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Old 06-18-2013, 09:44 PM   #11
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So I just got done bottling the root beer.

At bottling I added-
1 cup sugar boiled in 1 cup water
5 1/2 oz wildflower honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp root beer extract (McCormick)

I gave it a taste before I bottled....oh my.

It initially tastes like damn good rootbeer, and the aftertaste of honey and vanilla. it gives that mouthfeel you get like you just drank a rootbeer float, which I'm guessing is from the lactose. And this is when it was warm and uncarbonated! I'm telling you right now I'm buying a kegging setup just so I can make a big old batch of this and bring it to tailgates.

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Old 06-18-2013, 11:24 PM   #12
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That's awesome. I'm going to make this this weekend. Just picked everything up at LHBS.

You dont think thats too much sugar at bottling do you? Wont to much sugar cause a high enough carbonation to cause bottle bombs? Maybe not, just curious.

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Old 06-18-2013, 11:30 PM   #13
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This would be the final recipe. I'm thinking next time to add a vanilla bean in the primary and also hops, most likely Willamette. I feel as though this would be a lot easier in a keg, but you could skip stabilizing it, bottle, and put in the fridge to stop fermentation.

Grandpa Willies Hard Root Beer

---Primary---
1 tsp yeast nutrient
1/2 tsp yeast energizer
4 oz brown sugar
4 oz lactose
1 pound light DME
Nottingham Ale Yeast

Boil DME, brown sugar, and lactose with about 4 cups water. Pour in primary. Add nutrient and energizer. Top off. Let cool and pitch yeast. Ferment for 5-7 days. Stabilize (if kegging). Wait another week.

---Before Kegging---
1 cup sugar boiled in 1 cup water
5 1/2 oz wildflower honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp root beer extract (McCormick)

Boil sugar and add to bottling bucket. Then add honey (warm it so its easier to pour) and the extracts. Let cool and add primary. Pour in Keg or bottles.

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Old 06-18-2013, 11:33 PM   #14
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For the bottling Tellish33, I bottled one in a plastic bottle so I can tell how carbed it is, then I'm going to put in the fridge to stop the fermentation process.

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Old 06-18-2013, 11:33 PM   #15
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me too.

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Old 06-19-2013, 12:37 AM   #16
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I might bottle in easy cap bottles for a week or so then fridge em. Not crazy about plastic bottles. I might even try smaller champagne bottles.

Let us know if a week is good for carbing.

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Old 06-19-2013, 01:02 AM   #17
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I agree on the plastic, it's just seemed like the easiest way to check the carbonation. Ill keep updating until the root beer is completely carbed or if anything out of the ordinary happens.

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Old 06-21-2013, 11:06 PM   #18
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Just popped one out of the fridge. It tastes great. The honey flavor is very pronounced at the end, with a touch of vanilla. It took about 4 days to carb, but my apartment is really warm right now, so that might have sped it up. I think it would be better force carbed in a keg though. Next batch ill be reducing the amount of honey and adding just a touch more lactose. Over all a great brew. Strong too, I've had 4 so far and feel preetttyy good.

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Old 06-25-2013, 11:28 PM   #19
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Has the head of a darker beer, and retains it very well. The foam tastes like, well, foamy root beer. Its carbonation is beer-like, not soda-like, if that makes since. Very small bubbles, not the same as if you opened a pop.

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Old 06-26-2013, 02:14 AM   #20
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Man this one sounds good

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