Easy Root Beer Recipe

Make homemade soda with this Easy Root Beer Recipe.
By Megan E. Phelps
December 2004/January 2005
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This recipe uses root beer extract, so it’s the one to try if you want the traditional flavor of root beer.
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Easy Root Beer Recipe

This recipe uses root beer extract, so it’s the one to try if you want the traditional flavor of root beer. You’ll need a 1-gallon plastic bottle for mixing the soda. Makes 1 gallon.


1 gallon water
2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons root beer extract
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon champagne yeast


In a large stockpot, heat the water until warm, about 100 to 110 degrees. Using a funnel, pour the sugar and the extract into a gallon bottle. Next, pour half of the warm water into the same bottle. Then add the yeast to the bottle, attach the bottle cap and shake well. Add the remaining water, then shake again. Pour into 2-liter bottles and attach the bottle caps. Leave 1 to 2 inches of empty space at the top of each bottle. Write the date on the bottles and store them in a warm, draft-free place, ideally at room temperature (68 to 77 degrees) for 2 to 3 days. Then refrigerate the bottles.

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5/25/2015 6:05:54 PM
Could root beer concentrate be used in place of extract? Would the ratio change?

2/20/2015 1:56:26 PM
So my kids have been bugging me for a few months now to make homemade root beer, and finally I gave in. However I have no idea how to actually make the root beer myself. Your step by step instructions are very clear, and were a big help to me and my kids. Do you have any other recipe instruction articles that I could also use for my kids to make? http://www.unitedcityicecube.com

9/8/2014 2:07:47 PM
So it's been three full days and the plastic bottles still aren't firm, should I wait longer? I have two in plastic and six in glass bottles (swing top).

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