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Friday, May 7, 2010

Brewing your own root beer


 Happy Mothers' day...
So it's Mother's day weekend and you might wish that you could stay in a hotel and curl up with a book and take a soaking hot tub soak, OH wait,that is my wish. Anyway, I love my son but just one day out of the year I would love to be alone in a hotel, with books, sushi and a hot tub. I am serious. I do enjoy doing things with him and he is always on the go today we....played in the outdoor water table...
 then last week we worked on making root beer,
it takes  a few weeks to be read to drink. Finally last night it was ready and we had root beer floats.
He was in a Pre-K program but now we are home 
until my new job starts and his Kindergarten starts in
September.  He is always on the go...
If you would like to make root beer  here is the directions:
You can find the kits on line...
it comes with 2oz bottle of  root beer extract
1 pkg of champagne yeast (  never heard of this kind till now)
1 funnel
4 blank soda labels ( you can name your soda anything you want)
You need to save 2 two liter plastic soda bottles with screw caps or 4 1 liter plastic bottles.
You will need 2 cups of sugar and a large cooking pot to hold a gallon of liquid
step one clean the bottles thoroughly, then in a small bowl dissolve no more than 1/4 teaspoon of yest in warm (98)degrees water - stir and  let stand a few minutes. While yeast is dissolving proceed to step 3.
step3 Shake bottle of extract well. In a clean pot containing one gallon of warm tap water add two cups of sugar and ONE tablespoon of extract. stir till sugar is dissolved.
step 4 Now add the dissolved yeast to the sugar and water mixture and stir thoroughly. You may taste the mixture and adjust the sugar if you like a sweeter soda.
step 5 Using the funnel, fill the soda bottles to within 1 to 1 1/2 inches from the top. Seal tightly with the well washed bottle caps. Be sure to screw the caps on firmly, remember that bottles not sealed well will loose pressure and taste flat or sour.
step6 make a nice label for you soda. markers crayons
Put a date on your soda when you bottled and when it's ready to drink which is 10 days from bottling.
step 7 lay your bottles on their sides to check for leaks. Leave in a warm place ( 72-75) degrees for 3 to 5 days/ Move to a cool dark place ( 60 or so degrees) for a week to 10 days
*****Yeast are microscopic plants with the ability to reproduce quickly and turn sugar into carbon dioxide, it is the carbon dioxide gas that gives soda its fizz, too much yeast and you will wind up with too much foam or worst burst bottles and a big MESS!! use fresh yeast.
 SO if you are going to be alone on Mother's day, with your grown children or with your young children enjoy the day. If your mother has passed, sit down and have a cup of tea and think of the ways she raised you and how she kept you busy and organized. If your seeing your own mother today .. Tell her 3 things you remember from your childhood that she was a big part of? a fun trip, a party, a lesson she taught you???
Enjoy the beauty of the day.. either way...
I doubt I will be eating sushi with a few new books in a hotel but I can dream...


  and on Monday he will be keeping me busy with his ladybug adventure... we went  on line to insect lore and ordered our own ladybug larva... so the adventure with a boy and his mom continues....

3 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I've seen those before and always wondered if it tasted good.

Holly said...

I am very intrigued with the idea of brewing my own rootbeer!

gayle said...

Have a Happy Mother's Day!!

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