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Old 07-24-2012, 09:05 PM   #21
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...Our thoughts were that the srm was too light for rootbeer, carapils should help...
Don't know the stylistically correct SRM for root beer either, but root beer extracts are intensely dark. The 5 gallon batch I originally brewed using this recipe had nothing else significantly dark in it except the root beer extract. And as you can see from the originally post pic it is easily as dark as a Stout beer.

The other ingredients all have low SRM potential:

Carapils (2.0 SRM)
Flaked Oats (1.0 SRM)
DME Light (8.0 SRM)
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Old 07-25-2012, 06:36 AM   #22
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You will have no problem at all with it being dark enough. This stuff is dark as I could ever imagine. Quite tasty too.

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Old 07-25-2012, 06:42 AM   #23
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I think i missed the pic... That does look good... I was going off what my app said for srm (like 4 or 5) but i think it was counting the rb extract as 1 or 2 srm... Really looking forward to making the gf version of this one...

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Old 07-25-2012, 07:32 AM   #24
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I've never made soda or root beer.

Why do you add yeast?

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Old 07-25-2012, 01:39 PM   #25
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If you dont have a kegging system to force carbonate the soda, you have to use yeast to do it naturally... In making beer when you add yeast they eat the sugar and produce co2 and alcohol... Theres not much alcohol in the soda because the fermentable levels are down & we dont leave it under fermetation very long before putting the sodas in the fridge and stopping the process...

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I think i missed the pic... That does look good... I was going off what my app said for srm (like 4 or 5) but i think it was counting the rb extract as 1 or 2 srm... Really looking forward to making the gf version of this one...
If you put it in a brewing app then, since you don't know the SRM potential of the extract, it's not going to get it right. Just the SRM values for the other components should give you a 4-5 SRM (very light color). Given that a few oz of this stuff will turn 5 gallons almost black the SRM potential must be huge. Be interesting to ask a manufacturer if they have any idea.
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I'm getting a very cloudy rootbeer. It's been carbing in the kegerator for 3 days now. I'm hoping some rest time will allow for clarifying. Definitely won't use that much flaked oats again.
Flaked Oats. BeerSmith recommends that the grain bill contain no more than 30% flaked oats. The 8oz I originally used in this recipe comes out to 25%. So, 1lb is going to be a bit excessive...lots of body though...even chewy maybe! : )

Carapils. BeerSmith recommends no more than 20% of grain bill for Carapils. The 8oz in my originally recipe comes out slightly high at 25%. I got tired of fiddling w/ amounts to get them exact so just rounded up to 8oz. Did not notice any negative effect. Carapils is just in there to help with head retention so you don't need much.
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I think i missed the pic... That does look good... I was going off what my app said for srm (like 4 or 5) but i think it was counting the rb extract as 1 or 2 srm... Really looking forward to making the gf version of this one...
What is the "gf version" and "gf forum" I see referenced in this thread? "Gluten Free"?
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As would I. Are we talking the typical 4oz extract bottle like Rainbow, Gnome or Zaratains...etc?
Last batch I used Gnome brand.
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Curtis, yes gf is gluten free... SWMBO was diagnosed with Celiacs last November so cannot have the proteins in wheat, barley, rye etc... Needless to say its a PIA, but makes it very interesting at the same time...

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