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Old 08-17-2013, 08:52 PM   #11
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I did a root beer with my kids that was good but I have no idea how to ferment it to 10% without it tasting hot and boozy. I will have to check some of the existing forums. Did not come across any when ive looked in the past, did not really look that hard.
10% is too much IMHO. Traditionally rootbeer and ginger beer were 'small beers', low ABV (<4%) drinks to nourish ppl and keep scurvy away.

I've got an alchoholic ginger ale that is at 3% and great. By itself it is really hot and spicy, so adults like it, but ill mix it 1 to 3 with tonic water or sprite and my kid likes it.
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Old 08-19-2013, 01:19 PM   #12
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The hard root beer I'm attempting to replicate is 10% and taste like it 0%. I have no intention of sharing it with the kids a 10 8 and 7 year old sucking down a 10% drink seems like a good reason for child protection to make a visit.

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Old 08-20-2013, 02:21 AM   #13
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The hard root beer I'm attempting to replicate is 10% and taste like it 0%. I have no intention of sharing it with the kids a 10 8 and 7 year old sucking down a 10% drink seems like a good reason for child protection to make a visit.
Haha, yeah probably so.

What's the name of the rootbeer? It would take a thick malty base to cover up 10%.

Maybe it is sort of like a Malta, with vanilla and sarsaparilla? I could see a malt soda hiding some high ABV stuff.
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:30 PM   #14
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Not your dad's root beer by small town brewing in wadsworth Illinois.

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Old 08-20-2013, 02:08 PM   #15
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Try this do a water and sugar solution at 2.5 gal with champagne yeast keep slowly adding sugar when it gets low gravity untill you kill the yeast. That souls be 20% alcohol. Add sulfates. Wait 2 weeks than add extract and back sweeten it. Then keg. That's how I do it

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Oh god, I hope that is not small town brewery's mode of operation. That sounds utterly horrid.

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10% ABV that tastes like 0% = lots of sugar IMHO
Sugar/sweetness hides alcohol better than anything else.

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Malt background, the lack of esters, and age blend alcohol into something not only palate able but delicious!

Sugar just takes your mind off the Booze long enough to get you drunk.

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