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Old 09-13-2008, 09:55 PM   #1
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Default Root beer with DME

I've noticed the root beer extract comes with instructions to use a big chunk of corn sugar (HFCS) to flavor the root beer. A lot of people swear by cane sugar, though; and there's always white sugar around anyway.

I'm thinking everything on the shelf uses HFCS, and I don't feel like using cane. DME however has a really smooth texture and interesting taste. I think I'll fire that down instead of corn sugar, and use champagne yeast (I've seen it done with ale yeast... bread-like flavor).

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Old 09-13-2008, 10:00 PM   #2
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I use 1/4 lb. Malto dextrin so it has a "frosty mug taste" creamy A&W flavor.

I suppose you can add a 1/4 lb. of DME.


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Old 09-14-2008, 12:18 AM   #3
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I use 1/4 lb. Malto dextrin so it has a "frosty mug taste" creamy A&W flavor.

I suppose you can add a 1/4 lb. of DME.
To a 1 gallon batch? 5 gallon?

This thing lists 8 cups of sugar per 4 gallons...
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The thing that has been pointed out to me is that Rootsbeer does not have a grain flavor.
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That would probably taste horrible. But its your oney so go for it. DME is just a bit more expensive than sugar where I live. On earth.
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really, this has been discussed a lot. If it turns your crank, go for it.
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The thing that has been pointed out to me is that Rootsbeer does not have a grain flavor.
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That would probably taste horrible.
Are these related?
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Are these related?
No me and BigKahuna are not related actually. Id buy him a beer if I met him but were not related in anyway.
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Holy crap, rootbeer is about as toxic as eating 2 apples!

Root Beer Concentrate

And they banned it for that!

this seems really stupid. Also

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I have made a `root beer ale' by using a can of malt extract (light) along with the root beer extract, and then fully fermenting it out. It tasted like a dry root beer (not at all sweet, of course), but had a kick to it.
This seems to defeat the purpose of rootbeer but have fun.
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Maybe you should not make root beer then. Solved.


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