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Old 04-05-2009, 01:33 PM   #1
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Hello,

Just wanted to ask a quick question I am going to be making some root beer from an extract and was wondering what kind of sugar to use. Should I use regular white sugar or brown sugar? or does it really matter?
Some people are telling me that the brown sugar would add to the flavor.

I have only done one soda before and that was a creme soda in which I used white sugar. It did not turn out to bad I wish it was just sweeter.
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Old 04-05-2009, 02:51 PM   #2
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Yes, brown sugar would make your root beer taste like molasses. Not my idea of a good thing.
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Old 04-05-2009, 02:54 PM   #3
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Using all brown sugar sounds pretty gross, but adding a little might be nice. Turbinado sugar may also lend a bit of extra flavor without the heavy molasses kick.
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Old 04-05-2009, 03:34 PM   #4
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Thanks for the reply guys! I guess I will go ahead and use regular sugar and see how it turns out.

I need to finish my all grain batch that I am in the middle of first.

Cheers!
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Old 04-10-2009, 08:15 PM   #5
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Hello,

Just wanted to ask a quick question I am going to be making some root beer from an extract and was wondering what kind of sugar to use. Should I use regular white sugar or brown sugar? or does it really matter?
Some people are telling me that the brown sugar would add to the flavor.

I have only done one soda before and that was a creme soda in which I used white sugar. It did not turn out to bad I wish it was just sweeter.
I've been wondering this myself lately and will be interested in hearing about how yours turns out.

This is the recipe I used for my latest batch. We'll see how it turns out.

 
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Old 04-11-2009, 02:30 AM   #6
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I use the extract where you add it to 8 C of table sugar and 4 gals of water.

Using those exact measurements results in a fantastic root beer...flawless!!
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Old 05-01-2009, 02:22 PM   #7
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It really depends on your own tastes. My family prefers the flavors that light brown sugar impart, as well as a bit more body. Scale the recipe down to 1/2 gallon (2 liter) and try small batches to find your preference.

Also try the soda as you make it. Don't put in all the sugar at once, as you can always add more. It's harder to take it out

In a cream soda, you'd probably want the "cleaner" flavor of white refined sugar. Maybe.

 
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Old 05-03-2009, 04:32 AM   #8
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Remember too that brown sugar is just white sugar plus a little molasses. It's probably easiest to start with white sugar up to the sweetness level you want and then mix in some molasses a bit at a time until you get what you like.

 
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Old 05-03-2009, 12:39 PM   #9
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I made a batch with entirely turbinado sugar. It was really good. I'd suggest a touch of honey too.

 
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Old 06-11-2010, 01:13 PM   #10
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Remember too that brown sugar is just white sugar plus a little molasses.
For the record, real brown sugar is 100% cane sugar, just not processed and refined to the white sugar stage. Turbinado sugar is the crystallized variety made from this raw cane juice.

Cheap brown sugar is just white table sugar sprayed with molasses and has a much less complex flavor and an altogether different texture due to the processing and refining that the white sugar has undergone.

Molasses is of course the syrupy byproduct of processing white sugar.


 
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