Al’s Root Beerroot beer

Beer style: Root Beer (i.e. not actually beer)
Target ABV: 1-2% maybe
Ready for drinking: from 30 June 2014

I’ve never tried root beer, but my friend Al loves it and popped over yesterday to get a bit of help brewing up a batch. It doesn’t contain any malt or any other grains (so in my mind isn’t beer) but is a sugary mix that is flavoured with various roots and spices.

We added the following to some water and boiled it up for 45 minutes or so with 3-4 litres of water:

  • 40g Sarsparilla
  • 8g Burdock
  • 3g Hops (Nelson Sauvin)
  • 4g Dandelion
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick (4g)
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 280G unrefined demerara sugar
  • 2 tbspn golden Syrup
We then cooled it and added some English ale yeast before leaving it to bubble away for a week or so.

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