Thursday, July 17, 2008

Blackstrap Root Beer 2

For my second root beer, I decided to stay with the original Blackstrap Root Beer recipe, but lightened the sugars and molassas while taking up the spices a little. This batch is brewed for our Condo building's "get to know our neighbors better" picnic this Sunday.

One error in the first batch recipe was the root beer extract. I'm sure I used 3 ounces instead of 3 tablespoons. For this one, it's tablespoons. No wonder it was very rich tasting...but tasty none-the-less.

Blackstrap Root Beer 2
Brewed 7/17/08
3 gallons

3.00 cup Organic Evaporated Cane Sugar
1.25 cup Demerara Sugar
1.25 cup Light Brown Sugar
0.33 cup Organic Blackstrap Molassas
5.00 Tbs Malto Dextrin

1.5 Cinnamon Stick, 30min
.20 oz Licorice Root, 30min

1.5 Cinnamon Stick, 10min
.05 oz Licorice Root, 5min

3.0 Tbs Root Beer Extract

Spices boiled in 1 gallon water for 30 minutes. Turn off heat. Add sugars. Chill in cold water bath in sink. Stir in extract while still hot. Chill a little more. Add to keg. Top off with chilled distilled water. Force carbonate. That's it.

Tasting Notes

For my second round of root beer, I really like the balance in this one. It is still sweet and richer than most commercial examples, but I prefer this one. I especially like how it doesn't have the vanilla sweetness often found in many root beers. I like a spicier sharpness that compliments the sarsaparilla and counterbalances the richer molassas and sugar content. It pours a very dark brown with an amber hue. I cut back on the sugars only marginally, but this one is definitely lighter than my first. I may lighten it even more, but also add to the spice complexity. Again, thoroughly enjoyable!


Unknown said...

This recipe looks good, but unfortunately, I can't make it. I don't have the means to keg and won't for at least a couple years. However, I was intrigued by the hard root beer in the Sam Adams Patriot collection last year. Have you seen any recipes on how to make a hard version of something like this (it'd of course be less sweet, but otherwise might taste similar)?

Ted Danyluk said...

Kyle, you can try the bottling method. No hard root beer recipes. Again, look at my reply to my first root beer post. I think that approach just might work.

Thanks for your interest, comments and questions.