Soft Root Beer Soda Recipe

Yeast-carbonated sodas were among the first soft drinks, and they’re easy to make with simple ingredients and few tools.

| July/August 2020

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Photo by Shutterstock/Brent Hofacker

The dominant flavor in this 1800s-style root beer is sassafras. This carbonated, nonalcoholic root beer tastes as sweet as modern commercial soda, but you can cut back on the sugar, if desired. For a more intense flavor, increase the amounts of roots and spices. The easiest way to package this volume of root beer is in three 3-liter plastic bottles and one 2-liter plastic bottle.

Fermentation Time

Fermentation Type: Alcoholic

Primary Fermentation: 2 to 3 days



Total Time: 2 to 3 days

Shelf Life: 1 month                



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