Homemade Root Beer (Rootbeer); Mccormick

Total Time
120hrs 45mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 120 hrs

Makes 5 gallons of naturally carbonated root beer. EXCELLENT for a large gathering (family reunion, graduation party, wedding reception, etc.). Also makes excellent gifts, just let the recipient know that these need to be consumed within a week. I make it for the 4th of July along with homemade ice cream and we all enjoy root beer floats! No preseratives, healthier than store bought. I have also posted an "instant" rootbeer recipe that uses dry ice for the carbonation step so you can drink it right away.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Clean and sanitize all bottling equipment according to the information below.
  2. Mix contents of bottle with 5 pounds of sugar in a large container. (DO NOT USE ALUMINUM). Stir in 5 gallons lukewarm spring water (approximately 95*F).
  3. Dissolve yeast in 1 Celsius pre-boiled water cooled to 85-95*F. Allow to dissolve undisturbed 10-15 minutes. Add to sugar mixture and STIR WELL.
  4. Bottle immediately into plastic bottles, leaving 2-inch head space at top of bottle. Cap tightly. Store bottles on their side in a warm place (70-80*F) for 1-2 days, then store upright in the refrigerator 40-45*F for 3-4 days more. Keep chilled and consume within 7-8 days.
  5. CLEANING INFORMATION: Before using, sanitize bottles and equipment ina mild bleach solution, 2 oz. per 5 gallons cold water. Rinse several times with tap water inside and out.