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After Several attempt, still looking for a good flavor.
 
 
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Hildy
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2005 12:58 am    Post subject: After Several attempt, still looking for a good flavor. Reply with quote

I have had several attempts at a cratch root beer with no success. I am trying to acheive a modern (post 1960) tasting rootbeer and have not had success. I have tried ingredients such as Juniper berries, vanilla, anise, licorice, burdock, yellow dock etc... My main ingredients yave been sassafrass root bark and Wintergreen leaves.

With the sassafrass root bark I have achieved a pleasant tasting drink. It just doesn't taste much like root beer. I moved on to wintergreen leaves to acheive a more modern flavor and have been completely unsuccessful; It tastes like a tree.

I thought the problem might be the fact that I am using wintergreen leaves but I am unable to find wintergreen bark or root in any herb stores or on line.

I thought about essential oils but, as far as I know, they are not compatible with water.

Any direction or experience would be apprecieated.

A couple of posters have discussed using birch in place of wintergreen but I have run into the same problem of availability on line.
  
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aruzinsky
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2005 6:45 pm    Post subject: Re: After Several attempt, still looking for a good flavor. Reply with quote

Post 1960 rootbeer does not contain safrole, the rootbeer-like constituent of sassafras. Some modern rootbeers have safrole free sassafras extract, but I am guessing it taste more like vanilla and clove rather than sassafras.

I don't know what wintergreen leaves and bark taste like, but I used to eat wintergreen berries and they taste exactly like a wintergreen lifesaver.

Use wintergreen oil, sweet birch oil, or synthetic methyl salicylate. Make sure they are food grade, USP, or NF. Use LESS than 1 drop per gallon. I have addressed your solubility concerns elsewhere.
  
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