Root Beer!
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I love root beer. This weekend I made a quick batch, the fun way. Here's how you can do it, too.

Things you need:
a clean 5-gallon bucket
1 bottle root beer concentrate
5 pounds of sugar
5-6 pounds of dry ice

Fill the bucket most of the way up with water, add the root beer and the sugar, stir it well. Add more or less sugar to taste. You can also experiment by adding additional flavors. I recommend spearmint (use a teaball), and vanilla bean (don't be wimpy and use extract, the real thing is worth it!). You can also add nutmeg and licorice (if you can find it, I order mine online) for a spicier tasting root beer.

Once everything is mixed up, drop the dry ice in and watch it smoke! This impresses kids and adults alike, and is really fun. The root beer will be carbonated and cold in 10-15 minutes.

If you're in the Coeur d'Alene area, head to the Safeway on 4th street for your dry ice, it's 99 cents per pound and found right near the entrance with the other ice. Be careful, though, they don't give you any tools to pick it up! (Grab the corner of the plastic bags). The only other store I've found dry ice is Albertson's in Hayden, but it's a lot more expensive there (over $2/pound), and they have to go get it for you.

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