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The first all natural Root Beer home brew kit in 200 years! Craft a gallon of your own soda. Perfect with ice cream or cocktails.
The first all natural Root Beer home brew kit in 200 years! Craft a gallon of your own soda. Perfect with ice cream or cocktails.
95 backers pledged $11,719 to help bring this project to life.

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One package of all natural ingredients and a few days is all you need to brew one gallon of delicious, creamy old fashioned Root Beer at home. 

Featuring lab-tested roots, bark, herbs, organic sugar and dark roasted malt Barley; your Root Beer home brew kit will include everything you need in a single box.

 This 8 lb box of goodness will include:

  • A One Gallon, Glass Fermentation Jug
  • Adhesive LCD Brewing Thermometer
  • Racking Cane & Siphon Hose
  • Airlock & Rubber Bung
  • A Packet of No-Rinse Brewing Cleanser
  • High-end Vegan Friendly Ale Yeast (ABV 0-10%) - Makes 4 Gallons
  • Re-usable, Embroidered Mesh Brewing Bag
  • Printed & Digital Instructions
  • Cocktail Recipes
  • BREW-IN-BAG: All the ingredients needed for one gallon of Root Beer including: Organic Cane Sugar, Sarsaparilla Root, Wintergreen Leaf, Birch Bark, Anise Star Pod, Licorice Root, Spikenard Root, dark Roasted Malted Barley, and Vanilla Bean Powder

Like the alcoholic version, this DIY Root Beer Kit will arrive in a 11"x8"x16" box but will include:

  • Eight, P.E.T. Plastic Storage Bottles with Caps
  • Racking Cane & Siphon Hose 
  • A Packet of No-Rinse Brewing Cleanser 
  • High-end Vegan Friendly Ale Yeast (ABV 0-10%) - Makes 4 Gallons
  • Re-usable, Embroidered Mesh Brewing Bag 
  • Printed & Digital Instructions
  • Cocktail Recipes
  • BREW-IN-BAG: All the ingredients needed for one gallon of Root Beer including: Organic Cane Sugar, Sarsaparilla Root, Wintergreen Leaf, Birch Bark, Anise Star Pod, Licorice Root, Spikenard Root, dark Roasted Malted Barley, and Vanilla Bean Powder
 

Your Root Beer brewing kit will help you to handcraft one gallon of old fashioned soda with an ABV of 0 - 10%. 

Through trial and error, we found that the brew tastes best between 0 and 3.5% - The instructions that accompany your alcoholic kit will be designed to achieve a delicious flavor profile around the 3.5%.

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The instructional video above was put together for the Ginger Beer brewing kit we launched on Kickstarter a couple years back. 

The new alcoholic Root Beer brewing kit will follow the same instructions while the non-alcoholic version will omit the fermentation and move straight to the bottling phase illustrated toward the end.

The Four Steps to Brewing Root Beer:  

1. Boil the package of Bootleg Botanicals' Root Beer ingredients for an hour.  
2. Fermenting the brew for a couple days.
3. Transferring the brew into pressure rated plastic bottles.
4. Enjoying your Root Beer by itself, with ice cream or mixed into your favorite cocktail!  

Why Should I Brew My Own Root Beer?

Home-brewing is a lot of fun! It combines science and culinary in a unique way that dates to the beginning of time, delight your inner mad scientist.

You will be starting with quality natural ingredients, making an astounding root beer that will not require preservatives or go stale before making it to you. Quality in, Quality out!

Long before Root Beer was sold pre-packaged or dispensed into a glass, the herbal blend that crafts a delicious root soda was used medicinally and home-brewed at home.

The ingredients in some of our favorite store-bought Root Beer brands include a host of artificial flavors and coloring.  

Additives and preservatives such as sodium saccharin, sodium benzoate and silicone anti-foam emulsion in combination with high fructose corn syrup and phosphoric acid don’t sound appetizing. In large quantities these ingredients can cause health problems down the road.  

Your Root Beer home brew kit will be 100% free of chemicals and crafted using only all natural, lab-tested roots, bark and herbs. The high quality, vegan friendly Ale yeast included in every kit, will help keep your brew free of unwanted ingredients.

