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Old 06-29-2010, 11:35 PM   #1
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Hi. I'm wanting to make some root beer for my wife so she'll get off my arse about the money I spend on brewing beer. This weekend I tried the Rainbow brand Root Beer extract... yuck. It tastes like the root beer barrel candies. Too rooty or something. Are there any extracts out there that taste more like A & W or IBC? Those are her favorites. I've heard that a lot of people like Sprechers. What is it like?

 
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Old 06-29-2010, 11:51 PM   #2
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Gnome root beer extract is decent, has a bit more vanilla in it than I like, but if your wife likes A&W then I'd think she'd like the extract from Gnome.

FWIW, if you are going to use yeast to carb it, the root beer will definitely have some yeast bite, which IMO adds a unique flavor, but if you are kegging, I say get some carbonator caps, this way if your wife doesn't care for the yeasty flavor she won't leve it all for you to drink.
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Old 06-29-2010, 11:59 PM   #3
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I am kegging and force carbing.

 
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Old 06-30-2010, 12:35 AM   #4
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Then your set, try the Gnome its good.
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Old 06-30-2010, 12:42 AM   #5
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Homebrew is very good you can mix half Birch Root Beer and Half Root Beer if you want it a little on the sweet side. mix it to taste is always best.

 
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Old 06-30-2010, 04:45 AM   #6
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I have used the Gnome and I add......

--honey for 1/3 of the sugar
--1 T. of molasses for 1 1/4 gallon of soda
--3/4 vanilla bean or 2-3 t. of vanilla extract for 1 1/4 gallon
--Malto dextine to give it more body.

This turns out very well. It is a stronger than A&W. I don't overcarbonate because I don't like it when it gets too fizzy.

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Old 06-30-2010, 04:30 PM   #7
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I have used the Gnome and I add......

--honey for 1/3 of the sugar
--1 T. of molasses for 1 1/4 gallon of soda
--3/4 vanilla bean or 2-3 t. of vanilla extract for 1 1/4 gallon
--Malto dextine to give it more body.

This turns out very well. It is a stronger than A&W. I don't overcarbonate because I don't like it when it gets too fizzy.

--Doug
To add to my earlier post, I use all Turbinado (Sugar in the Raw) sugar when I make it. and I use the whole package for 5 gallons.
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Old 06-30-2010, 04:39 PM   #8
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These are the extracts formerly offered by Hoptech, now under new owners. He offers three different styles. I think they all taste pretty good.

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Old 06-30-2010, 11:17 PM   #9
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i've used gnome and zatarains extracts, both are pretty good. the zatarains has more licorice/anise flavor, gnome tends to be much smoother.

 
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Old 07-01-2010, 05:19 AM   #10
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FWIW, I actually stopped by my LHBS this afternoon, and they were out of the Gnome root beer extract, so I went to Wally world, bought a bottle of rootbeer concentrate, some sugar and vanilla bean, I'm going to see how it works out.

 
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