Originally Posted by Quaffer
Say, have you found an outlet for the Sprecher syrup at a reasonable cost? The prices I've seen are way up there compared to the cheap stuff. Maybe not since you are considering making your own. If you come up with a good recipe, please share.
I see locally Brew and Grow has it for $20.95 a gallon...and I was at Midwest Supplies in Minneapolis had it on sale for $17.95 I believe... But a four pack of 16oz. bottles sells for $3.88 at Menards...
Here is the recipe I used...for 5 gallons and I think it turned out really close to Sprechers...I Keg carb...so I do not know about yeast....
When you open the extract bag you will get a strong wintergreen aroma..which I hate...and thats why I don't drink A&W...so I was concerned..but after mixing up the batch it is not noticeable...
1 - 4oz of Gnome Root Beer Extract
6 cups of cane sugar (I used "Sugar in the Raw", it is $2.88 a 2lb box at Wal-Mart, 1 box is like 5 cups...)
2 cups of light brown sugar
3 cups of clover honey
4 tbsp of malto-dextrin
1 tbsp of vanilla extract
1. Heat up 1 gallon of water to 150F and add sugars and dissolve
2. Take off stove and add Root Beer Extract and Vanilla
3. Let rest to room temp and store in refrigerator over night
4. Add 4 gallons of water to keg
refrigerate and carb over night
Add the 1 gallon of extract to carbed water and re carb to 30psi
Note: Steps 3 and 4 are optional...you can mix it up right away after its cooled if you want...
Let me know if you try it and like it....