Old Fashioned Root Beer
root beer, historical, 1910s, soda
Source: Thomas D. Feller (email@example.com)
Issue #930, 7/22/92
This was from Excellent Recipes for Baking Raised Bread, from the
Fleishman Company, 1912. I have never tried this recipe...always used
extract from the local homebrew store.
- 1 cake, compressed yeast
- 5 pounds, sugar
- 2 ounces, sassafrass root
- 1 ounce, hops or ginger root
- 2 ounces, juniper berries
- 4 gallons, water
- 1 ounce, dandelion root
- 2 ounces, wintergreen
Wash roots well in cold water. Add juniper berries (crushed) and hops.
Pour 8 quarts boiling water over root mixture and boil slowly 20
minutes. Strain through flannel bag. Add sugar and remaining 8 quarts
water. Allow to stand until lukewarm. Dissolve yeast in a little cool
water. Add to root liquid. Stir will. Let settle then strain again and
bottle. Cork tightly. Keep in a warm room 5 to 6 hours, then store in a
cool place. Put on ice as required for use.