I've been brewing all-grain for years but I'm brand new to sodas. I have in-laws who don't drink and I would love to start crafting root beer for them to drink when they come over. I would like to start with an extract and maybe use part brown sugar to sweeten. I'm not completely apposed to making the syrup from scratch but, I don't really have a trained pallet for root beer to craft a recipe for what I want. I do know Iron Horse is my favorite root beer and I would like to make something similar. Is there anyone here that has tried it and could point me in the right direction. Iron horse seems to have a very vanilla creamy feel to it. Maybe an extract with added vanilla and brown sugar for body?
oh wow yeah and another year since I saw this reply lol. Answer, no. I gave up on my root beer. Under the high psi for soda my perlick beer faucets were leaking and I didn't like the idea of needing to dedicate one beer line up for root beer. If I could make something like Iron Horse I probably would attempt the effort again, but I haven't found anything. I think Frosty's Vanilla root beer tastes similar. Makes me think the route to take is a cream soda root beer mix (not sure though)
I run two of my taps for soda/seltzer only. I think the best thing to do is have about ~20-30ft of line for the soda kegs. I have a dual regulator and keep one for soda at 40psi. Alternatively you can split your primary regulator into a secondary and use the second one for beer at a lower psi. As far as flavor goes I use Accuflex Bev-Seal Ultra Barrier tubing which is glass lined and I have no carry-over.