Old Fashion Root Beer

For a special treat you and your significant other can enjoy make a batch of homemade root beer. It is much healthier that soda pop loaded with high fructose corn syrup.

While some of the ingredients may seem different or bizarre they are perfectly healthy and natural. Also when you make it you can rest assure that every ingredient that goes in is to your approval.

Root beer is a type of fermented beverage has been around for centuries. It has unique flavors and a distinct smell. While it is delicious to many, you may need to get use to the strong taste.

Good luck making your batch of naturally brewed root beer and enjoy this old time beverage.

Ingredients You Need

2 Tablespoon of Dried Sassafras (bark of root)
1 Tablespoon of Dried Licorice Root
1/3 Cup Birch Syrup
1/3 Cup Sucanat or Organic Whole Can Sugar
1 Cup Ginger Bug or 1/2 Cup Kefir Grains
2 Quarts Filtered Water

Supplies You Need

2 x 1 Quart Glass Bottles with Screw Lids
1 x 2 Quart Jar with Screw Lid
Measuring Cups
Measuring Spoons
3 Quart Saucepan with Lid
Small Strainer

Making the Root Beer

Begin with 1 quart of water in your saucepan and place it on the stove on high. Add the sassafras and licorice root and cover. Once it gets to a boil turn temperature to low and simmer covered for about 20 minutes.

Turn the heat off and set aside for 30 minutes so that it is still pretty hot. Then pour the liquid through the strainer into your 2 quart jar. Then put your sugar and birch syrup in and stir until fully dissolved.

Add the second quart of water to the mixture and wait for it to cool to a warm temperature. This means that the mixture should be a bit warmer than room temperature. Then add the ginger bug or kefir grains.

Screw the lid on tight and leave it in a warm place in your house for 2 to 4 days. Then strain equal parts into your two separate one quart bottles. Fill to the top with water if any room exists and screw the tops on. Put in the warm place in the house for another 2 days.

Finally put the bottles in the refrigerator to chill completely and then serve over ice. Be careful of the foam as the carbonation may have built up over the 2 or so days you had it in the bottles. The foam will waste root beer so slowly open it if that happens. Enjoy!

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