Originally Posted by Bombeque
Im sorry, but I dont see how one lb of DME is anywhere close to sweet enough for 5 gallons? Am I missing somehting?
This recipe is relatively "dry" so to speak -- which suits my personal taste. Personally I like the malty sweetness of DME combined with the root beer taste. DME and/or sugars could be varied to suit your taste.
The DME and the grains help give it a richer mouth feel and help with head retention. Sugars won't add body, but will increase sweetness.
DME won't give you a sugary sweetness (more of a malty sweetness like in beer).
Since this is a soda recipe, not intended to be fermented, you could just modify as you wish to suite your taste -- no concern about the OG.