DIY Root Beer

We decided to DIY Root Beer! Want to try it with us? It’s very easy so follow along and we’ll share the recipe at the end. 🙂

To start, we gathered our supplies prior to the DIY.

1. Swing-cap bottle (Ours is a Pink Lemonade bottle from local grocery)

2. A 120 ml glass bottle of Royal Old Fashioned Soda Extracts from local brew shop costs around $7.00 CDN.

3. We also needed a package of Lalvin EC-1118 Champagne yeast, usually costs $0.99 CDN.

4. A bag of white sugar

5. Water

Before starting we made sure to sanitize all our tools and bottles, to keep everything safe! 🙂 We don’t want to start off the year being sick, do we!

Our re-useable Swing-cap bottle, isn’t it cute 🙂

The Royal Old Fashioned Soda Extracts Root Beer with recipe on the back.

Yeast for making a modern tasting Root Beer.

Recipe for making Root Beer from bottle of Royal Root Beer Extract

Please note: This is a non-alcoholic recipe that requires a 6.5 USG (25 L) mixing pail, pressure sensitive bottles, 4.4 lbs( 2kg) of table sugar, and one 5-7 g package of brewing yeast. For a traditional taste , use a, ale yeast; for a modern taste, use a sparkling wine yeast such as EC-1118.

Directions: Dissolve sugar into 4.5 USG(17 L) of warm water. Add the contents of this bottle. Dissolve yeast into 1 cup of warm water. Let stand 5 mins and stir into mixture. Fill bottles to within 2″ (5cm) from the top. Cap securely. Place bottles in a warm area (above 72F/22C) for one week to carbonate. Avoid over carbonation. Age 1-2 weeks in a cool area.

Serving: Refrigerate 6 hrs. before opening. Carefully pour into a large mug, leaving the sediment behind in bottle. Enjoy.

Here’s our version of the recipe- makes one 750ml bottle of Root Beer. We followed the same directions as above.

88.22 grams table sugar

750 ml water to dissolve sugar

0.26466 grams yeast

11.0275 ml water to dissolve yeast

5.2932 ml Root Beer extract

This was an easy and enjoyable DIY. We can’t wait to try it but we’ll have to wait. More pictures to follow in 2-3 weeks. 🙂

Do you make your own Root Beer? Do you have a special recipe or have you used bottled extract.  We are hoping to make our own recipe rather than use bottled extract, just to make this even more of an authentic DIY. Leave me a comment I’m curious to know. 🙂


UPDATE: We cracked open our bottle of Root Beer and it was delicious. We now have 12 pop top bottles so we can make another batch and each enjoy it individually! Woo Hoo!

Have a great day,

Three Ladybugs Like to Play


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