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Old December 13, 2018   #16
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Be aware that homemade root beer is actually beer, and has alcohol content.
Now you tell me.

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Old December 13, 2018   #17
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Here's a new proverb I just came up with...
"When life gives you Sassafrass... Make Root Beer!"
Let em help you with that.
"When life gives you Sassafrass... Make File' to use in gumbo!"

I was out shopping today and thought of you when I saw this on the shelf.

https://www.sassafrastea.com/sassafras-teas/
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Old December 13, 2018   #18
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Be aware that homemade root beer is actually beer, and has alcohol content.
1-2% not more than a good cough syrup. Cough cough!
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depends on the yeast you use.
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Got a 6 day "ginger bug" going... Smells great!
Decided to make ginger beer/ale, while I'm waiting for ingredients to come in for root beer.
Got a dozen Grolsh bottles ready to go. Pics soon.
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depends on the yeast you use.
I'm doing a wild ferment on the batch, and am debating on a wine,bread,beer or champagne yeast to prime the bottles...
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For lords sake no bread yeast.
Whisky yeast.
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Star Anise is a seed pod from an Asian tree. Not something you'll want to grow. Too much space, time, and it's not Hardy.

Burdock root adds a nice smoothness to root beer and you can grow it yourself. Wintergreen is another ingredient that I like in root beer. A few drops of wintergreen oil in a 5 gallon batch is plenty so it's easier to just buy it. Although you can probably grow it if you want.
Never really heard of burdock till you mentioned it, wintergreen will grow here also I guess.
Out of luck growing Star Anise, Liqurice, Vanilla beans or sassaparilla around here...
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For lords sake no bread yeast.
Whisky yeast.
I'm leaning towards champagne, to test the integrity of the bottles I'm putting it in.
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I'm leaning towards champagne, to test the integrity of the bottles I'm putting it in.
I've been having great success with Lalvin EC-1118 Prise de Mousse.

Check out the chart and find a brew store.
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I dont know anything about yeast or making any of this stuff I was just fooling around.
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I went foraging today, and found some of the ingredients for root beer here...







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Is that distilled water? I read something about it giving wine an off flavor, you might want to read up on that.

I'll be waiting on the results too!!!
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Is that distilled water? I read something about it giving wine an off flavor, you might want to read up on that.

I'll be waiting on the results too!!!
I've read somewhere that chlorinated water is worse than than distilled, if you are wanting to add a yeast culture to it, you don't want chlorine in it...
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That's true too but you can let the water sit for a while and the chlorine will dissipate. Spring water would be best if you don't have well water.
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