beer got much of is flavor from ale yeast these days for a modern taste you can use wine yeast ec-1118 . How ever inconvenient it would be to use up a keg it's still a good way to go you can cask condition to ensure your yeasties leave their flavor but not have to worrie about sediment getting in to your finished drink!

Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2011, 05:21 PM   #3
Mar 2011
Ogden, UT
Posts: 733
Liked 64 Times on 56 Posts

Sprecher syrup has preservatives in it so it can't be naturally carbed by yeast.

That sounds like the way to go.
Find Recipes on my blog: The Homemade Soda Expert I'd love some feedback!
Now Available from Quarry Books -- Making Soda at Home: Mastering the Craft of Carbonation
Like on Facebook!, Follow on Twitter, Add to Goodreads

Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2011, 10:48 PM   #4
Ale's What Cures You!
Yooper's Avatar
Jun 2006
UP of Michigan, Winter Texan
Posts: 69,549
Liked 7917 Times on 5542 Posts

Yep, that'll work fine. Make up the mix, and then chill it. If you put it in 2L bottles and use the carbonator cap, you can set the psi at 40 psi and shake it. I then disconnect the co2, shake some more, and give it another blast. Then shake some more. Within about 5 minutes, it's carbed up pretty well! You'll need a different carbonator cap for each bottle, unless you only made up 2L at a time. Since my kids are now grown up I only make 2L at a time. I forget the exact measurements, but it's 4:1 I believe so you'd use 1 cup of syrup to 4 cups of water.

I like doing it this way- first, no yeasty sediment in my soda and secondly, no root beer flavored beer line! I do have an old keg that I used for rootbeer years ago, and I never did get the flavor out of it.
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Forum Jump