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Classic Homemade Root Beer Recipe

Root beer is a homemade fermented beverage guaranteed to be a hit on any occasion. This beverage brings an old-fashioned charm due to its odd range of ingredients such as berries, flowers, leaves and roots and bark. And brewing your own root beer in a traditional way is undeniably charming. Here's a classic homemade root beer recipe for you!

Gathering ingredients such as sassafras, sarsaparilla, wintergreen and other herbs and spices of a classic homemade root beer can be challenging. But you can purchase these odd arrays of ingredients at Mountain Rose Herbs and even the most strange organic and wild-crafted herbs and spices.

Here's the array of ingredients you need:

  • Sassafras root bark - 1/4 cup
  • Wintergreen leaf - 1/4 cup
  • Sarsaparilla root - 2 tbsp
  • Licorice root - 1 tbsp
  • Ginger root - 1 tbsp
  • Dandelion root - 1 tbsp
  • Hops flowers - 1 tbsp
  • Birch bark - 1 tbsp
  • Wild cherry tree bark - 1 tbsp
  • Juniper berries - 1 tsp
  • 1 cup unrefined cane sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup ginger bug

Here’s how to brew it:

  1. Boil two and one-half quarter filtered water and mix in sassafras, wintergreen, sarsaparilla, birch, ginger, hops, juniper, licorice, and wild cherry bark. Let it simmer slowly by reducing the heat for twenty minutes.
  2. Turn off the heat after twenty minutes, and strain the brewed barks, berries, flowers, leaves and roots using a fine-mesh strainer or a strainer lined with cheesecloth into a jug or pitcher. Mix unrefined cane sugar into the hot brew until it melts and let it cool down until it reaches blood temperature. Once the sweetened brew has cooled down to blood temperature, mix in the fresh whey or ginger bug and pour it into separate bottles (flip-top bottles if possible, by leaving at least one-inch head space in each bottle. And you these bottles are available online.)
  3. Let the root beer ferment for three to four days at room temperature, then transfer it to the refrigerator to let it age for two more days. Before serving the root beer, you need to be careful.  Just like any other fermented beverage, root beer is also under pressure due to the accumulated carbon-dioxide, which is a byproduct of fermentation. Like any other homemade sodas, it might explode under pressure, so you need to open it over a sink. Serve over ice.

Classic homemade root beer is undeniably delicious, healthy and easy to make. You can start making your own brew! And these radiantly colored garden wine charms will be a perfect touch to your glasses of root beers this summer! Cheers!

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