When you only use natural ingredients, there is nothing to hide! Our ingredients include:

Sarsaparilla Root
Sarsaparilla Root
Wintergreen Leaf
Wintergreen Leaf
Birch Bark
Birch Bark
Anise Star Pod
Anise Star Pod
Licorice Root
Licorice Root
Spikenard Root
Spikenard Root

It's no secret, Root Beer manufacturers have been adding Caramel coloring to mimic a deep chocolate brown for years. A Consumer Reports study from 2014 reveals that this particular ingredient has carcinogenic properties.

By contrast, your home brewed Root Beer employs only natural ingredients for it's coloration. 

The final recipe includes two types of dark roasted malted Barley and a dried malt extract.
The final recipe includes two types of dark roasted malted Barley and a dried malt extract.

Our first attempts were coming out too light and after a lot of trial and error, we discovered a combination of two different dark roasted malted barley varieties and a malt extract did the trick naturally!

The finished product yields a deep, rich chocolate brown hue. No caramel coloring or food dye required!
The finished product yields a deep, rich chocolate brown hue. No caramel coloring or food dye required!

Below is a handy chart to help illustrate each rewards level. If you have any questions don't hestitate to ask!

The Woodland Nymph level will include the spices and accessories to enjoy a home made Absinthe cocktail. The glass is made from the same mold used in the late 1400's.
The Woodland Nymph level will include the spices and accessories to enjoy a home made Absinthe cocktail. The glass is made from the same mold used in the late 1400's.

The Absinthe Infusion Spice Blend includes:

The first vial of spices contains the licorice flavor notes. The organic herbs and spices included in this vial are: 

  • Star Pod Anise 
  • Fennel Seed 
  • Anise Seed 
  • Licorice Root 
  • Lemon Peel 
  • Angelica Root 
  • Coriander 

The second vial contains two steps adding the greenish hue and grassy notes. This vial includes: 

  • Roman Wormwood (Artemisia pontica) 
  • Hyssop 
  • Melissa 
  • Grand Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) – this ingredient is packaged into a tea bag to regulate its bitterness during the infusion process.
We found 14 antique Root Beer glasses, including 9 of this style, especially for the Adult Soda Shop level. The first 14 backers at this level will receive an antique, we may have to switch to antique inspired beyond that.
We found 14 antique Root Beer glasses, including 9 of this style, especially for the Adult Soda Shop level. The first 14 backers at this level will receive an antique, we may have to switch to antique inspired beyond that.
The Forest Fire level includes a personalized Prohibition era Whiskey prescription - perfect for any home bar!
The Forest Fire level includes a personalized Prohibition era Whiskey prescription - perfect for any home bar!
Alcohol Infusion kits are a fun gift anytime of the year! You can pick 3 different styles for gifting at the Christmas in July level.
Alcohol Infusion kits are a fun gift anytime of the year! You can pick 3 different styles for gifting at the Christmas in July level.

It all adds up!

The graph below maps out how the money raised through this campaign will be used. 

A major pricing factor is the shipping which has been included in each pledge level for U.S. backers and equally discounted for our International friends. 

Beneath the graph you will current rates for shipping the Root Beer kit given it's dimensions of 11"x8"16" box at 8 lbs. 

Ryan and I set out to craft an all natural, dry ingredient DIY Root Beer Kit shortly after launching our Ginger Beer Making Kit in 2016.  

Unlike the Ginger Beer recipe, Root Beer is chock-full of various (sometimes rare) wild harvested ingredients.

The forest is home to several key Root Beer making ingredients including the bark of the Black Birch tree. Of course, we only use lab tested bark to ensure it's the highest quality.
The forest is home to several key Root Beer making ingredients including the bark of the Black Birch tree. Of course, we only use lab tested bark to ensure it's the highest quality.

Having been a popular beverage since the 1800's, the published recipes are all over the place. Deciding which roots and bark to use was nearly impossible.  

To make this process more of a challenge, a key ingredient in old-time Root Beer recipes, Sassafras, was banned by the FDA in 1960. Commercial Root Beers have since been crafted using synthetic flavoring... our entire lifetime!

Sassafras Bark is still available for purchase though the label clearly notes that it is "not for food use." As a food facility, we can't sell a product that does not meet FDA standards, so Sassafras was a no go.
Sassafras Bark is still available for purchase though the label clearly notes that it is "not for food use." As a food facility, we can't sell a product that does not meet FDA standards, so Sassafras was a no go.

