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Old 09-06-2008, 01:57 AM   #1
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Default Old family root beer recipe

This recipe has been in the family for over 50 years. Wine making is an old family tradition, but I had no idea my Great Grandparents were into homemade soda until my Dad talked about it during a recent visit. He said he'd get the recipe from my Grandmother. I was excited to see the recipe, since he was sure it was "from scratch," and he remembered it being very tasty. I'm a little disappointed, but I thought I'd share, anyway:

Dad also remembered an old bench capper they used to bottle the stuff. He mentioned that it might still be around someplace. At this point, I'm more excited about a big old cast iron capper than the extract recipe above.

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Old 09-06-2008, 02:03 AM   #2
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Yuri, that's awesome! I can remember secret family recipes from when I was a kid, too, and I later found out that my mom's "secret BBQ sauce" was bought from the Dairy Queen!

I love that your recipe mentions that the directions are on the box. That's classic!

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Similar thing happened to me, we have been trying to get my wifes grandfathers root beer recipe for months, and finally decided to make up some from a couple of different recipes I found on line. At the family outing I pored a glass for her grandpa and asked him what I was missing, he asked me what extract I used. I found out he used to use hires also. Must be good stuff.
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This is an old thread, but if you guys are interested in trying root beer recipes from scratch, there are a few options. Stephen Cresswell has a book on making root beer and other drinks, which is a great resource but it's mostly a really old style of making root beer, the way your grandparents would've tasted it but pretty different than tasting like A&W or Dad's.

There are a few sites online that have some modern root beer recipes, like I've gotten varied results, and am still trying to perfect my recipes. Nothing I find seems to be quite right though.
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