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Old 03-10-2010, 02:54 AM   #1
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So my HBS only had on stock 1 gallon bottle's of Sprecher Root Beer Soda Syrup.The only guy working had no idea how to mix it and said he thinks water would work and that's it. According to the directions all I have to do is add 4 gallon's of water and that's it.I am sure their is more to this.Any help would be great.I have never done root beer and seems like the only video info I can get is using small extracts.I should add that I plan to bottle and not keg.I did pick up a few pounds of corn sugar for primming.

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Old 03-10-2010, 03:17 AM   #2
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The Sprecher syrup is made to be used with keg systems. It contains a preservative. You cannot carbonate it by fermenting it with yeast.

You would mix it with 4 gallons of water in a keg, cool and crank up the CO2.

If you do not have a CO2 system and kegs, I would suggest you return it.

 
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Old 03-10-2010, 03:27 AM   #3
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Thank you Wayne

 
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Old 03-15-2010, 12:44 AM   #4
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what brew shop did you pick it up from???

 
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Old 03-15-2010, 04:16 AM   #5
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what brew shop did you pick it up from???
Brew and Grow on the northside of Chicago.Nice shop with decent prices just not the brightest bunch since.On my return I informed them that this product was only for kegs.

 
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Old 03-15-2010, 01:34 PM   #6
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The Sprecher syrup is made to be used with keg systems. It contains a preservative. You cannot carbonate it by fermenting it with yeast.

You would mix it with 4 gallons of water in a keg, cool and crank up the CO2.

If you do not have a CO2 system and kegs, I would suggest you return it.
EXACTLY what he said. I will also add that they are delicious, and fun to have at parties, the kids love it.

 
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Old 03-15-2010, 03:51 PM   #7
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gonna piggyback on this thread... is it possible to get the root beer taste out of the keg?

 
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Old 03-15-2010, 03:54 PM   #8
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gonna piggyback on this thread... is it possible to get the root beer taste out of the keg?
No. I've tried and tried, but the keg still smells vaguely of root beer. Changing all of the o-rings helps, but doesn't completely fix it.
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good god I'm glad i saw that yoop.

I only have 3 kegs and 3 taps. sure don't drink soda enough to have a dedicated keg.

what about the taps? do the taps get perma-root beer'd?

 
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Old 09-30-2010, 07:42 PM   #10
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Anything vinyl or rubber will be permanently contaminated with root beer flavor. That includes the beer line. The flavor cannot be removed by any cleaning method currently known. The line will have to be replaced.

I have even heard rumors of one brew pub that was using vinyl hose in a trunk line. The root beer flavor migrated from one line to another through the vinyl. They had to replace all the vinyl with flavor barrier lines. I cannot verify this, but I have always tried to use Teflon beer hose in the pubs I worked in. We did serve root beer and orange soda from dedicated lines at Rockyard and to this day there has been no cross contamination.

 
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