Yet, following a series of trial runs that left us wondering what our brew lacked, we purchased the bark and sampled it. Our mission... to figure out whether or not Sassafras was the ingredient our brew was missing.  

We steeped the Sassafras in boiling water for 20 minutes then added sugar to taste. The resulting flavor was bitter and we both decided it was too mild to declare this ingredient's absence a recipe killer.  

Over the course of two years, we tried gallons upon gallons of recipe options. After hundreds of failed attempts, Ryan and I have finally nailed down a recipe we Root Beer fans find very tasty.  

Our final recipe was crafted following the tradition of our Root Beer forefathers. After some research, we believe this kit may very well be the first DIY Root Beer made up solely of dry roots and bark since the 1800's...That is more than 200 years in the making!

From the beginning, Ryan and I have run Bootleg Botanicals as a two man (woman) team. 

Our very first large wholesale order. This was taken months after fulfilling our first Kickstarter campaign in 2014. We still do everything together but now we have machinery to help :-)
Our very first large wholesale order. This was taken months after fulfilling our first Kickstarter campaign in 2014. We still do everything together but now we have machinery to help :-)

During the holidays, friends and family have been tremendously generous with their time and work along side us to blend, batch, label, package and ship out 1,000 of alcoholic food products throughout the world. 

We don't have employees but that doesn't stop us from taking it all on day in and day out. 

Ryan is our blend master. He carefully weighs each ingredient by hand, combines them into a V-mixer and then painstakingly packages each and every ingredient. 

Once the spices are safely packaged, I take on the task of labeling the glass vials, tying a bow on every mesh brew bag, zip locking and heat sealing each bag. 

Ryan putting together the Ginger Mule kits for our backers in 2016
Ryan putting together the Ginger Mule kits for our backers in 2016

Making a Ginger Beer Kit involves several steps:

  • Blending, batching, and packaging the spices.
  • Assembling the rubber bungs and airlocks.
  • Cutting the standard length racking canes down to work with a gallon jug height.
  • Cutting each siphon hose to length and wrapping them into a nice circle.
  • Scooping 1 Tablespoon of cleanser in to branded foil pouches and heat sealing them. 
  • Applying the label to the kit box.
  • Using a special "vintage" looking tape on the kit box.
  • Hand inspecting and washing each gallon jug.
  • Applying adhesive LCD thermometers to each jug.
  • Wrapping the jug in bubble protection.
  • Finally, assembling the kits.
  • Placing them into a shipping box and dropping them off at the postage pic-up.

The process of making our newest creation is likely remain the same.

It took us two years to perfect and now, with your help, we are excited to introduce Bootleg Botanicals Root Beer Making Kit to the world! Thank you for stopping by our campaign.


Risks and challenges

Each of our four Kickstarter campaigns has had it's own unique hiccup. Thankfully, we always give ourselves a little buffer to ensure we hit our fulfillment dates.

This go around, we will be fulfilling during our busy season. Thankfully, we have several years under our belt for navigating and ensuring that everyone gets their goodies in time for the holidays.

There is always a small chance that freight could get stranded or something unexpected could pop up but rest assured, we will always be upfront and communicate every step of the way.

We realize that some have been burned on crowdfunding projects in the past. Hopefully, our track record will help ease your mind when deciding to support our new idea. If you ever have a reservation, we strongly encourage questions along the way.

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    Pledge US$ 1 or more About US$ 1.00

    Root Beer Lover

    Do you ♥ Root Beer? Of course you do!

    A pledge at this level will not only help us introduce natural, home brewed Root Beer to the world but we'll share your passion with our social media friends and add your name to homebrewedrootbeer.com when it goes live this Fall.

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    Just the Basics

    Already own a one gallon home brewing kit? No problem!

    At this level we'll ship your our freshly blended natural ingredients to brew one gallon of Root Beer. *

    *This level does not include any Ale yeast, no-rinse brewing cleanser or any brewing equipment.

    ** The International shipping price calculated with this level does not include sugar to help keep the shipping price down. Instructions will be included to help you source what you need.

