Making Root Beer at Home an Easy Root Beer Recipe

Last Updated on June 24, 2019 by Ellen Christian

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Have you ever wondered about making root beer at home? Root beer was made as early as the American Colonies. It’s really not difficult to make your own. But, like many things, we have become used to buying them at the store instead of making them ourselves. Since Marty enjoys rootbeer, I decided this would be a fun project to try.

Making Root Beer at Home an Easy Root Beer Recipe

Making Root Beer at Home

You will need root beer extract which you can purchase online. You will also need ale or champagne yeast. If you cannot find these in your area, it may be easiest to start with by buying a few homemade root beer kits. This one comes with everything you need including the bottles.

Back in the American Colonies, they used sassafrass but this has been outlawed because the safrole it comes from was proven to cause cancer in lab rats. So, now we use root beer extract instead.

Follow the instructions on the bottle of root beer extract you buy. You pretty much are mixing it with water and sugar. You add ale or champagne yeast to this mixture. That’s what causes the fermentation (or bubbles) we are all used to in our root beer.

Making root beer at home - an easy rootbeer recipe

Then you bottle it in reusable bottles and let it sit in a dark place for several days or until the fermentation is at the right level. If you bottle in plastic bottles, the bottles should feel very firm when you squeeze them. Put them in the refrigerator and chill until cold and you have root beer.

Here is the easy root beer recipe we used to make a gallon of root beer. Be sure to check the directions on the back of the rootbeer extract you purchase. You may want to learn how to make your own cranberry juice.

If you want to learn how to make root beer without using root beer extract, check out this video. It takes longer, but it is more authentic to the way it used to be made.

Yields 4 bottles

Making Root Beer

Have you ever wondered about making root beer? Here is an easy root beer recipe you can use to make it at home.

30 minPrep Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 4 quarts (16 cups) warm water
  • 2 1/2 cups (1 1/4 pounds) sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 bottle) Root Beer Extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon ale or champagne yeast mixed with 1/4 cup warm water


  1. Add the sugar and Root Beer Extract to warm water and mix thoroughly in an food-safe container.
  2. Add the yeast to warm water and mix thoroughly in a small bowl.
  3. Add the yeast/water to the sugar/extract and mix thoroughly to make root beer mixture.
  4. Pour the root beer mixture into clean bottles leaving an inch of head space.
  5. Cap the bottles and place them on their side on a towel at room temperature for 4 days.
  6. After 4 days, stand the bottles up in the refrigerator and keep them there until they are used.


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