Homemade Root Beer

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READY IN: 35mins
YIELD: 4 liters
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 14
    ounce dried sassafras root, bark (optional)
  • 14
    ounce dried birch bark
  • 14
    ounce dried sarsaparilla root
  • 18
    ounce dried licorice root
  • 1
    inch piece gingerroot, thinly sliced
  • 1
  • 4
    quarts water, divided
  • 2
    cups molasses
  • 18
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DIRECTIONS

  • Put dried bark and roots and vanilla in 2 quarts water in a medium pot and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, cover, and steep for 2 hours.
  • Strain liquid through cheesecloth into a clean plastic pitcher. Add 2 quarts of filtered water, cool to 75 degrees.
  • Stir molasses and yeast into liquid, allow to sit 15 minutes. Pour into four clean, dry 1 liter soda bottles to 2" below top.
  • Screw lids on tightly, set aside at room temperature for 12 hours. Chill for 2 days, it will taste strongly of molasses, or chill for 3-5 days for a milder taste. Open slowly and carefully.
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