    Includes:
    • Organic Cane Sugar**
    • Sarsaparilla Root
    • Wintergreen Leaf
    • Birch Bark
    • Anise Star Pod
    • Licorice Root
    • Spikenard Root
    • Vanilla Bean Powder
    • Dark Roasted Malt Barley & Extract
    • Embroidered Mesh Brewing Bag
    • Foil lined fresh-keeping packaging
    • Printed & Digital Brewing Instructions
    • FREE Shipping within the U.S. ($10 value)
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    The Root Beer Kit Refill

    At this level you'll receive the ingredients, and no-rinse brewing cleanser needed to make another gallon of brew. Each packet of Ale yeast makes up to 5 gallons of Root Beer.

    *Does not include Ale yeast or brewing supplies.

    ** The International shipping price calculated with this level does not include sugar to help keep the shipping price down. Instructions will be included to help you source what you need.

    Includes:
    • Organic Cane Sugar**
    • Sarsaparilla Root
    • Wintergreen Leaf
    • Birch Bark
    • Anise Star Pod
    • Licorice Root
    • Spikenard Root
    • Vanilla Bean Powder
    • Dark Roasted Malt Barley & Extract
    • Embroidered Mesh Brewing Bag
    • Foil lined fresh-keeping packaging
    • Package of No-Rinse Brew Supply Cleanser
    • Printed & Digital Brewing Instructions
    • FREE Shipping within the U.S. ($10 value)
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    Non-Alcoholic Root Beer Add-On

    Want to brew a gallon or alcoholic Root Beer and another gallon of non-alcoholic Root Beer? At this level we'll send you another package of Root Beer brewing spices, an additional brewing cleanser packet and 8 pressure rated plastic bottles. This level can be paired with the Root Beer Kit level if desired.

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    Soda Jerk

    Stock up on some delicious natural soda!

    At this level you'll receive the ingredients, brewing supply cleanser and Ale Yeast to make a gallon of Root Beer and a gallon of Ginger Beer.

    *Does not include brewing equipment.

    Includes:
    • Package of Root Beer Ingredients
    • Package of Ginger Beer Ingredients
    • Embroidered Mesh Brewing Bag
    • Foil lined fresh-keeping packaging
    • Package of No-Rinse Brew Supply Cleanser
    • High-quality, Vegan Friendly Ale Yeast
    • Printed & Digital Brewing Instructions
    • FREE Shipping within the U.S. ($20 value)
    • Discounted International Shipping ($20 USD value)
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    DIY Root Beer Brewing Kit

    One full kit, Your choice of alcoholic or non-alcoholic Root Beer brewing kit!

    Includes:
    • Alcoholic Brewing Supplies (see photo on left for details)
    • Non-Alcoholic Brewing Supplies (see photo on left for details)
    • Organic Cane Sugar
    • Sarsaparilla Root
    • Wintergreen Leaf
    • Birch Bark
    • Anise Star Pod
    • Licorice Root
    • Spikenard Root
    • Vanilla Bean Powder
    • Dark Roasted Malt Barley & Extract
    • Embroidered Mesh Brewing Bag
    • Foil lined fresh-keeping packaging
    • High-quality, Vegan Friendly Ale Yeast
    • Package of No-Rinse Brew Supply Cleanser
    • Printed & Digital Brewing Instructions
    • FREE Shipping within the U.S. ($20 value)
    • Discounted International Shipping ($20 USD value)
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    RGB

    Like Gin? Like Root Beer? The best of both worlds collide at the RGB level. Enjoy a complete Root Beer kit of your choice and a vial of Bathtub Gin No.6 infusion spices to make 1 liter of your very own compound Gin.

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    Forest Fire

    Cinnamon Whiskey transforms your homemade Root Beer into a treat for the senses. At this level we'll send you a vial of our Some Like it Hot Cinnamon infusion spices and the full Root Beer Brewing Kit to enjoy.*

    * You will be able to select either an alcoholic or a non-alcoholic Root Beer Kit through the survey at the end of the campaign.

