Homemade Root Beer Recipe

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I grew up enjoying this homemade brew, however I lost the recipe that my grandmother had passed on to me a few years back. Just like the homemade ginger ale beer and homemade ice cream we made in past blogs, I was determined to make my own homemade root beer recipe also.

I found a relatively simple recipe, that always seems to produce a good brew. Making your own version at home is always recommended because it reduces the amount of preservatives and saves on costs too. There are also many potential health benefits that are linked to root beer, including probiotics. I love that this same recipe can be tweaked to suit your own personal needs too.

How To Brew Your Own Root Beer
Photo credit: purelivingforlife.com
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Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • sassafras root bark
  • wintergreen leaf
  • sarsaparilla root
  • licorice root
  • ginger root
  • dandelion root
  • hops flowers
  • birch bark
  • wild cherry tree bark
  • juniper berries
  • cinnamon stick
  • unrefined cane sugar
  • ginger bug or whey
  • water
  • flip top bottles
  • funnel
  • large stockpot
  • fine mesh strainer
  • cheesecloth (optional)
  • jelly strainer (optional)

The first step involves boiling your herbs and water in the stockpot. Then you reduce the heat and allow the mixture to simmer for at least 20 minutes. Use your strainer to strain the liquid before adding sugar while it is still warm and stirring it until it dissolves.

Allow to sit for a 1 to 2 hours, then add the ginger bug or whey to the lukewarm mixture. Use the funnel to pour the beer into the flip top bottles and allow them to sit for 48 hours in a cool place like your root cellar. Remember to open the tops every 12 hours to remove the build up of gases from the carbonation process. After two days you can store the bottles in your fridge.

You can follow step by step instructions on the Pure Living For Life blog, here…

Homemade Root Beer Recipe

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