Originally Posted by roymullins
OK- I make cider and beer... want to make some soda for the kids but... don't want them to be sipping any alcohol! It it safe to say that making soda- using the yeast to carbonate only... will not create alcohol? probably a dumb question... I know- a little yeast and cap it up, creating cabonation- shouldn't be a problem but just checking...
Ideally you would ferment in plastic bottles and refrigerate as soon as the bottles get hard and the root beer gets fizzy.
Yes, yeast WILL create alcohol, but it's very small amount. When people ferment a beer, it ferments hard for several days to several weeks. Fermenting a soda creates a very small amount (imagine a very ripe banana) and then you put it in the fridge to stop it (and to prevent bottle bombs).