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Root beer from scratch?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by afiaowo, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. afiaowo

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    I want to make root beer from scratch. Not from an extract.

    Most of the recipes are overly complicated.

    I would like to know your recipe and cooking instructions if you have experience with making your own root beer.

    Thanks!
  2. 1958Bassman

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    Look for old recipes- it's an old beverage and newer recipes may be more complicated because "foodies" want to be special. The ones I just saw didn't seem complicated.
  3. DwaynieAD

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    LOL, isn't that the truth. don't get the recipe from Pintrest, that's for sure....

    Talk about over complicating things..

    On the topic of recipes being overcomplicated: The wife wanted to make dunkaroos. For those that don't know, dunkaroos are cookies with icing to dip them in. So she finds a recipe online and it has her folding pudding cake mix into cool whip with vanilla bean and several other things and I'm like "why don't you just buy a can of icing, you know, like they use with dunkaroos"

    OP, why do you not want to use extract? just curios.
  4. mkandolf

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    Go to northerbrewer.com or brewboard.com and check out their discussion boards. Lots of the homebreweres brew homemade root beer and I'm sure I've seen some root beer recipes over there.
  5. afiaowo

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    I love it! I literally laughed out loud after reading that.

    But to your point, it makes allot of sense. Thank you.

    Food allergies. :(
  6. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME! Supporting Member

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    Root beer? You talkin' 'bout sarsaparilla?
  7. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

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    When I was a very young child my great grandma used to send us kids out to collect sassafras roots so she could make rootbeer.

    If I recall correctly, her "recipe" was clean and boil the roots, then add sugar to taste.
  8. afiaowo

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    Best drink ever!
  9. Ziltoid

    Ziltoid Supporting Member

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    Roots, beers, hookers & blow.
  10. Milk

    Milk Supporting Member

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    I've made ginger beer from scratch. Easiest one. It was pretty good. I keep saying i'll make spruce beer too but never get around to it. It involves "going back home" and finding nice spruce branches in the woods. It's a bit more involved then going to the store and buying fresh ginger...
  11. aproud1

    aproud1 Hit that long lunar note, and let it float. Gold Supporting Member

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  12. Frank Tuesday

    Frank Tuesday Supporting Member

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    I do my own Ginger Beer occasionally. Do the rest of you carbonate naturally (fermenting yeast), or force carbonate?
  13. Indiana Mike

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    Same here

    I heard sassafras is a carcinogen

    I don't think they use it anymore
  14. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

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    No worries mate, it's been since the late 50's since I had any homemade root beer.

    These days the once or twice a year I feel the need it's either an ice cold A&W or IBC. Since I only drink one when I get the urge and that urge is so rare I go for the full blown version, no sugarless root beer for me.
  15. Milk

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    i use yeast personally

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