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biggestmuff 10-01-2011 08:57 PM

Root Beer extracts
New to the forum and still new to brewing. I've only been brewing with Mr Beer for about 5 months.

I tried the Mr Beer root beer kit and really dislike the taste of their extract. Way too much wintergreen in the flavor.

I'd like to stick with root beer extracts and bottle carbonation for 1 gallon for the simplicity right now.

I am wondering if some of the other extracts have better flavor or have less wintergreen in them.

Gnome soda extract

Homebrew extract

Sprecher syrup

Zatarain's extract

Yooper 10-01-2011 11:02 PM

I LOVE the Sprecher extract- but you can bottle carbonate with it as it has preservatives in it. It must be kegged. The Sprecher I made tasted exactly like the Sprecher soda you can buy. I also used McCormick from the grocery store, and it was pretty good too. Not as good as the Sprecher, but it wasn't molasses-y or anything like that, and we liked it.

duganderson 10-02-2011 01:41 PM

The root beer extracts #1 and #3 are my favorite from:


In order to make one gallon, you just use 1/5 of all of the ingredients since the bottle is designed for 5 gallons.


biggestmuff 10-03-2011 04:54 AM

Thanks, guys.

I ordered the Gnome, Homebrew and Zatarain's.

I'll check out the homemeade soda company extracts after I try these three.

duganderson, are the #1 and #3 light on the wintergreen? I'm assuming you tried the #2. If so, how was it?

duganderson 10-03-2011 11:09 PM

No.......1 and 3 do NOT have a lot of wintergreen if any. I have NOT tried. #2

Shooter 10-03-2011 11:30 PM

#2 is more similar to a big name commercial root beer. It is my wife's favorite. I like #1 and #3 best as well. #1 is a bit spicy while #3 gives you a really smooth tasting root beer.

billtzk 11-11-2011 03:45 AM

Zatarain's is the only one in your list I've tried, and it's great. It tastes perfect to me. I have no reason to want to try another.

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