Do you remember me being a little crazy about root beer and buying one bottle of every single brand at our local microbrew store? Well, my ever so thoughtful husband found this little gem somewhere on the Internets, and for Christmas, I opened a big brown box to see this beauty:
Ok, I admit, it’s probably not as beautiful as, say, a Silhouette Cameo, but I was pretty durn excited!
Right off the bat, it smelled a bit minty and rootbeer-y. The instructions made it sound like a advanced chemistry set, which I haven’t played with in years. I was just hoping I didn’t accidentally turn anything green or have to evacuate the house due to noxious fumes.
The first step was to sanitize everything. Drew said I could use bleach, but the helpful guys provided some cleanser in the kit, so I didn’t have to worry about messing with bleach. Good thing. This whole process took a while, as I was reading everything twice so I wouldn’t screw up. There are materials enough for 2 batches in the kit, but I didn’t really want to lose the first one to total incompetence or lack of instruction-reading.
In the end, though, I think I was successful, although I really won’t know until I pour my first bottle out and have my first sip. So far so good though – nothing turned green, and all my careful measurements according to the directions worked out the way they said it would. I even followed the specific tips that said I should be slightly anal-retentive about making sure there was the same amount of liquid in each bottle.
The kit even came with labels to make your brown plastic bottles look super cool and professional.
Oh yeah, and there’s my sister. She wants to say hi.
I’m sure there will be a followup on the blog or Facebook or Instagram when I crack open that first bottle. I have to wait until the yeast inside creates some carbonation, then refrigerate it for a day before we can enjoy my homemade root beer. Sure hope it works out!