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Root Beer take 2 (FAILED)

Discussion in 'The Homestead Kitchen - Recipes Etc' started by CrealCritter, Mar 9, 2019.

  1. Mar 15, 2019 at 5:22 AM
    CrealCritter

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    Day 5 - still chugging along slowly but surely, its got several more days left to ferment before it will get bottled.
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    If this batch of root beer turns out good with the brewing yeast I'm using this time. I could send you a package of the same yeast I used. I got a line of this yeast for $1.00 per pack. You probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen already, except sassafras root tea. But a sassafras sapling is pretty easy to find out in the woods.
     
  3. Mar 15, 2019 at 1:10 PM
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    Thanks for the offer! I actually have a bunch of Red Star brewing yeasts from some of my wine making attempts. Not sure if it's the same stuff - but it will be some time before I even attempt something like that again, lol. Sure enjoy following your attempts...learning from your successes and even the failure.
     
  4. Mar 16, 2019 at 11:19 PM
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    Day 6 - I moved the carboy to the kitchen counter to bottle later this evening. The brewing yeast has pretty much finished eating itself out of house and home. A sniff of the airlock, smells of root beer & alcohol, I guess that's the way it should smell :).

    Now that I moved it to the kitchen counter, I'm so tempted to remove the air lock and bung and use my wine thief to get a little taste and see if its any good or needs to go down the drain, like my first attempt.

    Patience, Palawan Learner, patience...
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  5. Mar 17, 2019 at 12:25 AM
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    :fl I’ll betcha this batch is gonna be ok!
     
  6. Mar 17, 2019 at 12:34 AM
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    :fl I hope it's good...

    After a little taste test I'll decide on bottling primer, dark brown cane sugar for it's heavy molasses content or light brown cane sugar for a little molasses taste or regular cane sugar for no change in taste profile.

    That is if it's good to begin with :fl
     
  7. Mar 17, 2019 at 3:35 AM
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    OK... I had my wife help me with tasting and syphoning. Its not sour so that's good. We both agreed... it's pretty alcoholic, the hydrometer bottomed @1010 out so its fully fermented. It is most definitely not sweet at all, it tingles your tongue, its tart, flavors that come through is cinnamon and vanilla. A mouth full leaves your entire mouth tingly.
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    I added 2 cups of dark brown cane sugar dissolved in spring water as a primer and bottled 4 pints to see how it tastes again after it's carbonated. The rest of the 2 1/2 gallons I dumped down the drain.

    I'm not considering this a failure until after its carbonated and give it another taste test. Then I'll decide if it's a failure or not.

    Since I can make a good tasting root beer in the pot before it goes through fermentation. I have another idea to make hard root beer. But I need to think through it a little bit more, before I put root beer take 3 into action.
     
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    Yep... Another failure. Tasted good going into the fermenter. But not so good coming out. The 4 bottles I saved carbonated and all with a thick creamy head but I'm not sure what I created underneath the head, but it most definitely did not taste like root beer.

    Oh well... Third times a charm? maybe. I'm not giving up until I get a successful batch of home made root beer that I can repeat and scale up or down. Short story, I don't quit, failures are learning experiences is all.
     
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  9. Mar 18, 2019 at 8:06 PM
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    :( That stinks... but, you're right it's a learning experience
     
  10. Mar 18, 2019 at 10:21 PM
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    I wonder if you could just cheat and use the starter recipe and add carbonated water to it for a root beer soda?

    I wish you luck on your next attempt.
     

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