Well, it is time again to return to the world of extracts! The bottled soda supply is low, yet the extract queue is getting longer. I always feel like it is a lot of work to concoct these brews and sometimes it is, but often not so much. I decided to also return to the world of gnomes at the same time. the company seems to be known more for their birch extract, which i reviewed about a year ago. It was rather tasty so the bar is set.
the extract came with a recipe in it. but scaling down their recipe from 2.5 gallons of water to 1 quart was a little tricky but not all that bad as 1 quart is 1/10 of 2.5 gallons. division by 10 i can do, even if i nearly failed linear math in college. that stuff is just confusing and bizarre though so whatever. I am always surprised just how little extract one uses to make this stuff. less than 1/2 teaspoon to a quart of water seems so tiny. well, that is what they say, let’s do it.
the taste is pretty creamy, smooth but not as flavorful as I’d like. i think i even put more than their recommended amount of extract in as i expect it to be too weak anyway. nonetheless it is tasty on the whole. as with most extracts, they don’t really get crazy and instead go for the “standard” flavor. that is fine but a little boring in the end. it tastes like what you would hope for. this would probably be good for baking more than actual soda making in my mind. i mean, if it tastes like generic root beer, why do through the hassle of making it instead of buying a 3l bottle for 89 cents? well, besides controlling what sweetener is used and how much i suppose.
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Ingredients: water, caramel color, natural and artificial flavorings, alcohol, proplyne glycol. contains sulfites