I need a rootbeer recipe and a supplier
I've got a pretty good handle on steeping and brewing but I've never done root beer. I've done a lot of searching on google and most of the recipes are extracts. I'd like to try my hand at something a little more homemade. I'm not against using sasparilla, wintergreen, or any other ingredient. I just want it to taste great.
I don't want to spend a whole lot of money on rare ingredients, but I'm assuming I'll need to get online for some of this stuff. Indianapolis doesn't have much here.
Please help me make a recipe, and offer suggestions for online venders that supply such ingredients. :)
Start with 4.5 quarts of water and put all ingredients in pot besides sugar and molasses, bring to a boil. Once boiling put lid on and simmer on medium low heat for 15-20 min. Cool down and put in a 2 liter with yeast to carb over the next few days or use a carbonator cab for instant carbonation.
1 tbsp. Licorice Root
4 crushed Star Anise Pods
1 Cinnamon stick (approx. 4 inches)
1 Vanilla Bean(approx. 6 inches)
1tbsp. dried Wintergreen Leaves
1/4 tsp. ground Nutmeg
5 pieces of whole Allspice
2 cups of Cane Sugar
1 tbsp Brown sugar
1-1.5 tbsp. Blackstrap Molasses
1 tbsp Honey
all ingredients can be found here: www.annapolishomebrew.com
Here is the recipe I have been developing and right now its great. I may make some minor changes but it is good where it stands right now.
8 Qts. Water
24 oz. Honey
3 Star Anise
1/4 tsp. Salt (try without)
1/4 cp. Sarsaparilla
1/4 cp. Sassafras
1 1/2 cp. Brown Sugar (try dark)
2 Vanilla Bean (Split and scraped)
2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1/4 cp. Chopped Raisins
1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
1/4 oz. Juniper Berries (50)
1/4 tsp. Champagne Yeast (1/8tsp/ gal)
MAKES 2 GALLONS
1. In a large deep pot, put in 4 quarts of water.
2. While water is heating up, place all ingredients into pot except brown sugar.
3. Let boil for 30 minutes.
4. Add brown sugar toward end of boiling time
5. Add the remaining 4 quarts of water. Turn off heat and let steep to 60-95 degrees F (70-75 degrees may be optimal). Any hotter and yeast will not survive.
- If bottling
a. Pour liquid through fine mesh funnel into Ale Pale
b. Once target temp has been reached, add yeast and stir thoroughly and fill bottles
- If putting into jug(s)
c. Pour liquid through fine mesh funnel into jug
d. Once jug has been filled add 1/4 tsp. champagne yeast
6. Let sit for 3 days then put into fridge for another 3 days to chill and slow down yeast activity.
7. ENJOY :)
The place where I have been getting my supplies and have great prices is www.herbco.com
Good luck and lets us know how it all turns out for you.
This looks like a really solid recipe. Thank you!
ingredients in Ireland
I am looking for supplies also for homemade root beer. If you think Indianapolis doesn't have much, you should come live here. I'm from Cleveland and we could always find some sources there. I also have a difficult time locating wine yeasts and extracts. Usually have to source out of the U.K. Anyone have any ideas for Ireland sources ?
I can't help you with a recipe, but last month I was in a LHBS (not local to me) they had Zatarains Root beer extract, so I picked up a bottle. Everyone that has tried it thinks its the best root beer they have tried in a long time, so much so that I bought a case of bottles on amazon the other day.
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