soda, soft drink, root beer
Source: Keith McLeod (email@example.com),
This recipe came out of an American book so it likely uses those
small gallons. I haven`t tried this one yet, but I cant see any reason not to bottle it
and will try it one day.
- 1 1/2 lb burdock roots
- 1/2 cup corn kernels roasted until browned
- 2 oz dried sassafras or sassafras roots
- 2 oz hops
- 5 gal water
- 2 1/2 lb white or brown sugar
- 1 pkg self-starting wine yeast
- yeast nutrient
Burdock is a big leafed plant that grows abundantly in the country or
in vacant city lots, but digging its roots will require a strong back.
Rinse roots thoughly so that no dirt remains (discard the leaves). Cut
the roots into pieces, place into a large pot with the corn, sassafras,
and hops. Cover with 3 gallons of water.
Bring the mixture to a boil, cover the pot and allow to boil for 20
minutes.Strain into a large fermenting vessel and add enough additional
water to make 5 gallons and add the sugar (specific gravity should be
about 1.025 which should equate to an alcohol content of about 3% , and
acceptable for root beer).
When the temperature of the liquid reaches 70 degrees stir in the yeast
nutrient and stir in, then sprinkle the yeast over but do not stir. cover
and let stand overnight.
Stir in the yeast, recover and allow to ferment for 2 days before chilling
and drinking. The beer probably will not be clear by then, but should