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motochef
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 1:44 pm    Post subject: Bitter Root Beer Reply with quote

Hello all, I am a Culinary Arts instructor and we have been trying to make root beer in one of my classes. I have tried one of the recipes from the book Root Beer and Soda Pop Recipes and and it was only fairly successful. My experience was that the Sassafras root was fairly bitter and when we reduced the amount of Sassafras root the bitter taste was not as bad but the taste was somewhat weak. Can anyone share a good root beer recipe where we can start with that has a nice flavor without being bitter? Any help is greatly appreciated.
  
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are many recipes, so it would help to understand which ingredients you used. The choice of sweetener and carbonation method could also impact the taste (e.g. if you used yeast to carbonate and a small amount of sugar, there might not be enough sugar to sweeten / reduce bitterness).

This video walks through steps, but doesn't detail the ingredient amounts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-d8EVE9rP4M

Here's a recipe he used: http://swaggerrootbeer.blogspot.com/2010/10/final-product.html?spref=tw
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motochef
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Bitter Root Beer Reply with quote

Thanks, I tried this recipe and it was cloyingly sweet, I'm going to try it again with less sweetener. I just got the 200 soda recipe book and I'm going to try a couple of those.
I just thought there would be more people out there willing to share their tried and true recipes.
and to answer your question I used a CO2 charger to carbonate and I'll look at school for the recipe I used the first time.
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aruzinsky
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 1:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Bitter Root Beer Reply with quote

motochef wrote:
Hello all, I am a Culinary Arts instructor and we have been trying to make root beer in one of my classes. I have tried one of the recipes from the book Root Beer and Soda Pop Recipes and and it was only fairly successful. My experience was that the Sassafras root was fairly bitter and when we reduced the amount of Sassafras root the bitter taste was not as bad but the taste was somewhat weak. Can anyone share a good root beer recipe where we can start with that has a nice flavor without being bitter? Any help is greatly appreciated.


Do you realize that regular beer is bitter? Root beer made directly from herbs is supposed to be bitter because the solid constituents of many herbs, such as sassafras, are bitter. Your expectation that root beer should not be bitter was developed from tasting root beer that was made from essential oils and/or flavor compounds. Now, do you see the error in your thinking?

Here is a recipe with a nice flavor that is not bitter:

75 parts per million (ppm) ethyl vanillin
25 ppm heliotropin
25 ppm methyl salicylate
3 ppm dihydroanethol

sweeten, color and carbonate
  
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