Originally Posted by NWMOBrewer
I thought the ingredients were just too difficult to find. Sassafrass?
Edit: I looked it up, they use wintergreen now, sassafrass (sp?) is illegal in the US.
From what I understand it's illegal for a company to use it but it's not illegal for personal consumption. That said I haven't looked for it. IIRC you can get it in extract form.
Here's a traditional Root Beer Recipe.
1/4 ounce dried sassafras root bark
1 gal water
2 cups sugar
Place the pieces of root bark into a large pot. Add 1 gallon water and all the sugar. Simmer, covered, for 25 minutes. Still covered remove from heat and let cool for another 25 minutes. Strain into the keg.
That makes about one gallon, multiply x5 for a carboy size container or keg. You will need to use a little less than 5 gallons water to make room for the sugar.
I have several more Root Beer Recipes if you want a more modern recipe.