Of all the soft drinks out there, perhaps nothing is more refreshing than a glass of cold root beer. And nothing tastes quite as good as homemade root beer! If you’re planning a holiday party, a gathering for the big football game, or tailgating before a game, you may find yourself needing a lot of root beer for all your guests. Today we’re sharing a recipe for making homemade root beer using dry ice to carbonate and chill the drink. Be sure you use proper handling techniques when using the dry ice and make the root beer in a well-ventilated room!
Here’s what you’ll need to make 5 gallons of root beer:
- a 2-ounce bottle of root beer concentrate
- 5 gallons of cool water
- 4 pounds of sugar
- 5 pounds of pellet dry ice (food grade)
- 10-gallon container with a vented lid
The vented lid is important so you don’t cause a messy explosion!
To make the root beer, first pour the cool water into the container. The cooler the water, the more carbon dioxide from the dry ice will dissolve into the water and create more fizz. After pouring the water, add the sugar and stir until it has completely dissolved. Next, add the root beer concentrate to the mixture. Finally, while wearing gloves, add the dry ice. Keep the top of the container loosely covered when adding the dry ice because the solution will start bubbling and possibly cause a mess! Keep an eye on the venting of the container – if the vent is too tight, you’ll cause an explosion from the sublimation pressure buildup. If it’s too loose or completely open, the carbon dioxide will escape more and not enough of it will be present to make the root beer fizz.
Make sure the dry ice has completely sublimated before drinking the root beer!
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