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How to Make Root Beer

Root beer is a delicious and refreshing treat. Make this tasty beverage at home with a few ingredients and a little patience.


  • Step 1: Place funnel in bottle Place the funnel in the top of the bottle.
  • TIP: Make sure the bottle is clean before using.
  • Step 2: Pour sugar Pour the sugar through the funnel into the bottle.
  • Step 3: Add yeast Add the yeast to the sugar and shake the bottle to thoroughly mix the sugar and yeast together.
  • Step 4: Add root beer extract Add one tablespoon of root beer extract to the mixture.
  • TIP: Swirl the bottle to make the sugar and yeast mixture concave, making a little bowl to catch the root beer extract.
  • Step 5: Add water Add cold water through the funnel until the bottle is half way full.
  • Step 6: Shake Swirl the mixture around until the sugar and yeast are dissolved.
  • Step 7: Add water Add more cold water, leaving 1 to 2 inches from the top of the bottle empty. Put the cap on tightly and gently swirl and tip the container until everything's thoroughly mixed.
  • Step 8: Let sit Let the mixture sit at room temperature for 2 to 4 days. When the bottle hardens from the gas build-up inside, it is time to put it in the refrigerator.
  • TIP: Over carbonating the root beer can cause the bottle to explode.
  • Step 9: Open and enjoy Slowly unscrew the cap and enjoy. The root beer will have negligible alcohol content, but not enough to get anyone drunk.
  • FACT: A&W root beer, founded in 1922, bears the initials of Roy Allen, inventor of root beer, and business partner Frank Wright.

You Will Need

  • A funnel
  • A plastic bottle or jug with a top
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • u00bc teaspoon baker's yeast
  • 1 tablespoon root beer extract
  • Water

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