Real Root Beer
Aug/Sept 1990 issue of "The Herb Companion".
Dried burdock root
Dried yellow dock root
Dried sarsaparilla root
Dried sassafras root
Dried spikenard root
Simmer herbs for 30 minutes. Add sugar, stir to dissolve. Cool to lukewarm, add yeast and stir well. Cover and let sit for 1 hour.
The instructions do not say this but I would strain the mixture before adding the yeast. Then add the yeast, bottle and tightly seal the containers. Store for a few days at room temperature, then transfer to a coooool place lest you have glass grenades. Also, the article said you can get the ingredients from a mail order company: Rosemary House 120 South Market Street Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.