DetailsGnome Soda Extracts are by far the highest quality, best tasting extracts we have found. The root beer is creamy and rich, and the vanilla cream is just like the cream soda you used to get at the old soda fountain! Each pouch contains enough extract to make 5 gallons of soda. You also need champagne yeast, PET bottles, and sugar to make these extracts.
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4.6 / 5.043 ReviewsBEST EVER ROOT BEERFantastic root beer. Use raw (turbinado) sugar for best results. This is ok with white sugar, but great with raw sugar. Huge difference. This one is always on tap at my bar!November 25, 2016Purchased
over 2 years agoRoot Beer Scientist!!I am a self proclaimed 'Mad Scientist' and as root beer is my favorite drink, I decided to put away my zombie viruses and focus on my 'root'. Gnome has the most authentic root beer flavor. First, let it be known: Your government in your best interest I am sure, banned the sale of actual sassafras as 'Safrole' is a 'carcinogen' ( Although... it ranks 'Very Low Risk' same as chlorinated water and indoor air.) I am -sure- it has nothing to do with the psychoactive potential of safrole, and that it is used in the manufacture of MDMA (Ecstacy) But I digress... It is hard to get real root beer flavor without sassafras but gnome has done it. Other brands are too 'wintergreen' or other herbs used in the process. You will be pleased. Okay, TIPS: I use dark, light brown sugar instead of cane. I also use 1 1/2 times the required extract. I like exceptional- However, you can follow the directions and still do as well as anything you can buy.November 30, 2012Best rootbeer extract I’ve found.Really good stuff. I’ve been using Gnome Rootbeer extract for years. We make and serve it in our brewery taproom. It’s a hit! Give it a try, either in bottles or kegs.April 5, 2018Purchased
1 year agoGnome makes the best Root Beer!Root Beer is what originally got me into home brewing in college so I almost always have some on hand. Over the years, I have tried every extract on the market, bottled, kegged and served it every possible way and Gnome is my go to extract. If you have taken the plunge into kegging, making Root Beer could not be easier and it's such a crowd pleaser!April 14, 2017Purchased
over 2 years agoGreat full flavorFriends and older family members tell me that they haven't had this style in 40+ years. Old fashion, full bodied taste, will take you back.January 12, 2010Great tasteThe taste is the best I've tried for root beer mixes. I use a whole packet to make 5 gallons at a time. My friends agree the taste is among the best they have ever had._x000D_You have to add your own sweetener, but this gives you control over how sweet it will be. It also is cheaper to buy the sugar or honey locally than to buy a gallon of syrup - not to mention you get a better drink with honey and sugar instead of corn syrups. _x000D_Or you could go with a low calorie sweetener and make diet root beer (ewww).March 3, 2010Very well pleasedMade 2 x 6 gallon batches (to match my 24x 16.9 oz pet bottles) used 1/2 of the extract, 1/3 ec-1118 and 6 cups sugar in each and both batches were excellent. I have never given a bottle to anyone that has not been overwhelmingly enjoyed. Several co-workers now bug me on a regular basis to find out when my next batch will be ready!April 21, 2011My kids love itMade this Root Beer with 5 Cups white sugar, 3 cups light brown sugar, 3/4 cup maltodextrin (for body), and 1 pkg Gnome extract (for a 5 gallon batch). Kegged and force carbonated. Turned out great. If you are expecting 1919 flavor you will be a little disappointed, but it is still good in my opinion.May 13, 2011Very Good root beerMake sure you dont use white granulated sugar._x000D_Use raw sugar._x000D_Very good taste, one of the best soda kits I've ever made.December 21, 2012SatisfiedI tried this kit on a whim. Easy to make compared to beer. It came out much better than I expected. I used the full packet, plus some brown sugar.December 26, 2012
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Browse 8 questions Browse 8 questions and 23 answersIs there an ingredient list for this product?if you keg and force carbonate is there still a yeast addition?BEST ANSWER: No, if kegging and force-carbonating the Root Beer, you eliminate the need for the yeast. This is really the best way to make this beverage, as it gives more control over the carbonation. -Mike W, Midwest Supplieswhat's the psi for force carbonation?BEST ANSWER: Depends on your temp and how many volumes of CO2 you want. I typically "ballpark it" - raise the psi to 50 and shake the piss out of it for 5 minutes or so, then let it settle for a few days. If I need more carbonation, I'll just repeat for a few more minutes. TIP - use "raw sugar" granules. (Example, Sugar In The Raw brand). MUCH better flavor than white sugar for whatever reason.web site says packages make 5 gals. bought it and it says 2.5gals? Also says Champagne yeast, I recieved red star blanc, Why the Differance?BEST ANSWER: Gnome is by far the best of the extracts on the market and I have tired nearly all of them. Yet, for some reason they confusingly give a recipe for 2.5 gallons instead of 1 or 5 gallons. The pouch contains 4 oz of extract which is enough for a 5 gallon batch although 4.5 gallons is the sweet spot I mix too. If you have to use yeast to naturally carbonate, I personally prefer any clean fermenting wine or ale yeast instead of champagne yeast because I find Champagne yeast's flavor contribution off putting. Whatever yeast you use, please use plastic because bottle bombs are dangerous and cold only slows fermentation it does not stop it. Personally, I force carbonate in kegs and find it so much easier and safer. Hope this helps.Can this be kegged in a 5 gal corny keg? If so, would the directions change?BEST ANSWER: Yes, I put my root beer in 5 gallon corny keg, twice:
The first time, I brewed as per instructions, using yeast. However, even with the brew being cold, I could not control the fermentation (due to the high sugar content). I ended up pitching the batch as I was afraid that the keg might explode;
The second time I used no yeast and it was substantially better. To carbonate, I used the CO2 tank only, and it is so good. Because there are only adults in our household, and because I have room for two kegs, I added two pints of dark rum to the batch, and it is perfection. Much better than anything you can buy at the store.
One more suggestion: I put in less sugar than the recipe calls for (1 pound less), and I used dark brown sugar. Less sweet, but quite delicious.
Enjoy!How long is the shelf life of a finished batch of root beer?BEST ANSWER: Oxygen is the enemy of freshness. So if you bottle carbonate, the yeast will gobble up lots of the oxygen and the root beer will have a long stable shelf life. If you keg it you could be getting more oxygen. One way to reduce oxygen would be getting the water boiling beforehand. That drives out dissolved gas. My method has always been 5 gallon batches into a corney or Sanke keg. The longest it’s ever sat is about 2 months. And there’s not a significant Change in flavor. Root beer is such a boldly overloaded flavor that it would take some serious mistreatment to ruin it. Hope that helps!How do you make cream soda from the root beer extract?BEST ANSWER: Hello Kay,
Thank you for choosing Midwest Supplies! You cannot make cream soda from the root beer extract. True cream soda is simply a mixture of sugar and vanilla extract. Here is a run through on how to make cream soda. http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Cream-Soda I hope that this is helpful!what's the psi for force carbonation?