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Old Fashion Root Beer Recipe


My grandparent’s spent years perfecting this recipe. Hope you like it!


1  40z. bottle Hires Rootbeer Extract

5 pound bag of sugar (less one cup)

4.75  gallons of water

1/2 teaspoon yeast granules


  1. Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon yeast granules in one cup warm water. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove one cup sugar from a 5 pound bag of white granulated sugar. Add one 4 oz. of Hires rootbeer extract to the remainder of the 5 pounds of sugar. fill the bottle with warm water and rinse the remaining extract into the sugar.
  3. Add 1.5  gallons hot water to the sugar and extract. Stir to dissolve.
  4. Then add 3 1/4 gallons water, ending temperature should be luke warm, about 90-95 degrees to support the yeast growth. So add the water slowly adjusting the temperature of water added so that you achieve the right temp.
  5. Add the yeast and mix thoroughly.
  6. Siphon (using a sterile food grade siphon) into sterilized glass bottles and cap. Make sure you are using seamless glass bottles, otherwise the bottles could burst.
  7. Lay bottles on their side in a warm place for 2-3 days ( 65-75 degrees) Then store in a cool place to prevent bursting. My grandparents stored them in the basement. should be consumed with a few months.


Warning: will produce a lot of carbonation. Open outside or in the sink and have glasses ready

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