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Hires Big H Root Beer Extract, Root Beer Soda and Dessert Syrup, 4 Fl Oz (Pack of 2)
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|Flavor||Root Beer Extract|
|Brand||Hires Big H|
|Volume||4 Fluid Ounces|
|Package Weight||0.28 Kilograms|
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- MAKE YOUR OWN ROOT BEER: Go ahead and give in to nostalgia! Our old-fashioned root beer extract lets you make your own delicious homemade root beer drinks, floats, and desserts.
- HOMEMADE OLD-FASHIONED ROOT BEER: Our classic, flavored root beer extract is a simple, pure way to make a superior-tasting craft soda that’s free of the chemicals and additives in bottled carbonated drinks.
- A CLASSIC DESSERT: Who doesn’t love a cold, frosty root beer float? Just pair your homemade root beer with your favorite vanilla ice cream. Once properly prepared, Hires Big H Root Beer Extract also makes a delicious snow-cone syrup.
- FUN & EASY TO USE: One bottle of our root beer extract lets you make 3 gallons of real old-fashioned root beer soda. Every bottle includes an easy recipe for making your own root beer with dry ice.
- AMERICAN TRADITION OF QUALITY: Hires Drive-In was founded in 1959 and is nationally famous for its sauces, condiments, and flavorings. Hires Big H is locally owned, and its products are crafted in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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HOMEMADE OLD-FASHIONED ROOT BEER
Go ahead and give in to nostalgia! Our old-fashioned root beer extract lets you make your own delicious homemade root beer drinks, floats, and desserts.
You only need 4 things to make the PERFECT glass of ice cold homemade root beer!
- Hires Big H Root Beer Extract
- Dry Ice
- Cold Water
Fun & Delicious Beverage for Parties!
Make our famous homemade root beer for kids birthday parties, family gatherings, holiday parties and so much more!
Root Beer Flavored Cupcakes
Use our root beer extract to make heavenly sweet baked goods.
Homemade Root Beer Ice Cream Floats
Use to make old-fashioned diner style root beer floats. A perfect dessert for every summer party!
Share an Ice Cold Glass with Friends!
Offer our homestyle root beer as a delicious beverage paired with a table full of all American food.
Hires Drive-In was founded in 1959 by Don Hale. Don was a grocer by trade. During the depression, his parents built a grocery store onto their home to help supplement the family income. He decided to become a restaurateur by opening a hamburger drive-in in Salt Lake City. Because of his attention to detail, Hires Big H Drive-In has become famous for its sensational Big H, fresh-cut fries, homemade onion rings, special dipping sauce, and frosty mugs of root beer.
|Hires Big H Root Beer Extract||Hires Big H Cherry Syrup||Hires Big H Vanilla Syrup||Hires Big H Fry Sauce|
|How to use||Make fresh, cold root beer - right at home!||Add a dash to your cup to create your favorite cherry coke.||Add a splash to your cup to make a delicious vanilla Dr Pepper.||Dunk your favorite fries or onion rings into our famous fry sauce or use it on your burgers & hot dogs!|
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Package Dimensions : 4.57 x 3.5 x 1.57 inches; 4 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Hires Big H
- ASIN : B00SLX0UCQ
- Country of Origin : USA
- Customer Reviews:
Water, Propylene Glycol, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Gum Arabic, Caramel Color, Sodium Benzoate (preserve freshness).
Add the Big H Root Beer extract and sugar to cold water and mix thoroughly in an open food-safe container. Add dry ice to the mixture without covering in a well-ventilated area and stir frequently to prevent dry ice from clumping to the bottom of the container. Continue to stir until the dry ice has dissolved. For root beer slushes add slightly more dry ice.
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As an adult, I wanted to share that tradition with my children, so I looked into it and found the old recipe. Unfortunately the original Hires extract is no longer made. So I searched out the various brands of true extract available and there aren't many. Zatarains is fairly good, though it has a really licoricey flavor that I'm not as fond of. Rainbow Homebrew also makes one that is pretty good, but their bottles are small and fairly expensive. Then I found Hires Big H. They aren't the original Hires I grew up with, but the flavor is darn close and the instructions on the bottle are identical to my grandma's old recipe. Also the price is good.
But the good news is that I don't have to make it in 4 gallon batches and find glass bottles and caps anymore. There is a really simple recipe I found that works GREAT and is ready in just 24 hours. It's simple and inexpensive and fun to do with my kids.
Here goes. What you need is:
1 2-liter bottle (brand doesn't matter. just make sure it's empty and clean before you use it. Contamination from bacteria will make it taste funny.)
