8/12/2012 – Do you happen to have a recommended "recipe" for using this extract with the Sodastream carbonator? The point being that the CO2 is injected into the water and then the flavoring is added. So, one would need the recipe for the preparing a flavoring syrup, if that makes sense.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The Zatarain concentrate will work just fine, when mixed with common table sugar. One 4 ounce bottle makes about 4-5 gallons, so it's just a matter of "scaling" down the recipe on the lable...or, for simplicity:To make one quart (or one liter) of Zatarain’s Root Beer, use ½ tablespoon Zatarain’s Root Beer Extract, eight (8) heaping tablespoons . . .
9/30/2010 – I plan on mixing rootbeer and force carbonating it. Do I still add the sugar, or do I just use the extract and water?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You'll need to add sugar to the extract in order to sweeten it, but no additional sugar to carbonate it.In other words, just sweeten to taste, force carbonate, and enjoy!
8/28/2010 – Is the Zatarain's Root Beer Extract in glass or plastic bottles?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It now comes in plastic bottles.
7/22/2010 – Is it possible to make hard root beer? I remember having a bottle of hard root beer in college back in the day but haven't found any recipe's to make it myself. Any suggestions?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It can be done, but not in the standard way (stirring together flavors, sugar, water and yeast). You would need a complete kegging system (about $250), and add alcohol (like vodka) to the rootbeer ingredients. You would then "force" carbonate the rootbeer to make it fizzy!
6/10/2009 – Im trying to find some heavy, unthreaded glass 12 oz. bottles for my root beer brewing...Do you have any idea where I can find them?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Sure, from us!Here is a link to that product
3/24/2008 – Would the Red Star Pasteur Champagne yeast work well for making root beer?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, that would be a good yeast to use. Very neutral flavor, works fast.
1/26/2008 – I live about an hour (if traffic is good) from the address on your website. Do you have an actual store or is everything here based solely online?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we have an actual brick-and-mortar store in Everett, WA. People actually walk in and buy stuff!Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204Heck, you can actually call us on the phone, too! It's 425-355-8865. A person will actually answer as long as it's business hours!
2/25/2007 – I have been reading the homemade soda book (as sold on your site) while impatiently awaiting my order from Homebrew Heaven. In the book, the author cautions that he has a problem with bottles of his root beer exploding if stored at room temperature, due to the ongoing yeast action. Has this been your experience as well?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Like many things questions...it depends. If you are referring to the Homebrew Soda Extracts, no, we haven't seen that due to the preservatives in the soda extract that prevent over-carbonation.If you are referring to the Zatarain's soda extract, yes, we have heard of this happening. It doesn't have the preservatives, and so after the . . .
2/10/2007 – First attempt to make root beer. I am considering adding honey to the mix as you have suggested but in all of the Q&A's I havent seen how much honey to mix in? Thanks for all the help and keep up the good work!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It's a matter of taste, primarily. For at start, try substituting about 1/4 of the sugar you would normally use with honey.
1/4/2007 – if i order a soda extract what else do i need ie:yeast? etc
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Just use the concentrate, some champagne yeast and sugar. As far as equipment, you'll need something to mix it in, and strong bottles and caps. These can be glass, and you can apply caps with a capper, or you can use plastic screw type bottle. Don't forget some sanitizer, too.
9/25/2006 – i want to make root beer to be dispensed from a 5-gallon keg. could i brew the soda with yeast in the keg? would i even use yeast? what is the best method?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: If you have a complete kegging system, there is no need to use yeast. Simply mix, carbonate with CO2 and dispense. That is how I would do it.
7/4/2006 – is there a temperature that you recommend to allow the bottles to carbonate at? Will the process be spoiled if too cold or too warm?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Room temperature is about right. Technically, if you use our champagne yeast, it should work from about 45-95 deg F. Your soda pop will carbonate faster at warm temperatures, and slower at cold. If it it way TOO cold, like 40 deg F or lower, it may not carbonate at all.
12/18/2005 – I have brewed a batch of rootbeer, and after letting it stand on it's side for two days, I tested it for the right amount of carbonation, and found it lacking. is there any way that I can increase the amount of carbonation or is my whole batch a flop?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Just keep it at room temperature, and it will carbonate. Sometimes it takes longer, is all.
9/10/2005 – Can you also put the root beer in a 5 gallon keg?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absolutely. That is what they were originally designed for.
7/11/2005 – Can you use alternate forms of "table" sugar such as light and dark brown sugars, or Turbinado sugar, or combinations of any of the above?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For soda pop? Yes, any of those will do just fine, and add a little character was well. Honey is also a nice addition.
5/20/2005 – Hi - Love your store and am now just about a regular - I hope. Can you give me a Cliff Notes version of soda making - what I need, supplies, how to, etc. I think it would be fun for my kids. They would love to make rootbeer, I think.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Thank YOU, Kim. Making soda pop is easy, real easy. To give it a try, order a few flavors, and start saving your plastic soda bottles...the kind you buy soda in now. They will wash out nicely, just save the caps.The soda flavors come with complete instructions, but here is the "Cliff Notes" version:To make 4 gallons:Stir together . . .
4/9/2005 – This isn’t really a question but a tip for the soda pop makers out there: After you bottle your soda place bottles in a plastic storage bin (with cover) and place bin in an out of the way spot for fermentation to take place. Should you have a bottle burst it will greatly minimize the cleanup!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Good advice, if using glass bottles. Plastic is much safer.
