Hard Root Beer Recipe

A traditional twist on the now-familiar soft drink, hard root beer used to be the more-common choice among homebrewers.

| July/August 2020

Photo by Shutterstock/Brent Hofacker

This fermented, carbonated root beer has an ABV of 4.8 percent. The easiest way to package this volume of root beer is in three 3-liter plastic bottles and one 2-liter plastic bottle. Unlike with soft root beer, you don’t have to worry about creeping overcarbonation.

Fermentation Time

Fermentation Type: Alcoholic

Primary Fermentation: 4 to 5 days

Secondary Fermentation: 2 weeks and 3 days

Total Time: About 3 weeks

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