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.
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#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.
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