    Includes:
    • Alcoholic Brewing Supplies (see photo on left for details)
    • Non-Alcoholic Brewing Supplies (see photo on left for details)
    • Organic Cane Sugar
    • Sarsaparilla Root
    • Wintergreen Leaf
    • Birch Bark
    • Anise Star Pod
    • Licorice Root
    • Spikenard Root
    • Vanilla Bean Powder
    • Dark Roasted Malt Barley & Extract
    • Embroidered Mesh Brewing Bag
    • Foil lined fresh-keeping packaging
    • High-quality, Vegan Friendly Ale Yeast
    • Package of No-Rinse Brew Supply Cleanser
    • Printed & Digital Brewing Instructions
    • Some Like it Hot Cinnamon Whiskey or Tequila Infusion Spices
    • Some Like it Hot Cinnamon Whiskey Bottle Label
    • Infusion Instructions
    • Personalized Prohibition Era Whiskey Prescription
    • FREE Shipping within the U.S. ($20 value)
    • Discounted International Shipping ($20 USD value)
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    Experienced Brewer

    For those of you who brew 5 gallons at a time, we will send you bulk spices for either the Root Beer or Ginger Beer recipes.

    Just add your own sugar and the ale yeast of your choice.

    *Home-Brewing equipment and cleanser not included.

    Includes:
    • Bulk Root Beer Spices {or}
    • Bulk Ginger Beer Spices
    • Printed & Digital Brewing Instructions
    • Free Shipping within the U.S. ($13 value)
    • Discounted International Shipping ($13 USD value)
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    Woodland Nymph

    A delicious blend of homemade Absinthe and Root Beer awaits! At this level, we'll send you the herbs and spices to make 500 ML of Absinthe Infusion plus a Pontarlier glass and the Root Beer Brewing Kit. (Your choice of Alcoholic or Non-Alcoholic)

    Includes:
    • Alcoholic Brewing Supplies (see photo on left for details)
    • Non-Alcoholic Brewing Supplies (see photo on left for details)
    • Organic Cane Sugar
    • Sarsaparilla Root
    • Wintergreen Leaf
    • Birch Bark
    • Anise Star Pod
    • Licorice Root
    • Spikenard Root
    • Vanilla Bean Powder
    • Dark Roasted Malt Barley & Extract
    • Embroidered Mesh Brewing Bag
    • Foil lined fresh-keeping packaging
    • High-quality, Vegan Friendly Ale Yeast
    • Package of No-Rinse Brew Supply Cleanser
    • Printed & Digital Brewing Instructions
    • Absinthe Infusion Spices (Ingredients listed to the left)
    • Infusion Instructions
    • Absinthe Bottle Label
    • Absinthe Pontarlier Glass
    • Absinthe Wormwood Leaf Spoon
    • Free Shipping within the U.S. ($25 value)
    • Discounted International Shipping ($25 USD)
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    Adult Soda Shop

    A true soda lover experience awaits! At this level we'll send you a Root Beer Kit of your choice (alcoholic or not) and three additional packages of Root Beer ingredients!

    This level also includes an antique Root Beer float glass, two metal drinking straws, priority fulfillment and extra perks along the way.

    Includes:
    • Alcoholic Brewing Supplies (see photo on left for details)
    • Non-Alcoholic Brewing Supplies (see photo on left for details)
    • Organic Cane Sugar
    • Sarsaparilla Root
    • Wintergreen Leaf
    • Birch Bark
    • Anise Star Pod
    • Licorice Root
    • Spikenard Root
    • Vanilla Bean Powder
    • Dark Roasted Malt Barley & Extract
    • High-quality, Vegan Friendly Ale Yeast
    • Embroidered Mesh Brewing Bag
    • Foil lined fresh-keeping packaging
    • Package of No-Rinse Brew Supply Cleanser
    • Printed & Digital Brewing Instructions
    • Antique Root Beer Float Glass
    • Metal Drinking Straw
    • Free Shipping within the U.S. ($40 value)
    • Discounted International Shipping ($40 USD value)
    • Extra Perks
    • Priority Fulfillment
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    Christmas in July

    Get your holiday shopping done early this year. At this level you can mix n’ match from our entire product line and we’ll ship your gifts wrapped in festive holiday paper, ready to give to that special someone.

    Choose (2) Home Brewing Kits
    Choose (3) Alcohol Infusion Kits
    Choose (4) Spice Refills

    Includes:
    • Choose (2) Root Beer Kit and/or Ginger Beer Kit
    • Choose (3) Absinthe, Old Fashioned, Cinnamon Whiskey or Gin Kits
    • Choose (4) Spice Refills for Stocking Stuffers
    • Priority Fulfillment
    • Free Shipping within the U.S. ($45 value)
    • Discounted International Shipping ($45 USD Value)
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Funding period

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