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Zatarain's Root Beer - Non-Alcoholic, keg instructions

152.25 calories 16.86 g 12 oz
Beer Stats
Method: BIAB
Style: No Profile Selected
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 5 gallons (fermentor volume)
Pre Boil Size: 3 gallons
Pre Boil Gravity: 1.077 (recipe based estimate)
Efficiency: 100% (brew house)
Source: KCPup's Mashup of various recipes

Calories: (Per 12oz)
Carbs: (Per 12oz)
Created Monday October 22nd 2012
Amount Fermentable Cost PPG °L Bill %
3 lb Honey3 lb Honey 42 2 56.2%
1 lb Cane Sugar1 lb Cane Sugar 46 0 18.7%
1 lb Brown Sugar1 lb Brown Sugar 45 15 18.7%
5.40 oz Maltodextrin5.4 oz Maltodextrin 39 0 6.3%
5.34 lb / 0.00
Mash Guidelines
Amount Description Type Temp Time
12 qt Warm water to add sugars and extract -- 150 °F --
Other Ingredients
Amount Name Cost Type Use Time
1 each Zatarain's Extract - full bottle Other Other --
1.50 tsp Vanilla Extract Other Other --
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1 Each
Attenuation (avg):
Optimum Temp:
66 - 72 °F
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This is for non-alcoholic root beer using one full bottle Zatarain's root beer extract.

I use RO water/filtered water for best flavor.

Heat 3 gallons water to about 150 degrees.

Get all honey out of containers by sloshing warm water in container after emptying out into brew pot.

Add in the sugars.

Then add root beer extract. Get ALL the extract out of bottle by sloshing water in the bottle with cap on to get all the last drops.

After each of above steps, stir well!

In a corny keg, add the remaining 2 gallons of room temp RO water.

When all above ingredients have been mixed well on stovetop, turn off heat and remove from the warm burner. Add vanilla extract and stir again to blend and incorporate.

Pour the entire contents of pot into the corny containing the last 2 gallons of water. The pouring should blend all 5 gallons of liquid together well.

Let cool and force carb to about 3.5-4.0 volumes.

Alternatively, and to speed carbonation (takes longer than beer due to sugar content), chill the 3 gallons in pot in fridge after the stirring step. Leave in fridge and go ahead and force carbonate the 2gallons of water in the keg. Once carbed to 3.5-4, SLOWLY pour (so slow, like 16 oz at a time) the chilled mixture into the keg. If you don't go crazy slow, there will be a "boil over" effect and is it sticky and messy! Finish carbing and enjoy.

You'll need LONG line length to serve without too much foam!

The Maltodextrin amount recommended (and higher than I've ever tried...before just 2 oz) by AHA poster. It made ALL the difference! This was best root beer I've made. This keg almost kicked at the party, almost keeping up with the beer! Will always use this amount of maltodextrin from now on.

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C's 04/05/2017 at 06:43am
I was looking up substitution amounts concerning honey. According to many online sources, you *should* use 1/3 to 1/2 less honey in place of sugar. The directions on the bottle say to I've 3-4 pounds of sugar per 5 gallons. So with all the sugars you have that's roughly 8.5 lbs equivalent to the 4 pounds of sugar. Is this recipe crazy sweet? I want to try it, but worry 3lbs of honey is way too much. I am asking seriously and not trying to be an asshole. Anyone else try this recipe? It sounds delicious. Thanks for posting.

kcpup 04/05/2017 at 01:22pm
Hi, C's -
I posted this recipe. No, it's not crazy sweet. I adapted this recipe from about three different ones. The honey idea I got from this recipe:

Go check out the recipe. You'll see the 3 lbs honey 2 lbs sugar. I changed it to brown and white sugar because I wanted to avoid the too sweet issue. Brown sugar is common in root beer recipes and it is less "saccharine" sweet than white sugar. I cannot over emphasize how important the maltodextrine is. It adds the body and mouthfeel to the root beer. I also now only use 1-2 gallons to mix the ingredients into instead of 3. It takes so much longer to force carb that much sugar, pre carbing the plain water really sleds up the process....pour slowly and carefully. I use a 2 cup measuring cup to pour into the keg. Finally, Zatarain's extract is far and away the favorite. If you elect to try this recipe and are still worried about sweetness, just use a big pot, sweeten using the full 5 gallon of water, and you'll know EXACTLY what it will taste like...there's no fermentation so you'll be tasting the un carbed find product. If you do that, I'd recommend this sequence: water, warmed. Next extract...get it all out of the bottle! Need is vanilla extract. Next honey. Add 1 lb, taste keep adding until you're happy with sweetness or until it's all 3 lbs. Next, brown sugar .5 lb at a time. Finally white sugar added .5 at a time (or smaller increments as you wish). Once you're at desired sweetness add the maltodextrine and keg. I've been making this recipe as written for years...I haven't modified the ingredients in years. Hope this helps! Cheers

C's 10/03/2017 at 11:44am
5 of 5

This is by far the best recipe using extract that I have ever used. I also made a birch beer following the same guidelines and adjusting the amounts. This is yea4s of trial and error and is perfect. Thanks for posting kcpup! I call it KC's rootbeer!

C's 10/03/2017 at 11:46am
This is by far the best recipe using extract that I have ever used. I also made a birch beer following the same guidelines and adjusting the amounts. This is yea4s of trial and error and is perfect. Thanks for posting kcpup! I call it KC's rootbeer!

kcpup 10/03/2017 at 05:06pm
Thanks, C - I'm glad you like it.. I'd be interested in your birch beer adaption...what extract brand did you use and sweetening adaptions? Cheers

Charles_the_Tiger 12/25/2017 at 12:56pm
1 of 5

I tried this and man am I disappointed in it. It wasn't all that similar to root beer. The aroma was spot on(thanks Zatarain's), but the taste was way off. It was way too thick. I think I made syrup. Yes, used the ingredients in the amounts listed above. In a five gallon keg. I mean, I've seen more viscous spent motor oil. When I try this again next year, I'll forego the maltodextrin completely.

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