I followed the directions using the bottling kit but came up with a soda that is slightly sweet with a vinegar aftertaste.
I did not skip any steps in the instructions and used exact amount of water. Should I have used Star-San with my new bottles and also brought the soda to a boil? I hate to give anything 1 star, but would hate for anyone to have the same experience.
My family enjoyed this as a sweet holiday soda, but the flavor is not like the rootbeer we were expecting. It has flavors of sugar cookies and gingerbread, but lacks any bite. We much prefered the Gnome brand rootbeer over this. It's good for what it is...just be aware.
I originally made this for my mom as she is a big root beer fan. But, after it was done, I actually became a fan as well. Kinda spicy flavor! Makes a fantastic root beer float. If you naturally carbonate, I found it carbonated perfect in only one day. Make sure you pick up a new bucket and dedicate it to root beer as it seems to linger in the bucket a bit.