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Mr. Root Beer 20041 Home Root-Beer-Making Kit

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  • Root-beer-making kit offers a fun way to brew 2 gallons of creamy old-fashioned root beer at home
  • Includes 2 Packets of root-beer extract, 2 packets of flavor crystals, and 1 packet of root-beer yeast
  • Also provides 1 packet of no-rinse cleanser, 4 1-liter bottles with caps and labels, and 1 funnel
  • Instruction sheet and fun guide offer easy tutorials; additional root-beer refill packs sold separately
  • Measures approximately 7 by 12 by 7 inches
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  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 7.1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0033UX8A8
  • Item model number: 20041
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,325 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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The most complete root beer making kit. Includes root beer mix, flavor crystals, root beer yeast, cleanser, bottles, funnel, and root beer guide/instructions.


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It's fun and makes a really good Root Beer.
S. Downin
We bought this kit for our boys as they love root beer.
J. Russell
The root beer never carbonated and tasted like yeast.
Shannon Watson

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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful By L. Larsen on February 24, 2012
My family has loved this kit and the refills. The kit comes with enough to make two gallons, but you can only do one gallon at a time, as it comes with four 1-quart bottles. The taste of the root beer has everything to do with how closely you follow the instructions. Some people have complained that it doesn't have a good taste, others have complained that it wasn't carbonated enough. The instructions explain that leaving the bottle to sit too long before putting it in the refrigerator will result in an 'off' taste, and putting it into the refrigerator too soon will result in flat root beer. This is because of the yeast (included in kit) that goes into it. After you make the root beer and put it in the bottles, you have to let the bottles sit for a day or more. The instructions explain that the carbonation comes from the yeast mixing with the sugar and creating oxygen (or something like that). When you put it in the refrigerator the yeast stops working. So, if you put it in too soon, you didn't give the yeast enough time to properly carbonate the drink. If you let the yeast work for too long, it starts to effect the taste. Trying to figure out what is too long or not long enough is why I'm giving this 4 stars instead of 5. Learning how to tell when the bottles are firm enough to put them in the refrigerator might take a couple of batches before you get it just right. But once you figure out just how firm the bottles should be before you put them in the refgrigerator, you will be making some excellent tasting homemade rootbeer!
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte J. Brantley on July 12, 2010
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I ordered this kit for my 11 year old nephew's birthday. He loves Rootbeer & was excited to try it out. There was a lot more to making this than we realized, which is a good thing because that ended up being most of the fun with it. I have to say, the wait was well worth it because it tasted great!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By S. Bolish on December 19, 2010
The instructions with the kit are fairly good. They make the process sound more complex than it really is. Making the root beer is pretty straight forward and rather simple. The process took around 30 minutes to complete.

I checked the bottles each day and found they were complete after about 4 days. The outcome of the fermentation was 4 bottles of well carbonated root beer. I put it in the refridgerator as directed for a couple of days and gave it a taste. The flavor is not bad, but far from the best root beer I've ever had. The flavor is border line medicinal, which is probably the heavy licorise flavor that I don't like. Other people that have tried it agree that it "isn't bad" but not great.

In the end, for the price, the experience is worthwhile even if the output is not perfect. I'd rather go buy a case of good root beer or 5 growlers of Bavarian Root Beer that tastes really good for the same price.

The kit includes enough material for 2 batches, although you need to reuse the bottles, tops, and seals. I may see about adding some additional flavoring to help offset the licorise.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By S. Downin on March 7, 2012
First off, this is a great gift item. It's one of those items that initially you're unsure about ("Do I really want to spend MONEY on this? I don't even know if the Root Beer is going to be any good.") but would still be cool to try. Do your root beer loving friends a favor, save their money and gift this to them. They'll love it, and will probably be buying refill kits.

The first batch I made, I followed all the instructions and set the bottles on the kitchen counter to ferment. Less than 24 hours later the bottles were firm to the touch. Since the instructions said it could take 1-3 days, I was somewhat concerned with the short fermentation time, so I only put two of the four bottles in the fridge. I left the other two out for two full days, despite the firmness of the bottle. After letting the root beer chill in the fridge for a day, I tried it. As I suspected the first bottles were a little flat. The great thing about yeast carbonation is that the yeast are still alive in the bottle. All I had to do was let those bottles rest at room temperature for another day and the yeast woke right back up and kept on carbonating. Even in the refrigerator, the yeast are still working, just a lot slower. Once the root beer is carbonated, it never goes flat until the yeast completely run out of sugar to eat!

The first batch I found to have a nice creamy, but overly sweet flavor. It was still very good compared to most store brands. I find that I prefer the extra bite that a strongly carbonated beverage gives, so a little extra time fermenting worked well for me.

The second batch I adjusted the recipe just a smidge. The included recipe calls for 2 cups of regular sugar and 1 cup of dark brown sugar.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Gregg on March 30, 2012
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this root beer taste pretty good for the first time ever making it. first I watched a few videos on YouTube just to see what was all involved in making root beer. well its easier then I thought it would be. I followed the instructions word for word the only thing I didn't have was dark brown sugar only had light brown sugar not sure if that makes a difference or not. when mixing everything together I added 1 tablespoon of 100% pure vanilla extract to it. I used my stand mixer and mixed it on low speed for 5 min then let it stand for 15 min then mixed for another 5 min to make sure the sugar was all dissolved. then added the yeast and mixed it for a min or so and then bottled it. 24 hours later I took one bottle and put it in the refrigerator got it nice and cold and tasted it. well it tasted very good and creamy probably from adding the vanilla ? it was somewhat fizzy think I should have waited another day. I will let the other bottles sit longer and see if that make a difference. all in all this root beer taste pretty good I will be buying the refill kits and trying different things with it to make it great.

UPDATE 3/31/12 well I tried another bottle 36 hours after bottling and that tasted much better then the first one and was very well carbonated.
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