Well I wasn't sure what to title this but that's the best most fitting thing I could think of so here it is. First off its been a while since I was last here and man has it been a great adventure in the root beer world. Well I have nailed down my own recipe. I have been fine tuning this thing for some time and I think its about as close to perfection I can get, but might tweak something just a bit. Not sure what, but you know it when it happens. Along this adventure many questions have popped up that I would like to ask and hopefully get some answers for. So here we go..
1) I know that the ingredients I add last, right at the end of the boil, tend to be the most pronounced flavors. One of them is vanilla and I was thinking today, "I wonder if it will make any difference if I put everything in BUT the vanilla when it still hot, then chill the batch in the freezer then add the vanilla then if it will make any difference in the potency of the vanilla flavor, or any difference at all with the flavors?" Any personal experience on this with you root beer pros?
2) I use Red Star Champagne yeast. I am quite satisfied with it. When I make a batch it typically takes about 3 days to carbonate and then I throw it in the fridge. I have noticed with a bottle I opened tonight, Its been in the fridge for maybe 3 days. It tastes amazing, there seem to be more head retention, and the carbonation seems to have a little more bite in comparison to other bottle that have only been in the fridge for 1-2 days. Does a longer time in the fridge cause any of these, or other, effects to the root beer?
3) Recently I have been making A LOT of root beer. A few 6 gallon batches even. I will bring 2 gallons to work to share with my team and if there is a bottle we don't drink all of, I will let it sit under my desk so that it warms back up and starts carbonating again. There have been a few instances where I notice that with it carbonating again, the flavors start to change a little bit. Is there a way of preventing the flavors from changing or a way for the root beer to hold on to the carbonation longer?
4) I had purchased and have dandelion root and burdock root. I tried them once upon a time and did not care for them AT ALL. I don't know if they are just meant to be used in a much smaller quantity that the sassafras and sarsaparilla root or what. So a couple questions on that. Are they meant for flavors or are they more for head retention and stuff like that? Are either of those roots worth putting into my root beer? I use 3/8 cp of sassafras for 3 gallons of water, should I use the dandelion and burdock at the same measurement or much lower if it is okay to use?
Well I think that's all I got now. I know that these questions are kind of advanced but Im sure we must have some rather advanced people in here that might have some idea.
Thanks much in advance for any help that might be given on this.