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Old 09-24-2013, 03:13 AM   #1
May 2013
Exeter, NH
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While comparing Polar's Natural/Organic Root Beer vs Stewart's I noticed a delightful honey like taste in the latter. After reading the ingredients, my friend insists its just a variety of the corn syrup used.

These are the ingredients:

Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Caramel Color, Sodium Benzoate (A Preservative), Citric Acid, Acacia, Quillaia and Yucca Extract.

What do you think it may be? I'm going to wager that commercial roots don't mess with honey since honey can vary wildly different from season and source. If I wanted to get that honey flavor without using honey, would is recommended?

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Old 09-24-2013, 05:44 PM   #2
Mar 2011
Ogden, UT
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Commercial bottlers likely don't mess with it because of high ingredient cost and the difficulty of handling yet another viscous sticky liquid in addition to corn syrup. There are good sources of honey available industrially that are relatively consistent.

More than likely it's a honey flavor note that's in the natural and artificial flavor listed.

My question is, if you're making this at home, why would you want to get a honey flavor without using honey? There's nothing wrong with adding a little honey to your own root beer. There is such thing as too much, so use it sparingly, but apart from finding someone that can supply you with a natural or artificial honey flavor from an industrial flavor house, I think you're out of luck.

You could try and play with some Gambrinus Honey Malt.
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