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Old 05-15-2019, 12:55 PM
 
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I don't mean the flavored root beer at the quick stops in the pop section of a local gas station. I mean the real stuff made from the bark of Sassafras tree.
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Old 05-15-2019, 01:04 PM
 
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Like this?


https://www.bundaberg.com/en-us/brew/root-beer/
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Old 05-15-2019, 01:04 PM
 
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Unfortunately, the best way is to go to the trouble of getting a bottle of Hires (or other brand) concentrate, sugar, yeast, bottles, caps, and a capper, and make up a batch. My father used to make root beer that way, and it was far superior to anything we ever found that was commercially bottled.

I don't think that any root beer or concentrate is allowed to use sassafras extracts anymore.
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Old 05-15-2019, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Unfortunately, the best way is to go to the trouble of getting a bottle of Hires (or other brand) concentrate, sugar, yeast, bottles, caps, and a capper, and make up a batch. My father used to make root beer that way, and it was far superior to anything we ever found that was commercially bottled.

I don't think that any root beer or concentrate is allowed to use sassafras extracts anymore.
I grew up in PA and this makes me think of a great uncle (I think? that's what the family called him) - he tried making it and it blew up.
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Old 05-15-2019, 01:54 PM
 
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It's the safrole that's the controlled substance (used in the manufacturer of MDMA/Extacy), which is part of the sassafras. You can get whole chunks of the Root, and make a tea (good on its own). You could then carbonate it (sodastream?) to get as close to the old time sassafras drink. Root beer is more modern, all chemicals and additives.
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Old 05-15-2019, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Herndon, VA
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If you're up for traveling to San Antonio, Schilo's has homemade root beer, and it's amazing.

https://www.schilos.com/menu
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Old 05-15-2019, 02:55 PM
 
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"Dorothy Louise Molter, lived for 56 years on Knife Lake in the Boundary Waters area of northern Minnesota. She was known as "Knife Lake Dorothy" or as the "Root Beer Lady", as she made root beer and sold it to thousands of passing canoeists in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, near Ely, Minnesota. Wikipedia"

She bottled 10,000-15,000 bottles a year and cut her own ice off the lake to cool it.

I don't know if this is the real deal anymore but they still bottle her root beer:

https://rootbeerjournal.blogspot.com...root-beer.html
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Old 05-15-2019, 03:15 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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A neighbor used to make root beer back when I was a child. So delicious and nothing like store bought. I don't know where you would buy anything like that.


The root beer the A&W drive-in used to be pretty darn good, but when A&W sold out to whomever and it started to be sold bottled in the grocery store, it wasn't the same at all.
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Old 05-15-2019, 04:09 PM
 
Location: northern New England
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Best root beer I ever had was at a birthday party - they mixed up the concentrate, water and sugar in a big cauldron and then slowly added dry ice. Of course you need LOTS of people to drink it up.
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Old 05-15-2019, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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You should probably ask in your local forum.
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