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Is there anything better than root beer in a frosted mug in the summertime? I don’t think so. Unless we are talking about a quality home-brewed root beer. Did you know that the taste of rootbeer comes from naturally occurring, well, roots!
When you start to taste food and drink that is made the old way it’s so hard to believe we changed. The allure of convenience was just so strong that we gave up everything to have it at our fingertips without any work involved.
Leaves and Roots for DIY Rootbeer
There are two ingredients that are going to create that distinct rootbeer flavor.
The first is sassafrass root. Sassafrass is a very distinct looking and smelling often a small tree but it can grow as tall as 115 feet! You will mostly find it in its smaller form.
The roots are dug up and sliced down to use to create that syrup
Wintergreen is another important plant for rootbeer. You will use the leaves for this application, not the root.
A word of warning, wintergreen contains the same active ingredients as aspirin. Avoid it if you are allergic to aspirin.
The Base Decoction
You are going to uses these roots and leaves as well as ginger and coriander to create a base decoction. By simmering all of these ingredients in water for 15 minutes you will flavor that water and have a base for your fermented rootbeer.
Base decoction making is very important and is a great means for practicing making wild medicine, as the process is the same!
Making drinks like beer and soda is not just about pleasure and leisure. Rather, these skills are vital in terms of bartering both skills and resources with others in an SHTF scenario. Dont discount these things.