Make Your Own Soda — Root Beer Soda Kit

$45.00

Everything you need to make Real Root Beer at home!

Root Beer Soda Spice + Ginger Bug Soda Starter Combo Set

The Real Deal! Authentic Homebrewed Vanilla Root Beer Spice Make your own creamy, delicious, authentic vanilla root beer at home with our Classic American Root Beer Soda Spice & Ginger Bug Soda Starter kit.  Authentic roots and spices like sarsaparilla, birch bark, wild cherry bark, and licorice.

  • Includes: Root Beer Soda Spice Kit + Root Beer Soda Recipe + Ginger Bug Soda Starter
  • Root Beer Spice: Makes 64 oz (one half-gallon) of homebrewed Root Beer
  • Ginger Bug Starter: Lives indefinitely with proper care–just like a sourdough starter. Make soda forever!
  • Made with natural, wildcrafted , & organic ingredients –just add sugar + vanilla!

 

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Learn how to make authentic root beer soda at home with our soda kit!

Our Root Beer Soda Spice is a blend of authentic roots and spices delicately balanced to create an amazingly smooth, creamy, and addictive take on Classic American Root Beer. This isn't some "herbal" root beer--it's the real deal, authentic, creamy, homebrewed Classic American Root Beer.

What's a Ginger Bug?
Much like a sourdough starter, a Ginger Bug is a concentrated culture of beneficial bacteria and wild yeasts ("bugs") used to kickstart the fermentation process. When a Ginger Bug is added to a soda mixture, the bugs get to work converting the sugar from the mixture into alcohol and lactic acid. This process also produces carbon dioxide which naturally "carbonates" our mixture.

Here's what you need to know:

  • Root Beer Soda Kit Includes: Root Beer Soda Spices, Root Beer Soda Instructions, Ginger Bug Soda Starter + Instructions.
  • Includes all roots & spices. You will need to add vanilla extract, sugar, and molasses.
  • Soda is ready to enjoy in as little as 48 hours, but can be fermented longer for a deeper flavor.
  • Soda-making requires glass swing-top soda bottles (like these).

About This Soda Spice...

"I tried online root beer recipes for months with no success. They were all missing that something that made root beer...well, delicious. Let's be honest, we all know what root beer is supposed to taste like! I wanted something made from authentic roots, but that didn't taste like an "herbal" beverage. The end result is this Classic Root Beer Spice. It's got a classic vanilla creaminess that you'd expect from root beer, with a hint of sarsaparilla and warming spices to brighten it up. It's so perfectly balanced and smooth. Follow the included recipe exactly (adding the vanilla extract, light + dark brown sugars, and molasses) and you'll be hooked. This root beer is like a fine wine---it gets better the longer you let it ferment in the bottle. Creating this spice was a labor of love. I know you're going to love it!"

How to Make Root Beer Soda with a Ginger Bug

This is a basic overview of the soda making process. Don't worry though: your Root Beer Soda Kit already includes detailed recipes for making soda at home. This is just to give you an idea of how easy it is to make soda. You can also check out our Homestead Blog for more recipe inspiration.

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    Step One: Brew Your Soda Spice

    Follow the included instructions and add Part I of your Root Beer Spice to 4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, cover pot, and reduce heat down to a simmer. Allow mixture to simmer on low for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove pot from heat, add Part II of your Root Beer Soda Spice, cover pot, and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Strain liquid into a large bowl and add vanilla, sugar, and molasses. Stir until sugar fully dissolved. Add 4 cups of ice cold water to your mixture and allow to cool to room temp.

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    Step Two: Add Your Ginger Bug & Ferment

    Add 1/2 cup of strained, rehydrated, active Ginger Bug Soda Starter and mix well. Cover your container with a cloth and set in a dark, warm, dry location for 24-48 hours. Within that time, you should see a good bit of bubbles on the surface of your soda mix. 

