This Root beer is bound to be a hit at any gathering. It is very easy, ice cold and yummy. Use a large insulated drink cooler to brew it in, and everyone can help themselves using the spigot. This is best to do outdoors or place the cooler in the kitchen sink as it brews. Dry ice can be dangerous. Be sure to use gloves when handling. Do not allow children to handle the dry ice.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
total:
5 mins
Servings:
64
Yield:
4 gallons
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Ingredients

64
Original recipe yields 64 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large cooler, mix together the sugar and water, stirring to dissolve sugar completely. Stir in the root beer extract. Carefully place the dry ice into the cooler, and cover loosely with the lid. Do not secure the lid, as pressure may build up.

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  • Let the mixture brew for about an hour before serving. Leftover root beer can be stored in one gallon milk jugs.

Nutrition Facts

73 calories; proteing; carbohydrates 18.7g 6% DV; fatg; cholesterolmg; sodium 5.9mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2005
We have updated this recipe to include the correct amount of rootbeer extract. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/08/2003
I rated this 2 stars for 2 reasons 1 is that the mesurement of the extract is subject to the brand used some extracts like the brand HOMEBREW only use 4 tablespoons for 4 to 5 gallons water and the 2nd is for the personal reason that extract = cheat no knocks intended there just a personal thing but you may want to tell us want brand to use. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 23
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2005
We have updated this recipe to include the correct amount of rootbeer extract. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2005
MADE THIS FOR 4TH OF JULY. IT WAS A HIT. THE KIDS LOVES WATCHING THE DRY ICE SMOKE AND BUBBLE. THE ADULTS LOVED THE TASTE. I USED McCORMICK FLAVORING BUT INCREASED THE AMOUNT FROM 2 OUNCES TO ABOUT 3 OUNCES. I BOILED 1 GALLON OF WATER 6 CUPS OF SUGAR COOLED WHEN READY TO SERVE ADDED 1 GALLON CHILLED SELTZER WATER 1 1/3 GALLON WATER AND 5 POUNDS DRY ICE--NO SUBSTITUTE-- THE DRY ICE GIVES IT THE FIZZ AND THAT ICY TASTE-- WILL MAKE MORE NEXT TIME WE RAN OUT Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/07/2003
I rated this 2 stars for 2 reasons 1 is that the mesurement of the extract is subject to the brand used some extracts like the brand HOMEBREW only use 4 tablespoons for 4 to 5 gallons water and the 2nd is for the personal reason that extract = cheat no knocks intended there just a personal thing but you may want to tell us want brand to use. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/27/2005
Hi this is Lesa the submitter of this recipe. There was a typo on the amount of extract to use. I use 1 bottle (I think 2 ounces) of schilling rootbeer extract. I can only imagine how awful this is with a full cup. Sry all! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/28/2008
This was a big hit at our 4th of July party. Kids and adults alike could not get enough. We made 4 gallons using about 1.75 bottles (2 oz.) of McCormick root beer extract 6-2 liter bottles of club soda for half of the sugar we used dark brown sugar. It had a very rich yummy flavor. We also used 10 pounds of dry ice started off with 5 and it all melted away in an hour. Got 5 more and it stayed icy until the last drop was drained. Made it in one of those gatorade 6 gallon beverage coolers. Excellent! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/24/2007
I loved this recipe. It tasted just like the kind my father makes at Halloween. I made it for a party and served it with ice cream for root beer floats:) yummy delicious outstanding superb!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/25/2009
really good I have made this twice and I found that you need to mix everything together first then add the dry ice Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/07/2003
It was ok we made only 1 GAL of root beer. We cut back the amount of root beer recipe called for still a bit strong. We served it with homemade ice cream and was very good but remember root beer will not be carbonated. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2008
This was a hit at a July 4th get together. I used a bit more dry ice but I had compliments from every age group on this root beer! Thank you! I used 1 ounce of Lorann's root beer flavor. Read More
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