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I'm not sure how you like your root beer, but to get a taste similar to commercial root beers, you'll need a completely different recipe. Here is a related question: How would I make Alcoholic Rootbeer?


I still really like Home Brew Beer by Greg Hughes. There is a recipe for nearly every style in there as well.


If you don't want to buy a physical book, John Palmer has a website which is full of info, including step-by-step guides for different brewing techniques, as well as a lot of technical detail: http://www.howtobrew.com/sitemap.html Personally I have read, and re-read, "Brew Your Own British Real Ale" by Graham Wheeler. Whilst it has a focus on British ...


How to Brew: Everything You Need To Know To Brew Beer Right The First Time by John J. Palmer.


Joy of Homebrewing by Charlie Papazian. This is the only intro you'll need to successfully inoculate yourself into the beer making culture. Relax, don't worry, and have a homebrew!


From what you've said, I see no reason to worry. You said that you followed the instruction to the letter. That's what you're supposed to do. Now, your cloudiness issue: I'm going to assume that you like your beer cold. After you've bottled your beer (be sure to use the included priming sugar), and allowed the 2 week carbonation time, you'll put the ...


It's not the end of the world if you don't re-hydrate the yeast. The sediment will settle out over the next couple of weeks. Don't worry, the beer will be fine.

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