As an authentic beer of North America, the Root Beer will taste better if you made it yourself with selected ingredients that you can also enjoy the aging process of this sweet beverage. The root beer was made from the root bark of the sassafras tree or the vine of sarsaparilla as the primary flavor. Has a thick and foamy head when it poured, the root beer is commonly non-alcoholic, caffeine-free, sweet, and carbonated.
The History Of The Root Beer
The root beer was firstly made for culinary and medical reasons by the indigenous peoples of the Americas before the arrival of Europeans in North America. Based on history, root beer firstly made in the 16th century with European culinary techniques and since the 1840s, the root beer has been sold in confectionery stores. In 1876, Charles Elmer Hires, a pharmacist who successfully make a great debut of the root beer in a commercial brand at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. Until 1893, root beer is widely distributed across the United States.
The tradition of brewing root beer is considered to become the evolution from other small beer traditions that produced fermented drinks with low alcohol content. More than a beverage that has low alcohol content, the root beer was produced for medical reasons because it was made of sassafras that popular among the Native Americans and Europeans as a medical herbal.
Nowadays, most countries have produced their own root beer not only in the United States or Canada but also in Malaysia, Indonesia, Argentina, Vietnam, Sweden, United Kingdom, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Philipines, Thailand, Australia, and many more. But, the taste is different in each region and may not have an authentic taste like the one that produced in North America, so, if you have spare time, exploring every root beer in every country may sound great!
How To Make Homemade Root Beer
1/2 cup sassafras root bark
1/2 tsp wintergreen leaf
1 cinnamon stick
1 dash coriander
1 dash allspice
12 cups of filtered water
1 cup unrefined cane sugar
1/4 cup molasses
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup lime juice
3/4 cup homemade ginger bug
Step 1. In a larger pot, put the sassafras root bark, cinnamon, coriander, wintergreen leaf, and allspice. Pour the filtered water into the pot and let it boil over high heat.
Step 2. After it getting boiled, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. Then, strained it in a mesh strainer to remove the herbs.
Step 3. Add the sugar, molasses, and vanilla while it is still warm until everything dissolved. After that, let it cool until warm and add the lime juice and ginger bug. Stir it well.
Step 4. Pour into your favorite bottle or jar with tight lids and let it getting fermented for several days at room temperature.
Step 5. In two days, checked the carbonation and once it meets your desire, place it in the refrigerator and let it chilled. Congratulation, you are a (home) brewer now!