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Old 12-06-2010, 02:51 AM   #1
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6oz Zatarain's Root Beer Extract
4.75 gallons warm water
1.5# white Sugar (+/- to taste)
1.5# dark brown sugar (+/- to taste)
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2 oz Licorice root
2 oz Sassafras root
1 oz Star anise

Mix the first 4 ingredients and set aside.

Prepare the spices/roots by simmering them in 2 quarts of water until the volume is about half (1 quart).

Strain the water from the spices into the root beer and force carb in a keg. My kids love this. Some people people prefer more sugar...


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Old 01-16-2011, 04:21 AM   #2
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When you mention sassafras root, are you referring to using an actual root? If so, I thought sassafras root was determined to be toxic long ago.


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Old 01-16-2011, 04:14 PM   #3
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Simply leave it out if you are concerned at all. I know there's a lot of debate, so you have to decide.
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Old 01-16-2011, 04:19 PM   #4
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here's a crazy thought .....if you added yeast would it have alcohol content?

 
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Old 01-16-2011, 04:33 PM   #5
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here's a crazy thought .....if you added yeast would it have alcohol content?
Absolutely it would. Depending on how much of the sugars you allow the yeast to consume will alter the flavors from mildly to dramatically. However, you cannot allow fermentation in a capped bottle or it will blow up. There are lots of resources here if want to learn about fermentation.
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Old 01-21-2011, 03:37 PM   #6
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never made soda before, but would like to try this out. The only thing is that I will bottle this batch. Do I go about it like beer? Add roughly 4 oz priming sugar to bottling bucket, siphon root beer in, then proceed to bottle? What volume co2 would i be shooting for with root beer. My guess is high, like 3.0 volumes.
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Old 01-21-2011, 07:08 PM   #7
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BucksPA:

Check out Yooper's easy ginger ale recipe in this section: she bottled her ginger ale and has the information you need. I have never bottled soda before, so I can't help ya!
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Old 01-26-2011, 05:42 PM   #8
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never made soda before, but would like to try this out. The only thing is that I will bottle this batch. Do I go about it like beer? Add roughly 4 oz priming sugar to bottling bucket, siphon root beer in, then proceed to bottle? What volume co2 would i be shooting for with root beer. My guess is high, like 3.0 volumes.
You have to add yeast to bottle Carb. Be careful, though. Read up first!
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Old 02-13-2011, 07:33 PM   #9
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Sassafras roots were used in teas and drinks for a long time. The Safrole (extracted from the root), it what was deemed dangerous and in large amounts over large periods of time.

You can use Sassafras root extract without hesitation.
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Old 02-25-2011, 10:22 AM   #10
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never made soda before, but would like to try this out. The only thing is that I will bottle this batch. Do I go about it like beer? Add roughly 4 oz priming sugar to bottling bucket, siphon root beer in, then proceed to bottle? What volume co2 would i be shooting for with root beer. My guess is high, like 3.0 volumes.
The easiest way to bottle carb soda is to just use Munton's Carb Tabs. Straight forward, to the point, and EASY!



 
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