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    Step Three: Bottle Your Root Beer

    Fill 4x 16oz glass swing-top homebrewing soda bottles with your soda mixture and allow to ferment in the same dark location for 12-24 hours. This step is crucial to get a good fizz and a fun "soda pop." Do not ferment for longer than 24 hours without "burping" (releasing pressure) from the bottles each day.

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    Step 4: Refrigerate & Enjoy

    Place your soda bottles into the refrigerator to cool. Your soda is ready to enjoy once completely chilled. That's it! You can choose to ferment your root beer longer in the bottles for a deeper flavor. For a super foamy root beer top, do not refrigerate immediately; instead pour over ice and serve

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does a Ginger Bug Last?

With proper care, your Ginger Bug will live indefinitely.

A Ginger Bug works exactly like a sourdough starter in almost every way.

Dehydrated Ginger Bug: your dehydrated Ginger Bug will last indefinitely. For the best long-term storage, store the pouch in the refrigerator or a cool, dark location.
 
Hydrated Ginger Bug: Once hydrated, a Ginger Bug needs to be fed 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and 1/4 cup of water everyday. If you don't plan on using your hydrated Ginger Bug often, you can also store it in the refrigerator and feed it once weekly. 
 
Each time you use your Ginger Bug starter to make a soda, you'll be using about 1/2 cup of Ginger Bug liquid per 1/2 gallon of soda. The remaining bug can be stored in the fridge or on the counter for future use.

What Is Your Ginger Bug Made From?

Our Dehydrated Ginger Bug starter is made by taking our family's active, bubbly Ginger Bug ferment and dehydrating it at very low temperatures.

Our Ginger Bug is fed a completely organic diet of organic ginger root, organic raw sugar, and filtered water. 

Is There Alcohol in Homebrewed Soda?

By definition, alcohol is a by product of the soda fermentation process. However, homebrewed sodas undergo a short fermentation period (24-48 hours) which produces significantly less alcohol than that of kombucha or longer fermented drinks. 

How Much Ginger Bug Starter Will I Receive?

Our kit includes 1 packet (4g) of Dehydrated Ginger Bug starter.

How Do I Rehydrate My Ginger Bug?

Our Dehydrated Ginger Bug kit comes with detailed instructions on how to rehydrate and maintain your starter. Rehydration involves feeding your Ginger Bug some ginger, sugar, and water each day until it is and active happy bug.

Is A Ginger Bug Starter Similar To Sourdough Starter?

Yes! A Ginger Bug starter is very similar to a sourdough starter. Both are concentrated lactobacillus ferments which must be fed routinely and can be used to make larger ferments.

How Do You Make Soda With A Ginger Bug?

Making homebrewed couldn't be easier. The basic process goes like this:

  • Step 1- Create a soda syrup by combining sugar, water, and flavor from fruit juice, teas, roots, herbs, etc. 
  • Step 2 - Combine 1 cup of strained Ginger Bug starter per 1 Gallon of soda syrup in a glass jar. 
  • Step 3 - Cover jar and set in a dark location to ferment for 24 hours. 
  • Step 4 - After 24 hours, bottle your soda into glass swing-top homebrew bottles (like these) to capture the bubbles. Let ferment for another 12-24 hours before refrigerating. Enjoy cold!

Some sodas can take a little more time to ferment depending on ingredients and fermenting environment.

How Long Does It Take To Make Soda?

You can enjoy homebrewed soda in as little as 48 hours from start to finish.

Do I Need Swing-Top Bottles?

Yes, to make homebrewed soda you'll need a few glass swing-top bottles (like these).

How Do I Store My Ginger Bug?

Your Dehydrated Ginger Bug Starter can be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator until ready to use.
An active Ginger Bug can be stored at room temperature with daily feedings or in the refrigerator with weekly feedings.

How Much Does Shipping Cost?

Shipping is Free for US customers.

What is Your Return Policy?

Due to the nature of the product, we cannot accept returns or exchanges. All sales are final.

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