Originally Posted by ROLLTIDE
The recipe posted above has a incredible grocery list. I have made a few batches of cider but nothing even close to that monster. I really want to do a hard root beer badly but I am not willing to buy 300 dollars worth of ingredients. I'm thinking of just adding an undetermined yeast to spring water, nutrient and probably brown sugar then at secondary adding lactose, vanilla and root beer extract. Seems simple enough.....thoughts?
My ex's dad owned a farm with about ten apple trees and with in the first year of me hanging out on the farm i found out he did nothing with the apples. His reply was "Oh they were here when we got here. The apples fall and the chickens eat them and some times the dogs." At that point I talked him into making apple wine and hard cider. That is my start into "home brewing" but this year is my first with beer.
The list was a bit pricey however it was under 100$ but if i had purchase sweet gal i would of been up there. The funny thing is i live in the Midwest so Wisconsin is not to far from my and the plan grows naturally.
After this batch I think I'm going to tone it down a bit and make this recipe a 1 gallon set up until i get it the way i want it. You do have the right mind set... too much $$$ for a home brewing in a testing phase. I do like your ideas and if you don't mind, may i borrow them.