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Old 10-01-2009, 04:57 AM   #1
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hey all i have searched and searched for recipes for root beer and have found lots of them. So many my brain hurts. haha. i have come across this site a few times in my searches and thought it would be a great place to ask.

anyways i was wondering if anyone knew of an sassafras alternative. cause some recipes call for sassafras but i know about the whole ban. If there was an alternative to it, it would make these recipes a whole lot easier to make.

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Old 10-01-2009, 02:11 PM   #2
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You can still find sassafras online. Acacia can also be used.

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Old 10-01-2009, 02:55 PM   #3
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ok cool. i looked into it and barq's root beer uses it. haha cool.

I just dont want to buy the root so i don't have someone knocking at my door. and just dont want to take the risk. So that is why i am trying to find "the" or other replacements. I want to find the best range of ingredients

i read somewhere that wintergreen has replaced the root. is there any truth to this

also what part of Acacia do i use

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Old 10-02-2009, 11:55 PM   #4
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I do know wintergreen is used in some recipes. I don't think sassfras is quite as illegal to purchase as you might have been led to believe. I think if you're selling sassafras there is a restriction on how you can market it if it still contains safrole. Use it at your own risk, personally I think that risk is overblown, but I don't think the feds, or even the locals for that matter, are going to bust down your door if you buy some sassafras.

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Old 10-03-2009, 01:17 AM   #5
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ok cool. well another reason why i am looking too would be if i could pick it up at the store instead of buying it online

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You can find sassafras extract at some fancy grocery stores. It will have the safrole removed so no risk of negative health effects. They use it to make tea. I had some at one point but can't seem to find any. I remember when I was a kid my grandfather would go out in the spring and dig up some sassafras roots and boil them in some water to make sassafras tea. I guess the old timers thought it helped "thin the blood" after a cold winter. Now that I think about it, maybe drinking safrole as a young child is what's wrong with me!

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Old 10-03-2009, 01:27 AM   #7
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well we can run some test to find out. haha.

i am going to be going to a asian market to see i they have some roots. i heard those are good places to check out.

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Old 10-03-2009, 01:52 AM   #8
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I've heard the modern root beer taste her in the US at least is from wintergreen.

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I believe Virgil's rootbeer uses wintergreen. I may be wrong, but I tried one for the first time a few weeks back and seem to recall looking at the label to see if it had sassafras and seeing that it contained wintergreen.

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Even if a commercial beer has sassafras listed as an ingredient you can be assured that it is modified to remove the safrole since the ban is on selling commercial products containing safrole.

I have several asian markets near me so I was planning to search for roots there as well. And even if they don't make great root beer they are supposed to make great root iykwim

I would love a good recipe using actual roots if someone knows of one.

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