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Old 07-20-2009, 04:25 PM   #11
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I've only had homemade once (bottled anyway), and the brewer told me he used McCormicks extract. Tasted really good, like a root beer beer.
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Old 07-20-2009, 06:01 PM   #12
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I've been brewing up some sodas for the kiddies and gotten pretty good results with ordinary McCormick's extracts from the grocery store and some cheap baking yeast. The root beer is a good one. Also just bottled some using McCormick's raspberry extract. I wanted to leave it clear but the yeast colored the water a bit, so I put 5 drops of red food coloring in a gallon batch. It is the prettiest shade of pink I've ever seen in a beverage. I wish I could make a wine that color!
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Old 07-24-2009, 02:21 PM   #13
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Look for Zatarain's root beer extract... very tasty with a bit more mint/spice than Gnome or Fermentap. I made it a few times with brown sugar to give it some body and further flavor.
I like Zatarain's too. I've made it with a mix of sugar and honey for the same reason you used the brown sugar.
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Old 10-23-2009, 12:51 PM   #14
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i have only tried one extract of root beer. rainbow flavors old fashoined. williams has it cheap ive made it a bunch of times. it's 2oz/4gallons where most you find are 1gal/5gal. this one is creamy, and taste just like those a&w barrel candies you get at halloween in the variety bags. i wish it came in more than 2 or 4ozs.

 
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Old 10-23-2009, 12:53 PM   #15
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Old Fashioned Root Beer

From Excellent Recipes for Baking Raised Bread (the Fleishman Company, 1912)

Time: 6-7 Hours Serves: 32
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1 cake, compressed yeast
5 pounds, sugar
2 ounces, sassafras root
1 ounce, hops or ginger root
2 ounces, juniper berries
4 gallons, water
1 ounce, dandelion root
2 ounces, wintergreen
The US FDA determined natural sassafras to be carcinogenic in the 1930s. The sale of natural sassafras has been outlawed since. For more information, see the Encyclopedia Rootannica.
1. Wash roots well in cold water.
2. Add juniper berries (crushed) and hops.
3. Pour 8 quarts boiling water over root mixture and boil slowly 20 minutes.
4. Strain through flannel bag.
5. Add sugar and remaining 8 quarts water.
6. Allow to stand until lukewarm.
7. Dissolve yeast in a little cool water.
8. Add to root liquid. Stir well.
9. Let settle, then strain again and bottle. Cork tightly.
10. Keep in a warm room 5 to 6 hours, then store in a cool place. Put on ice as required for use.

 
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Old 11-08-2009, 06:39 PM   #16
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I picked some up at my LHBS, brand was Royal. Haven't tasted it yet.

 
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Old 11-11-2009, 06:04 PM   #17
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I have used Zaterans as well. the history of the company started with it. nice read. i picked up a case since they were so cheap. kids ask about them all the time now.

 
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Old 02-20-2010, 04:16 PM   #18
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+1 on the Zatarans. Great stuff, plus you can't really beat the price.

 
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Old 08-31-2010, 03:06 AM   #19
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I want to try this:

http://www.homebrewchef.com/HomebrewedRootbeer.html

 
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Old 08-31-2010, 09:13 PM   #20
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My Dad used to make root beer with Hire's root beer extract. It was delicious!!!

 
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