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Old 02-25-2012, 12:49 PM   #1
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Default Sassafras root in secondary?

A neighbor asked this morning about tapping a sassafras tree for sap, like is commonly done with maple trees, for maple syrup.

My twisted mind then went to adding sassafras root to the secondary fermenter, on the principle of dry hopping.

Any thoughts/ideas/smart remarks?

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Old 03-10-2012, 12:22 PM   #2
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Was wondering the same thing!? Why not make a sassafras ale.

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Old 03-10-2012, 01:11 PM   #3
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If you're buying a processed safrole-free root I'd say go nuts, if your buddy has a sassafras tree and you're looking to use pieces from it, you might want to reconsider.

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Old 03-10-2012, 01:39 PM   #4
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We used to make sassafras tea all the time from sassafras root. I just learned recently that they say it may contain carcinogens. I am probably already doomed in that case. Didn't they use to say that about peanut butter too?!

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Old 03-10-2012, 01:45 PM   #5
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Safole Oils contain quite a bit of carcinogens and was taken out of root beer in the 70s. It is used as a precursor to make MDMA so not something I would want to add to any beverage I make , but hey I had sassafrass root as a child too.

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Old 03-10-2012, 01:56 PM   #6
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Yes makes sense the more I read. So maybe the safrole free stuff like Pappy's sassafeas extract would be safer. Good input guys.

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I don't know much about this, but a lot of the time when they test this stuff on rats they extract just the compound (safrole) instead of the whole plant. This is from wikipedia: "It naturally occurs in a variety of spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper and herbs such as basil. In that role safrole, like many naturally occurring compounds may have a small but measurable ability to induce cancer in rodents. However, the effects in humans if any are similar or less than risks posed by breathing indoor air or drinking municipally supplied water."

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Well, I'm trying it. Made a root beer-ish imperial stout (gruit really) with mugwort, sarsaparilla root, and licorice root in the boil (no hops). Store didn't have sassafras root when I brewed so I left that out, but now they got it so I'm throwing it in as a dry "hop" along with a little more indian sarsaparilla (this stuff smells amazing). It's got a couple more weeks in the primary before I rack and "dry-root" it for a week. Will post how it comes out. I'm sorry but I just don't trust the FDA to tell me what's safe to put in my body, I'll do my own research...

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Well, I'm trying it. Made a root beer-ish imperial stout (gruit really) with mugwort, sarsaparilla root, and licorice root in the boil (no hops). Store didn't have sassafras root when I brewed so I left that out, but now they got it so I'm throwing it in as a dry "hop" along with a little more indian sarsaparilla (this stuff smells amazing). It's got a couple more weeks in the primary before I rack and "dry-root" it for a week. Will post how it comes out. I'm sorry but I just don't trust the FDA to tell me what's safe to put in my body, I'll do my own research...
Please let us know how that turns out.

I've been wanting to make exactly what you just made for a long time, but only recently started making beer. I think I would probably boil the sassafrass, but maybe it will work in the secondary too.
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Well, I'm trying it. Made a root beer-ish imperial stout (gruit really) with mugwort, sarsaparilla root, and licorice root in the boil (no hops). Store didn't have sassafras root when I brewed so I left that out, but now they got it so I'm throwing it in as a dry "hop" along with a little more indian sarsaparilla (this stuff smells amazing). It's got a couple more weeks in the primary before I rack and "dry-root" it for a week. Will post how it comes out. I'm sorry but I just don't trust the FDA to tell me what's safe to put in my body, I'll do my own research...
That sounds awesome. Subscribed. Let us know how it turns out.
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