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
- Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon yeast granules in one cup warm water. Let stand for 5 minutes.
- 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.
- Add 1.5 gallons hot water to the sugar and extract. Stir to dissolve.
- 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.
- Add the yeast and mix thoroughly.
- 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.
- 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