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Old 01-12-2012, 04:57 AM   #1
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Anyone know of a recipe for this gingery soda?

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Old 01-12-2012, 05:35 AM   #2
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Anyone know of a recipe for this gingery soda?
I'm interested also. Oh, and as a side note, I've never heard Vernors called soda since most in Michigan call soda "pop."
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Old 01-12-2012, 05:44 AM   #3
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WEEEEELLLL lol.... I am originally from Detroit. I moved to Los Angeles in '89 and now I call it soda, but pop is fine too!!!

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Anyone know of a recipe for this gingery soda?
I haven't got a recipe, but I do know that Vernors ages their soda (wort?) in wooden barrels, most likely oak. Not sure if they're toasted or not & if so, to what degree. Thought those tidbits of info might be useful.
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I want in on this one as well!

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Anyone have a good recipe?

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Found this link on the web. Not sure of it's authenticity. Will leave that up to you - along with the conversion to bottle or keg.

Don't let the link name fool you...a Vernors recipe is there along with some Vernors history.

A Rich, Deliciously Satisfying Collection of Breakfast Recipes - Janet Sue Terry - Google Books

Couldn't get it to print, so if you have the time to transcribe here or create in a new document, that would be great.

I have some college course material that is taking precedent over me doing it myself.

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That one seems fairly typical to the regular ginger ale recipes we've had, except for the inclusion of vanilla. All of serious eats articles I had read had described the vanilla scent and flavor so that makes sense.

While I don't know if I could include stevia in the original recipe, I'd consider the oak or wood addition as in the original recipe. I'd consider using an oak extract as that imparts vanillian, instead of the vanilla bean.

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Thanks for the updates!

Kevin, is there a way to replicate the flavorings of an oak barrel?? do you think the extract would work?

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It's a good question. I would think so, but I don't know. I'd probably want to try a side by side comparison at some point. Maybe soak some oak with vodka to make the extract and add a drop to see if it makes a difference.

It's still easier to try the vanilla extract first though, it's easier to get at any location.

I'm also wondering about the more mellow "aged" flavor in comparision vs the fresh sharp flavor in a ginger beer and how to achieve the desired effect.

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