DetailsIf you have the equipment needed to brew beer, you have everything you need to make homemade soft drinks. Homemade soda is very easy to make and is a great project to do with the kids. These extracts include enough to make 4 gallons. Champagne yeast, PET bottles, and sugar is also needed to make soda from these extracts. Complete instructions are included in the extract box.
- Details & Instructions
4.5 / 5.024 ReviewsA good way to use extra yeastIf you have upgraded your yeast on a beer kit this is a good way to use the dry yeast packet that comes in the box.October 21, 2009Use Champagne Yeast and 2 Liter BottlesI had some 24 oz PET bottles around the house for recycling and I thought I would try to sanitize them and make a gallon of root beer using some bakers yeast I had._x000D__x000D_My guess was that the smaller bottles allowed the yeast to eat all the sugar very quickly. The end result was over carbonation and no sweet taste (almost like diet soda). I will try this again since Root Beer is one of my favorites and next Summer I want to have home made root beer with home made ice cream for my nieces.October 7, 2010This stuff is great!My kids love this stuff. I generally make it in 2 gallon batches using about 2/3rds the recommended sugar and about 1/3 bottle of extract. I use the minimum amount of yeast, bottle it and let it sit in the basement for about 4 days. Perfect! Oh, and since I have quite a few 'other' bottles laying around, I use special caps so the kids (and adults) know what they are getting. :)October 31, 2011Kids love itI made this a few times for my kids and they love it. Once we were making a batch and we set them next to a window duing an eclipse and the kids had fun pretending it had magically powers.October 1, 2012Its Good But...Its good. Better than Zatarans that has way too much -wintergreen-mint type flavor. This is a good one but I always use light brown sugar instead of cane, then use 1 1/2 times more extract than called for. I'd say make only 3 gallons out of the mix, and still use all the sugar. Ultimately, I think Gnome has a better flavor, but I will use this again as well for change of pace.December 3, 2012OOPSRead the directions before you start, I forgot to add sugar DOH! it smelled fantastic but tasted like club soda. I ordered another batch so I could try and do it right the second time. I will update when it's done.December 13, 2012Favorite root beerThe best root beer extract I've tried. Adding just a little phosphoric acid gives it just enough bite.January 17, 2013Dang good!!I was supprised how good this turned out. I have tried a few soda extracts, but now have a main stay for our house. I would recomend this to anyone from novice to expert. Also graet to have kids help you out with. Nothing like starting a brewer out young!!April 2, 2013Kids love it!The kids had a great time making this! It is a really good tasting root beer. Easy to make, great tasting, and cheaper than buying it in the store. You really have control with what and how much goes into your soda with this!July 5, 2013
- Customer Q&A
Browse 2 questions Browse 2 questions and 10 answersAny alcohol content when finished?BEST ANSWER: If you are using yeast to carbonate there will always be some amount of alcohol present in the finished product. The only way to assure an alcohol free root beer is to force carbonate with CO2 with a kegging system. In college we played around carbonating with dry ice but the results were poor at best and the process was dangerous. Just get kegs and you will never look back!What prevents the yeast from producing alcohol while trying to build carbonation?BEST ANSWER: So the short answer it time. When you are carbonating with yeast you produce carbon dioxide and ethanol. The difference is the time the reaction takes place. Beer ferments for weeks or longer in the case of lagers. With soda once the bottles become firm you should refrigerate to kill the yeast and prevent the production of ethanol in large quantities. That is the short answer for a more insightful answer continue reading. Yeast uses an enyzme called zymase to convert one unit of glucose (sugar) into two pyruvate molecules. The pyruvate is then broken by removing carbon dioxide. Finally hydrogen ions are added to create ethanol. This process is done in anaerobic conditions (non-oxygen environment). The overall reaction can be written as
C6H12O6 + Zymase goes to 2C2H5OH + 2CO2
So as you can see the production of ethanol is part of the process what is important is to limit the time and in turn the amount of ethanol created.