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Old 07-11-2012, 12:20 PM   #11
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It's a 1 gallon batch. I do wonder what bottle of rootbeer extract is being used. I would assume that this is more like a McCormick extract, not a root beer concentrate designed for several gallons.
As would I. Are we talking the typical 4oz extract bottle like Rainbow, Gnome or Zaratains...etc?


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Old 07-11-2012, 01:05 PM   #12
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He says It's a 5 gallon batch. Remember you're getting sugar from the lb of DME, the lb of grains, and the extract. Unlike fermented beer the sugar in te wort isn't eaten by yeast.


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It's a 1 gallon batch. I do wonder what bottle of rootbeer extract is being used. I would assume that this is more like a McCormick extract, not a root beer concentrate designed for several gallons.
Nope. It's a 5-gallon batch (1 gallon "boil" topped up with water in the keg), but keep in mind this is "soda" not "beer". You don't need all those sugars for fermentation because there is none.

I've tried a few different brands of extract, comes down to personal taste preference, I think that "Gnome" was the last one I used.
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Im sorry, but I dont see how one lb of DME is anywhere close to sweet enough for 5 gallons? Am I missing somehting?
This recipe is relatively "dry" so to speak -- which suits my personal taste. Personally I like the malty sweetness of DME combined with the root beer taste. DME and/or sugars could be varied to suit your taste.

The DME and the grains help give it a richer mouth feel and help with head retention. Sugars won't add body, but will increase sweetness.

DME won't give you a sugary sweetness (more of a malty sweetness like in beer).

Since this is a soda recipe, not intended to be fermented, you could just modify as you wish to suite your taste -- no concern about the OG.
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Old 07-20-2012, 06:08 PM   #15
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Just realized I did a pound of oats and a pound of carapils. Well, we'll see how this goes!
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Let us know... We ha ve been discussing this recipe on the gf forum... Our thoughts were that the srm was too light for rootbeer, carapils should help... We also bumped the oats to 1# to counteract the rice we used for the dme...
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I ended up back sweetening with 1/2 lb brown sugar and 1/2 lb table sugar (it's what I had in the pantry) don't know much about root beer srms, but it sure looked plenty dark in the sample I drew. I've got it carbing away at 26psi now. I believe with the lb of oats it should have a nice creamy mouthfeel and good thick head.
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If you are not force carbing but doing it in bottles using yeast, arent you the getting fermentation? Is it so insignificant it wont matter (i.e. I will brew this for my kids) or is it just simpler to do tablets in the bottles? Also, 5 gallons is a LOT of root beer, if I wanted to scale it to a 1 gallon batch, what do you think? Just do 1/5 ingredients?
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You are correct that with bottle conditioning the yeast give off both carbonation & fermentation... My understanding is that we are not letting it ferment fully... When i plugged it into brewR its only estimating 1.6% potential so i would guess maybe as high as .5%... Needles to say, just to be safe this will be a no go at work
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You're going to get even less fermentation than that. It doesn't add any significant abv to bottle condition.

I'm getting a very cloudy rootbeer. It's been carbing in the kegerator for 3 days now. I'm hoping some rest time will allow for clarifying. Definitely won't use that much flaked oats again.


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