So my husband really wants to make his own root beer... so here was his first attempt.  It unfortunately was a fail.  We opened it and it smelled awful!! The taste was not as bad as the smell but it certainly didn't taste like root beer.  This was the recipe he used...

Recipe from Dave B. Fankhauser
1 cup table sugar
1 tablespoon McCormick Root Beer extract
1/4 teaspoon baking yeast
Fresh cool water

He added the sugar and yeast into the bottle with a funnel and shook it around to distribute the two together.  He then added the extract and filled the bottle halfway with cool fresh water, swirled it to dissolve all ingredients, then he filled it the rest of the way leaving an inch of head space.  He then inverted it a couple times to make sure all ingredients had dissolved.  Afterwards he put the bottle in a dark cool place (the basement) for three or four days until it the bottle became very hard.  Once it was hard he refrigerate overnight and the next day he cracked it open just a bit to release a bit of the gas and then it's ready to drink. 

We're trying to figure out where we went wrong and we're thinking it might have been the sugar... we didn't have any table sugar (white refined sugar) so we used Sugar in the Raw... which personally I'm not quite sure why that would make such a drastic difference in anything... But we're going to try it again with plain 'ol sugar and see if that helps.  If not then we may search out a different recipe... But either way this was a blast and I think my husband found a new passion!!!

My homemade lotion was a bit more successful... I followed a recipe from A Sonoma Garden which was extremely simple!  It turned out great and my mother LOVES it! 

1 1/4 cup hot water
1/4 cup emulsifying wax
1/4 cup olive oil
24-36 drops of essential oil

I omitted the essential oil for now as I practice different recipes to make sure I have the consistency that I want so I don't waste my essential oils since I don't have that much.  Well let me tell you this one is definitely a winner!  I'm still going to try out different recipes just to see and compare... and I think it would be even better if it was a bit more creamier so I have a few books coming from the library that I'm very excited to get... all about homemade skincare!  But I highly recommend you give this one a try if you've been thinking about making your own lotion! Oh yeah... and in my next batch I'm considering adding a few drops of Vitamin E oil.

7/24/2011 04:10:40 am

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7/24/2011 08:58:34 am

Sweet Fate: I'm so glad to have you here and thank you for your kind words!! I'll definitely take a look at your Etsy shop and your soap!!


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