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Root beer from scratch?

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

  1. afiaowo


    Jan 9, 2006
    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.

  2. 1958Bassman


    Oct 20, 2007
    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. 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


    Nov 21, 2007
    Saint Clair, MI
    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


    Jan 9, 2006
    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!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    Root beer? You talkin' 'bout sarsaparilla?
  7. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    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


    Jan 9, 2006
    Best drink ever!
  9. Ziltoid

    Ziltoid I don't play bass

    Apr 10, 2009
    Roots, beers, hookers & blow.
  10. Milk


    Sep 16, 2013
    Montreal, Canada
    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 Don't surround yourself with yourself. Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Cincy, OH
  12. Frank Tuesday

    Frank Tuesday

    Jul 11, 2008
    Austin, TX
    I do my own Ginger Beer occasionally. Do the rest of you carbonate naturally (fermenting yeast), or force carbonate?
  13. Indiana Mike

    Indiana Mike Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2005

    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

    Feb 16, 2011
    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


    Sep 16, 2013
    Montreal, Canada

    i use yeast personally

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