Subject: Re: Rootbeer
Date: 1990-01-08 16:30:04 GMT
A while back Mark Freeman asked for a rootbeer recipe.
I recently made a half-barrel of rootbeer for my local beer bar,
The Sunset Tap & Grille in Boston.
It may be illegal to sell homebrew, but it is ok to sell homemade rootbeer
(as far as I know).
Chuck's Homemade Ozark Rootbeer (15 gal recipe)
2 oz Birch Beer Extract
10 oz Root Beer Extract
1 lb Honey
1 cup Blackstrap Molasses
1 cup Grade B Maple Syrup
1 gal Sugar (approx 8 lb)
Approximate total cost of ingredients: $25.50
Mix all ingredients in a keg, add water to fill keg, carbonate, drink.
Some comments regarding the recipe:
I thought the molasses taste was a bit harsh, I will try regular
molasses next time and perhaps use a little less as well.
I will try substituting 2 oz of sasparilla extract for 2 oz of the rootbeer
In any case, you can mix the ingredients to your taste.
This recipe produces a strong tasting rootbeer with about half the sweetness
of most commercial rootbeers (warning: you will want to clean your draft
lines after dispensing this root beer, it leaves a flavor behind).
It was extremely popular with the underage
college crowd because the rootbeer was served just like draft beer.
You can obtain the extracts in 2 oz bottles at most homebrewing shops.
In addition, you can buy bulk extracts through restaurant suppliers,
the one brand I know of is 'Universal'.
While I artifically carbonated my rootbeer (for both legal & practical reasons)
you could ferment it to get carbonation.
There was an alcoholic rootbeer at the Great American Beer Festival,
I talked with the brewmaster who made it, and it is similar to my recipe,
but with the addition of a substantial amount of malt extract to increase
the fermentables. His rootbeer was in the 6% alcohol by weight range,
and tasted very good on it's own, but didn't go well with drinking lots
of regular beer.
BTW: The Sunset sold out of my rootbeer in about a week, but I will make
some more as soon as a tap becomes available.
- Chuck Cox - america's fastest beer judge -
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