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scrumptiouschef

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Attention Rootbeer Experts Thu, 05/9/13 9:28 PM (permalink)
We're about to hit the test kitchen to knock out a batch of homemade root beer. Looking for suggestions, recipes and tips.
 
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    Twinwillow

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    Re:Attention Rootbeer Experts Thu, 05/9/13 10:32 PM (permalink)
    Twisted Root Burgers in Dallas makes their own root beer. Give owner, Jason Boso a call to see if he'll give you some tips.
    http://twistedrootburgerco.com/wordpress/
     
     
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      mar52

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      • Location: Marina del Rey, CA
      Re:Attention Rootbeer Experts Thu, 05/9/13 10:36 PM (permalink)
      Del's Charcoal Burgers in Richardson, Texas has the best I've tasted.
       
      Make yours like Triple XXX and you'll have a winner.
       
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        RodBangkok

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        Re:Attention Rootbeer Experts Thu, 05/9/13 10:59 PM (permalink)
        Google 
         
        Zatarain's
         
        They're extract is the best I've used, stay away from McCormick.  As for recipe ours is secret except for the extract, sorry.  I played with trying to make scratch without extract, and it was not worth the hassle of finding the real ingredients, and the flavor just did not come thru compared to using an extract.
         
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          EdSails

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          Re:Attention Rootbeer Experts Fri, 05/10/13 1:42 AM (permalink)
          Look at this review I did.
          http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Review/8124-10028/davidsons-casual-dining
          one of the highlights is their in-house made root beer. Maybe they can answer a question or two for you. Nice people.
           
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            Twinwillow

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            Re:Attention Rootbeer Experts Fri, 05/10/13 7:35 AM (permalink)
            mar52


            Del's Charcoal Burgers in Richardson, Texas has the best I've tasted.


             
            Mar, Del's Charcoal Burgers is a great (independent) burger joint! How do you know about it?
            http://www.delsburgers.com/
             
            #6
              Tony Bad

              Re:Attention Rootbeer Experts Fri, 05/10/13 8:12 AM (permalink)
              Another place making their own root beer...
               
              http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Overview/6737/carlsons-drivein
               
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                mar52

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                Re:Attention Rootbeer Experts Fri, 05/10/13 12:44 PM (permalink)

                Mar, Del's Charcoal Burgers is a great (independent) burger joint! How do you know about it?
                http://www.delsburgers.com/

                 
                Twinwillow...  When I spent a month in McKinney a couple of years ago I searched out little places in the surrounding areas.  I don't remember where I read about Del's... it may have been on Roadfood. 
                 
                I LOVED their burgers but it was the root beer that stood out.  It was smooth, creamy, had a hint of vanilla and it was just down right delicious.
                 
                This year we stayed in Denison and didn't have time for Del's or I would have made sure I repeated my visit.
                 
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                  mayor al

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                  Re:Attention Rootbeer Experts Fri, 05/10/13 1:06 PM (permalink)
                  We used to use the Hires Root Beer extract for our home-made Root Beer. Got it right a few times...but also had some really yeasty stuff that was just terrible. Had more than a few explode due to storage area 'warmth'.  It was fun, but the clean-up and broken glass taught us to return to 'store-bought' after a dozen or so tries.
                   
                  If I want good Root Beer now I head to our local Culver's.
                   
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                    mar52

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                    Re:Attention Rootbeer Experts Fri, 05/10/13 3:42 PM (permalink)
                    I gave Culver's root beer a couple of tries but both were at the same location in McKinney.  Either the machine wasn't operating correctly or the mix of soda to concentrate was off.  I didn't like it at all and I wanted to.
                     
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                      Root-Beer Man

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                      • Location: Noblesville, IN
                      Re:Attention Rootbeer Experts Fri, 05/10/13 4:25 PM (permalink)
                      I'll second using Zatarain's extract. On the batches I've made that was my go to extract and it was worth every penny I paid for it. The others on the market just don't compare. Make sure to use cane sugar. I've also used half and half cane and brown, and the result was pretty tasty. A hit or two of fresh ground nutmeg is also a nice addition. I don't suggest using champagne yeast to carbonate, the results vary widely with temperature and other factors. Use CO2 and force carbonate, like you would kegged beer. The results are good and the CO2 often adds a nice bite. There's a book that's still available called Homemade Rootbeer, Soda and Pop by Cresswell that has loads of recipes in it. A pretty good book and the recipes scale rather easily. Most are "from scratch" recipes and call for Sassafras, which you may not want to use because of the Safrol.
                      <message edited by Root-Beer Man on Fri, 05/10/13 4:27 PM>
                       
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                        Twinwillow

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                        Re:Attention Rootbeer Experts Fri, 05/10/13 10:29 PM (permalink)
                        mar52



                        Mar, Del's Charcoal Burgers is a great (independent) burger joint! How do you know about it?
                        http://www.delsburgers.com/


                        Twinwillow...  When I spent a month in McKinney a couple of years ago I searched out little places in the surrounding areas.  I don't remember where I read about Del's... it may have been on Roadfood. 

                        I LOVED their burgers but it was the root beer that stood out.  It was smooth, creamy, had a hint of vanilla and it was just down right delicious.

                        This year we stayed in Denison and didn't have time for Del's or I would have made sure I repeated my visit.

                         
                        Well, I guess I'll just have to a frosty one for you on my next visit to Del's. 
                        <message edited by Twinwillow on Fri, 05/10/13 10:30 PM>
                         
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                          myterry2

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                          Re:Attention Rootbeer Experts Fri, 05/10/13 10:50 PM (permalink)
                          Used to try to make my own root beer, then discovered Sprecher Brewing Co out of Milwaukee, WI.....one of the best made root beer ever....plus they will let you tour the plant and give your samples of all there flavors...I think grape is the newest.   They sell the bottles in N Illinois in various stores, plus in 1/4 and 1/2 barrels in WI.
                           
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                            carolina bob

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                            Re:Attention Rootbeer Experts Sat, 05/11/13 1:22 AM (permalink)
                            Dog 'N Suds is, IMO, the best root beer there is, but Sprecher's is a close second. Stewart's is also pretty good.
                             
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                              ynotryme

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                              • Location: mansfield, TX
                              Re:Attention Rootbeer Experts Sat, 05/11/13 3:18 PM (permalink)
                               
                              #15
                                Big_g

                                Re:Attention Rootbeer Experts Sat, 05/11/13 3:29 PM (permalink)
                                Love Dog & Suds....haven't seen on in years...
                                 
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                                  KurtSara

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                                  • Location: Central MN
                                  Re:Attention Rootbeer Experts Sun, 05/12/13 7:30 AM (permalink)
                                  1919 is my favorite.
                                   
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                                    myterry2

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                                    Re:Attention Rootbeer Experts Sun, 05/12/13 10:46 AM (permalink)
                                    You could be right, totally forgot about Dog-n-Suds.
                                     
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