Sassafras extracts or non-carcinogenic options for soda?

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Are there options for non-carcinogentic Sassafras like Sassafras extracts that would be good for making homemade root beer?
 

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Are there options for non-carcinogentic Sassafras like Sassafras extracts that would be good for making homemade root beer?
Since it's quite doubtful that sassafras is actually carcinogenic, I have no problem just using the real stuff in my root beer. Tastes good, too!
 

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How about dandelion root, sarsparilla root, burdock root, licorice root, anise seed. These are all used for root beer.
Add in some molasses and vanilla, and you're all set for a lovely tasting root beer.
 

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How about dandelion root, sarsparilla root, burdock root, licorice root, anise seed. These are all used for root beer.
Add in some molasses and vanilla, and you're all set for a lovely tasting root beer.
A lot of rootbeer is based on wintergreen now, too. I still prefer the sassafras though. :cross:

My first rootbeer had a pound of molasses in 5gal, and I'll never do that much again.
 

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While wintergreen may be a common component, I wouldn't say a lot of rootbeer is "based" on it. That would be like drinking a carbonated bottle of pepto bismol.:drunk:
 
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