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Mr. Root Beer Home Brewing Root Beer Kit
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104 of 105 people found the following review helpful
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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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2010
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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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
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. For the second batch reduced the sugar to 1 1/2 of the regular stuff (I used an organic sugar this time) and went with a slightly looser pack on the cup of brown sugar. True to form, the final product was considerably drier with a lot more complex flavor notes coming through. I really liked it. The bottles didn't last long.

One thing other reviewers have commented about is the bottle caps. Frankly I think it's an ingenious design. One thing that home brewers have always had to worry about is OVER-carbonation. When you're carbonating in a sealed bottle, you are prone to explosions if you're not very careful about the pressure build-up inside the bottle. The caps on these bottles have a hole in the center, and you put a soft foam gasket to line the top of the cap. The gasket has a small slit cut into the very center. It provides a seal against the bottle rim, and when the pressure inside the bottle increases the gasket expands up through the hole and eventually the slit in the gasket will open ever so slightly to release that pressure. As the pressure reduces, the slit automatically closes and reseals until the carbonation re-pressurizes enough to force it open again. This neatly prevents the bottles from exploding, and prevents you from having to deal with a messy clean up.

But it for yourself. Buy it for your kids. Buy it for your friends (and/or their kids). It's fun and makes a really good Root Beer. Pretty soon you'll find you're exploring other recipes making your own sodas at home and leaving the High Fructose Corn Syrup-laden store sodas behind!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon March 30, 2012
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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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2011
This product is a good starting point if your interested in learning and start your own home-brew beers.
It has almost all the items you need to start brewing right out of the box - All you need is table-sugar, dark brown sugar and water. And, your time and labor...
The only problem that I have with this product is that they drill a hole into all the bottle caps and it comes with four gaskets - These gaskets acts as a pressure-gauge. The pressure-gauge gasket, I think, let out the gas at low pressure - So, I end up with soda that is low in carbon dioxide, more of a weak champagne, the fizzy, not the flavor...
I believe the reason they done this is for safety and to keep the soda from exploding in the refrigerator - To keep the mess down to minimal and to keep the consumer happy...
But, on my second batch of root-beer, I've collected gaskets from 20 oz. Coca-Cola plastic bottles. I used these plastic gaskets to replace the pressure-gauge gasket - These gaskets fits perfectly into the drill-out caps...
In all & all, the root-beer came out delicious - "The best root beer I have ever tasted."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2012
We gave Mr.Root Beer Kits to 5 families with children who couldn't wait to start brewing. The gift prompted family time and was easy enough even the smaller children could participate. The flavor and quality was "store bought" comparable. I would not hesitate giving this gift again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 2014
I was skeptical of this home brew root beer kit but found it very easy to make if you following the instructions precisely.

Be certain to read the instructions thoroughly prior to starting, especially the part about what you need from your own kitchen.

Aside from the typical measuring utensils and a bowl, you will need a gallon sized container. The instructions call for a gallon milk jug which if used, will fill the bottles perfectly. If you use a pitcher with a lid, you risk the chance of not adding enough water which will lead to not completely full bottles of root beer.

Although the taste is excellent I don't believe I will be purchasing again. The root beer syrup has the ingredients listed on the back of the package. I'm not too fond of the preservatives and dyes listed but the one that especially stands out of the propylene glycol which is a chemical used in antifreeze and de-icing solutions used on air crafts. Granted this chemical is biodegradable and apparently listed as an approved substance from the FDA, I think I will pass this product up next time around.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2012
Tastes like a root beer but not quite like an A&W root beer, not a strong root beer flavor. Goes down smooth. Make sure when making this, the water is at the right temperature & make sure to put the root beer into fridge before the bottles get hard (third day was too long & tasted yeasty). The root beer for me was ready in 1 day on the 2nd batch, tasted like brown sugar. I also left a couple of bottles in the fridge longer, thinking this would change the flavor. I'll try to get it right next time, maybe I'll try light brown sugar instead of the dark brown sugar they suggest to use.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2015
The only reason I am not giving it 5 stars is because they did not warn about possible low alcohol content, until it was opened. I gifted it to an adult who is a recovering alcoholic for Christmas. I felt extremely guilty. Everything else was great about it! Got to me quickly and was packaged well. The instructions are very clear and engaging.
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