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Old 08-27-2011, 05:48 PM   #1
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Are there options for non-carcinogentic Sassafras like Sassafras extracts that would be good for making homemade root beer?

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Old 08-27-2011, 05:57 PM   #2
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Are there options for non-carcinogentic Sassafras like Sassafras extracts that would be good for making homemade root beer?
Since it's quite doubtful that sassafras is actually carcinogenic, I have no problem just using the real stuff in my root beer. Tastes good, too!
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How about dandelion root, sarsparilla root, burdock root, licorice root, anise seed. These are all used for root beer.
Add in some molasses and vanilla, and you're all set for a lovely tasting root beer.

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How about dandelion root, sarsparilla root, burdock root, licorice root, anise seed. These are all used for root beer.
Add in some molasses and vanilla, and you're all set for a lovely tasting root beer.
A lot of rootbeer is based on wintergreen now, too. I still prefer the sassafras though.

My first rootbeer had a pound of molasses in 5gal, and I'll never do that much again.
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While wintergreen may be a common component, I wouldn't say a lot of rootbeer is "based" on it. That would be like drinking a carbonated bottle of pepto bismol.

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The Mr Beer root beer extract is heavy on the wintergreen. I dislike it.

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