1.5 cups sugar. (Or for a low calorie version, use 1/2 cup sugar and a cup (or equivalent) of granulated splenda or stevia. I prefer a mix of the two. It carbonates just fine)
1/4 tsp yeast (simple bread yeast works, though some prefer champagne yeast which is harder to find)
1.5 tbsp of Rootbeer Extract
All you do is use a funnel to pour the sugar in the empty 2-liter bottle. Add the 1/4 tsp yeast, Add the 1.5 tbsp extract and fill to the top with cool water. The yeast is sensitive to heat, so warm water can be too warm and kill it. I just stick with cool water. Filtered water is best, but tap works. Then screw the cap on, shake it up and lay the bottle on its side for 18-24 hours. The bottle should stay at room temperature. It will take forever to carbonate if cold and will die if the heat gets too high.
You can tell that the process is working if the bottle becomes tight. If you squeeze it and it's hard as a drum, it's carbonated. If you leave it too long the pressure will just keep building so take care when opening it that you do it slowly or you'll have a root beer fountain.
Once it is carbonated, refrigerate it. I will sometimes make a batch and put it in a cooler full of ice to chill it quickly.
Chilling the root beer slows down the carbonation process greatly and make it less likely to erupt with suds.
Also if you want smaller bottles, you can use this 2-liter recipe, mix it up, but instead of sitting it on its side for a day, fill up empty 20 oz bottles. Each 2-liter does about 4 20 Oz bottles. Then just lay those bottles on their sides and you'll end up with the same results a day later.
Enjoy! You'll get excited by how simple it is and if you're like me, you'll want to experiment with carbonating other beverages by adding yeast. (Hint: Apple juice is pretty good, though it tastes beery. Chocolate milk was a mistake.)
P.S. for those worried about the fermentation process, you will not get drunk on homebrewed root beer made this way. The yeast does not have enough time to produce any measurable levels of alcohol. I read an article by a professor who did the math and it would take well over two gallons to equal the alcohol in a single beer.
My recipe: Makes 4 gallons
4 gallons slightly chilled water (too cold may not dissolve all the sugar)
2 cups white & 2 cups brown sugars. Mix with drill & paint stir tool
One bottle of Hires (SHAKE bottle. FYI-most extracts are 1 oz per gallon)
4-5 lbs of dry ice partially broken up (add slowly and as needed to keep the mix from "boiling over")
I have several tricks (like the paint stir tool) that you will have to figure out on your own to serve the root beer to 300 people in a short period of time...)
You ask? "What was the best received flavor from my taste test? Honestly, the brand did not matter. The extracts all have distinct flavors (okay, I tried, in NO specific order: Hires, Zatarains, Cook, Gnome, Rochester (hard to find), Watkins & McCormick.) Some flavors are "drier" (more flavor/less sweet) while others are sweeter (Hires was on the sweet side.) People just wanted cold, fizzy, and sweet with a taste different from commercially bottled root beer (they want a "homemade" flavor and experience...with the mists coming out of the serving containers!) Yes, I have my favorite and I could tell the differences, but honestly, the less expensive $1/oz was as well received/enjoyed as the $4/oz extracts. No one turned down any of the flavors
So I did a bit of searching online for "cola" extracts and what do you know...you can do *exactly* that. My cola extract quest led me to find root beer extract as well! I add somewhere around 1/4 teaspoon of this extract to a 12 oz can of plain, unflavored seltzer. And you know what? It is actually pretty darn good. I've tried a couple of different brands now, and this one tastes the most authentic.
Keep in mind that the flavor is milder than actual store-bought root beer at this amount of flavoring, and it isn't sweet at all...but I really like it!. There's no caffeine in this stuff, but it does contain a pretty good amount of caramel coloring by the looks of it. I really don't mind that at all, but if you do, the All Star Extracts Root Beer Flavor doesn't seem to have much (any?)...it just doesn't taste as good, in my opinion.
Bottom Line: if you've been missing root beer and are trying to avoid sweetened drinks...I give this a strong recommendation.
P.S. I've noticed several reviews where people said that this drink tastes terrible when unsweetened and added to water/seltzer. I cannot stress enough that if you are "used" to sweetened pop (whether with sugar or "diet")...you probably *will* think this tastes bad. Long before I started making my own non-sweetened root beer, I started drinking unsweetened fruit-essence seltzers. Most people I've had try even those think they taste terrible too, at first. I think both taste great, as I'm now adapted to non-sweetened beverages. FYI, though, so that you have proper expectations!
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