Chuck's homemade ozark rootbeer (15 gal recipe)
Last updated 6/12/2012 1:16:20 AM. Recipe ID 46144. Report a problem with this recipe.
Title: Chuck's homemade ozark rootbeer (15 gal recipe)
Categories: Polkadot, Faylen, Beverages, Brewing
Yield: 15 Gallons
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)
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
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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