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Stoltzfus Root Beer Extract

I had found a website somewhere along the line of looking for new sodas that had a whole load of root beer extracts from Pennsylvania Amish country. I am guessing/assuming that this is mainly due to the popularity of home brewing soda among the Amish, still to this day. this is worth noting because most of the time when I get extracts or syrups, i have to order them one at a time directly from the manufacturer. so getting four different brands or whatever from one place is pretty cool and unique.
this one only has instructions for making the whole bottle which involves 8 cups of sugar and 5 gallons of water. now, i do have some big buckets so i could conceivable do that, i don’t want to. mainly since i just want one bottle or glass. so i scaled it down as best i could and made less.
the taste came out a little bit different than the expected flavor. there is a stronger herbal/root taste in there. something deep and robust that I am unable to place. maybe it is extra sassafras. strangely, there are no flavorings in the ingredients at all. so I have no clue what gives it any sort of flavor. of course they left something off that list. whatever. i do enjoy the different taste here, it works. it isn’t amazing but of the extracts i’ve had lately, it is one of the better ones.

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Type: Root Beer Comes In: extract
Available: PA, online

Obtained in: mailorder
Head: None Sweetener: none
Caffeine: No

Ingredients: caramel color, water, propylene glycol, acacia gum, sugar syrup, citric acid, sodium benzoate

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  1. Kirbydmr says:

    I really appreciate your reviews. I’ve been trying to find the best syrup, and your notes are extremely helpful!

  2. Sharon says:

    The Stoltzfus Root Beer extract is definitely the best. I’ve had two jars explode though before the two days were up, so I need to pay more attention if the lid is bowing out! Fortunately I had put a towel under the jars and over top, so it didn’t make as great a mess this time. Perhaps because the temperature in the room was on the higher end of 72-80 degrees (it was 78 degrees this time), but my last batch was a success and the best one so far for lots of fizz. I do 5 half gallons at a time and it makes the best root beer floats.

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