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Chuck's Homemade Ozark Rootbeer (15 Gal Recipe)

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Category: Beverages, Brewing

 Ingredients List

  • 2 oz Birch Beer Extract
  • 10 oz Root Beer Extract
  • 1 lb Honey
  • 1 c Blackstrap Molasses
  • 1 c Grade B Maple Syrup
  • 1 Gal Sugar (approx 8 lb)
  • -Directions:


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.

* The Polka Dot Palace BBS 1-201-822-3627. Posted by FAYLEN


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