Thursday, July 22, 2010

Homemade Root Beer (for a crowd)

Ok, there are all sorts of root beer extracts out there. I've tried a few. And while one was sort of bitter tasting (wal-mart store brand), the others were all pretty good. My favorite bottle of extract is Big H. There is a local drive-in chain here in the SLC metro area called "Hires". Hires is known for their "Big H" just like McDonald's is known for their "Golden Arches", if that makes sense. Anywho... At Hire's they serve their own draft-style "Big H" Root Beer. Sooooo good! I realize they might not have this extract in other states, so I guess what I am saying is you get what you pay for :)

4 - 4 1/2 gal water
5 lbs sugar
1 bottle root beer extract
5 lbs dry ice

In a 5 gal cooler mix together the water and sugar till the sugar is somewhat dissolved. Add the bottle of extract and mix well. Using tongs, carefully place dry ice in cooler. Mix and let the dry ice do it's magic. Stir every once in a while to keep ice from sinking to the bottom and blocking the spigot.
*since it's hard to get exactly 5 lbs of dry ice, I usually tell them it's better to be a little over 5 lbs than under. No one like flat root beer... =D


  1. i can attest to the fact that this root beer is good. i've had it at emma's house out of that very cooler.

  2. Mmmm, same here. (Of course I had some, I live with her)I love how we always either have a barbecue with it, or roast marshmallows!

  3. Are you supposed to let it "cook" for an amount of time before drinking?

    1. I usually let it do it's thing about 20 minutes or so. Sometimes longer.


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