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Lazy8244
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:45 pm    Post subject: How to get the right Color... Reply with quote

I've got some persnickety nephues... It may taste, smell, and act like Root Beer... but with out the Color, or any "foam" they won't touch it...

Any ideas to get some "head" on it? Or how to get some Color into it?
  
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Lazy8244
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 3:00 am    Post subject: Re: How to get the right Color... Reply with quote

Right... so no replies...

So I've tried Blackstrap molasses... Its curently fermenting so Not quite sure how it will show up...
  
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aruzinsky
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you look on the ingredients label of any brand of root beer, you will see "caramel color." Caramel is cooked sugar or other carbohydrate. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caramel_color


Put some sugar into a pot and gradually heat it until it melts and turns almost black. If it is too bitter for your taste, you will have to buy commercially produced caramel coloring. See

http://www.google.com/products?q=%22caramel%20color%22&rls=com.microsoft:en-us&oe=UTF-8&startIndex=&startPage=1&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wf
  
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steveb
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have not used this, so I do not know how accurate or available it is, but to increase the foam, I have seen mention of using Quillaja saponaria - "Soapbark" and/or Manihot esculenta - "Manioc" or "Yuca" (root). Let us know how it turns out!
  
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steveb
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you can purchase Yucca Root extract - haven't found a location yet....
  
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