Food of the Seventies, Hires Home-brew Root Beer

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A little bottle of root beer concentrate - you add water and let it ferment in your basement, then you bottle it into those huge glass jugs! It was short on fizz but we liked it!
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Greg - July 01, 2009 - Report this comment
I never had the "home brew" stuff, but man, there was nothing better than an ice cold Hires Root Beer from the soda machine. When I was kid growing up in St. Louis, we had these soda vending machine with a vertical stack of bottled drinks enclosed by a clear refrigerator-type door. In the hot summers, we would open these thin doors and feel the cold air rush out. it was one of my fondest and most endearing memories of youth. It made the soda, no matter what kind, taste that much better.
Magpie - August 01, 2011 - Report this comment
I tried this once. What a pain in the butt! I had to buy a 5 gallon wine making carboil and a couple of POUNDS of sugar. The best thing that could be said of the result is that it tasted sort of like root beer--mildly alcoholic root beer. But after a couple of days at it's optimum freshness, it started to taste like rotten fruit.
gatorsoft - August 13, 2016 - Report this comment
Magpie must have done something wrong. My family made several batches in the 60’s and 70's. We loved it. We bought a bottle capper and bottled it in stubby beer bottles. The yeast gave it a unique flavor and, yes, over time would produce an alcohol content. Sometime in the 80's my mother sent some of the extract to Diane Fosse in Africa where she was studying gorillas after reading that she craved Hires homemade rootbeer.
Rob Lambert - May 06, 2017 - Report this comment
Hires Root Beer was definitely a product of the seventies...the EIGHTEEN seventies. Founded by C.E. Hires in Philadelphia, 1876. In early times, sassafras was the main ingredient, but later banned by the FDA as being a cause of liver failure. Around 1910, Hires began selling mix kits that enabled customers to home-brew their own root beer. That practice ended by 1981. Today, Dr. Pepper/Seven-Up sells Hires.

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