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Old 07-01-2011, 05:49 AM   #1
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Default How Does Barq's Get that awesome Bite?

I am new the the soda world but I am trying to clone the bite from Barq's. I have searched High and even LOW for the clone for this soda or to the reason it has sooo much bite and so little sugar. I have no idea. any help is apreciated!


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Old 07-02-2011, 12:55 AM   #2
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barq's has a stronger wintergreen flavor than other root beers, i'm guessing that's where the bite comes from... try adding extra wintergreen oil to your recipe.


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Old 07-02-2011, 01:04 AM   #3
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Old 07-02-2011, 01:43 AM   #4
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I have added caffeine to my rootbeer. I will look into the winter green. That is i must purchase some
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Barq's is AWESOME!
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Yes this is true. Do you have any thing to add
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Barq's bite comes from Anise, and possibly a little nutmeg. I would actually say that barq's has the least amount of wintergreen of the major brand sodas(if it has any)-Mug is really heavy on the Wintergreen.
You should check out Virgil's root beer. It's a bit expensive(about $5/4 pk. of 12 oz.), but my favorite root beer. To me it's akin to a well-crafted, gourmet Barq's-like the difference between a $5 bottle of wine and a fine, aged wine.
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Thank you for your questions and informative first post you are the best
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You're welcome. I've been making/experimenting with homemade soda off and on for the last few years. I'm making a cream soda with my girls(whom are 3 and 5) tonight, and getting ready to make a trip downtown in search of ingredients for my first attempt at my own root beer recipe.
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Barq's bite comes from Anise, and possibly a little nutmeg. I would actually say that barq's has the least amount of wintergreen of the major brand sodas(if it has any)-Mug is really heavy on the Wintergreen.
You should check out Virgil's root beer. It's a bit expensive(about $5/4 pk. of 12 oz.), but my favorite root beer. To me it's akin to a well-crafted, gourmet Barq's-like the difference between a $5 bottle of wine and a fine, aged wine.
i disagree. anise has a bitter licorice overtone that i don't taste with barq's...... wintergreen has more of a chlorophyl taste that i associate with barq's. i don't taste any chlorophyl in mug, i taste more cinnamon in mug than anything else.


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