2/24/2005 – Can Splenda be substitued for sugar when making root beer? We would prefer low cal root beer.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Only partially. Some sugar is necessary to produce the carbonation.
11/28/2004 – I have a kegging system I use for my homebrew. Can I keg soda? If I do, should I force carbonate it? If so, what are the procedures?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, they were designed and built FOR soda. Force carbonating a great way to do it. The procedures are exactly the same for soda as it is for beer.
7/23/2004 – Hi, I want to make this root beer. I make beer at home so I have the equip. What I need to know is, what else do I need, and how much for a 5 gallon batch.Thanks
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You just need this extract, champagne yeast, some table sugar, water and the equipment you already have (capper, caps, bottles etc). This will make 5 gallons of root beer.
7/19/2004 – My favorite soda is Vanilla Coke. I'd like to make it and put on tap in a 5 gallon keg. Should I mix cola extract with cream soda extract, or cola with a vanilla flavoring? I'd hate to ruin 5 gallons of soda to figure this out.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I'll confess that I haven't tried this modification. My guess, however, is to use the cola extract with vanilla flavoring. You would probably have to use a lot of cream soda flavoring to get the flavor you are after. Just a guess!Another twist is to add a whole vanilla bean, and let it sit for a week or two before drinking.
6/23/2004 – If I order a soda extract, what else do I need to make a batch of soda?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For ingredients, you'll need water, sugar and yeast. We recommend champagne yeast.For equipment, you'll need a bucket, a long spoon, some bottles, caps and capper. Oh yes, some sanitizer is good too.
3/31/2004 – How long does root beer keep after it is bottled?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: As long as your bottles and caps are sanitized, it should last a LONG time. How long I not sure. I've never had it "go bad", so we can't really say.
3/19/2004 – I would like to know how you would rate you soda extract kits if I followed the direction's that they come with. Would you rate the end product as like a name brand soda or an off brand or possibly somewhere in between? I usally only drink pepsi and good root beer and cream soda. Do you think that it is possible to add a little carmel to . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I'll confess that I'm no soda pop connoisseur, but I would rate them as very good. I've made root beer, ginger beer (my favorite) and cream soda. With any of the extracts, it's easy to "alter" them to your tastes by using more (or less) extract to obtain a "premium" soda flavor. Many people also use honey in their root beer for added flavor . . .
1/24/2004 – How come the yeast does not create alcohol? And what is the yeast for?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Wine yeast DOES create alcohol. The function of yeast in making wine is to convert sugars into alcohol and CO2. When making soda pops, there is a preservative that prevents the yeast from converting too much of the sugars into alcohol, however. Normally you end up with less than 1/2 of 1 percent alcohol. The yeast in this case is used . . .
11/21/2003 – Can you make any of the soda pop sugar free?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: To make it completely sugar free, you must use a keg to force carbonate it. There is a LOW calorie version recipe in the box, however, using artificial sweetener and just a very small amount of real sugar (for the bottle carbonation).
11/2/2003 – My father wants to make root beer. I understand that you have ingredients for the root beer but where can i get the equipment to bottle and make the root beer in?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Right here at Homebrew Heaven! We have bottling equipment in the Beer Brewing section, and food grade buckets etc in the Carboys/Fermenters section.See below for the links to take you there
10/14/2003 – Can you mix the soda extract with water in a 5 gal. cornelius keg and then force carbonate it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absolutely! That's the best way possible, in my ( not so) humble opinion.
10/3/2003 – If you make rootbeer and let it sit long enough, does the yeast fermentation create any significant amount of alcohol?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not really. It produces less than 1/2 of 1% alcohol. It would take a heckofalota soda pop to give a buzz.
9/24/2003 – My husband wants to make homemade root beer and bottle it for future use, what kind of supplies do we need to start?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The easy way is to use the concentrate that we sell, some wine yeast and sugar. As far as equipment, you'll need something to mix it in, and strong bottles and caps. These can be glass, and you can apply caps with a capper, or you can use plastic screw type bottle. Don't forget some sanitizer, too.
9/6/2003 – As with your beer brewing kits, are the soda making kits complete? Nothing like brewing with the family, but the kids aren't going to be allowed to test the beer.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The soda extracts are the flavorings necessary to make soda pop, and have instructions on how to use them. We sell the yeast separately. You can use plain, household sugar, or corn sugar (we sell that separately also). Oh yes..you'll need water!It will also be necessary to provide bottles, caps etc. and something to stir it all together . . .
8/17/2003 – Is this the proper champagne wine yeast to use in making home rootbeer? If not what is? I was told to use dry ice or champagne yeast. If this is right , how do I use it and how much?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, this yeast will work well. For our soda flavors, use about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon per 4 gallons. One 5 gram package is more than enough for this much. For "other" recipes, flavors etc...frankly, I don't know.
7/28/2003 – I have never made soda. How long does it take, and what is the shelf life? I was thinking about making some for my children at Christmas.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Good idea! Kids love seeing (and helping) with the process, as well as drinking the product. It takes about a half-hour to stir it together, and about 2-3 weeks for the soda to fully carbonate. If you bottle into plastic (soda) bottles, you can tell it's ready when the bottles are hard.
7/12/2003 – How much water and sugar for the extract. How well does it carbonate?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: To make 5 gallons, use 3-4 lbs. sugar, 1 bottle extract and 1 package (5 gram) yeast. Carbonation occurs very quickly with this extract.
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