Ss Brewing Technologies Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Soda Making > Root Beer Extracts
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 06-29-2010, 11:35 PM   #1
Shatt
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Overland Park, KS
Posts: 2
Default Root Beer Extracts

Hi. I'm wanting to make some root beer for my wife so she'll get off my arse about the money I spend on brewing beer. This weekend I tried the Rainbow brand Root Beer extract... yuck. It tastes like the root beer barrel candies. Too rooty or something. Are there any extracts out there that taste more like A & W or IBC? Those are her favorites. I've heard that a lot of people like Sprechers. What is it like?

__________________
Shatt is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-29-2010, 11:51 PM   #2
Schnitzengiggle
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 2,664
Liked 29 Times on 22 Posts
Likes Given: 16

Default

Gnome root beer extract is decent, has a bit more vanilla in it than I like, but if your wife likes A&W then I'd think she'd like the extract from Gnome.

FWIW, if you are going to use yeast to carb it, the root beer will definitely have some yeast bite, which IMO adds a unique flavor, but if you are kegging, I say get some carbonator caps, this way if your wife doesn't care for the yeasty flavor she won't leve it all for you to drink.

__________________
follow me @ Broken Glass Brewery

Okham's Razor - simplest explanation is usually the correct one.

My DIY Kegerator - My DIY Fermentation Chamber - My DIY Portable Pump Box
Schnitzengiggle is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-29-2010, 11:59 PM   #3
Shatt
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Overland Park, KS
Posts: 2
Default

I am kegging and force carbing.

__________________
Shatt is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-30-2010, 12:35 AM   #4
Schnitzengiggle
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 2,664
Liked 29 Times on 22 Posts
Likes Given: 16

Default

Then your set, try the Gnome its good.

__________________
follow me @ Broken Glass Brewery

Okham's Razor - simplest explanation is usually the correct one.

My DIY Kegerator - My DIY Fermentation Chamber - My DIY Portable Pump Box
Schnitzengiggle is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-30-2010, 12:42 AM   #5
Brad
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Superior WI
Posts: 73
Default

Homebrew is very good you can mix half Birch Root Beer and Half Root Beer if you want it a little on the sweet side. mix it to taste is always best.

__________________
Brad is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-30-2010, 04:45 AM   #6
duganderson
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 124
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

I have used the Gnome and I add......

--honey for 1/3 of the sugar
--1 T. of molasses for 1 1/4 gallon of soda
--3/4 vanilla bean or 2-3 t. of vanilla extract for 1 1/4 gallon
--Malto dextine to give it more body.

This turns out very well. It is a stronger than A&W. I don't overcarbonate because I don't like it when it gets too fizzy.

--Doug

__________________
duganderson is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-30-2010, 04:30 PM   #7
Schnitzengiggle
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 2,664
Liked 29 Times on 22 Posts
Likes Given: 16

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by duganderson View Post
I have used the Gnome and I add......

--honey for 1/3 of the sugar
--1 T. of molasses for 1 1/4 gallon of soda
--3/4 vanilla bean or 2-3 t. of vanilla extract for 1 1/4 gallon
--Malto dextine to give it more body.

This turns out very well. It is a stronger than A&W. I don't overcarbonate because I don't like it when it gets too fizzy.

--Doug
To add to my earlier post, I use all Turbinado (Sugar in the Raw) sugar when I make it. and I use the whole package for 5 gallons.
__________________
follow me @ Broken Glass Brewery

Okham's Razor - simplest explanation is usually the correct one.

My DIY Kegerator - My DIY Fermentation Chamber - My DIY Portable Pump Box
Schnitzengiggle is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-30-2010, 04:39 PM   #8
Shooter
Almaigan Brewing Co.
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Shooter's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Dublin (No, not that Dublin)
Posts: 4,453
Liked 231 Times on 179 Posts
Likes Given: 38

Default

These are the extracts formerly offered by Hoptech, now under new owners. He offers three different styles. I think they all taste pretty good.

www.homemadesodacompany.com

__________________
Shooter is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-30-2010, 11:17 PM   #9
marzsit
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: kent, wa.
Posts: 315
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts

Default

i've used gnome and zatarains extracts, both are pretty good. the zatarains has more licorice/anise flavor, gnome tends to be much smoother.

__________________
marzsit is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-01-2010, 05:19 AM   #10
Schnitzengiggle
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 2,664
Liked 29 Times on 22 Posts
Likes Given: 16

Default

FWIW, I actually stopped by my LHBS this afternoon, and they were out of the Gnome root beer extract, so I went to Wally world, bought a bottle of rootbeer concentrate, some sugar and vanilla bean, I'm going to see how it works out.

__________________
Schnitzengiggle is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Best source for root beer extracts ELittle Soda Making 46 03-11-2014 11:40 PM
Hop Tech Root Beer Extracts and Recipe Questions???? duganderson Soda Making 1 05-03-2010 12:43 AM
Mr.Beer question/other extracts? BoxerDog Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 01-08-2007 12:01 AM
Mr. Beer Extracts colonel_colon Extract Brewing 7 08-24-2006 03:20 AM
I need a good wheat beer recipe using malt extracts revrand65 Extract Brewing 3 08-14-2006 09:41 AM