hist-brewing: sassafrass

Eylat Poliner allotta at earthlink.net
Thu Sep 2 09:26:21 PDT 1999


I can't recall the title of the book, but there one available with the history
of rootbeer including many recipes.
It is available at the Home Beer, Wine and Cheesemaking shop in Woodland Hills,
CA   1-800-559-9922   The book is around $12 - $14  and you can have it mailed.

Leo Demski wrote:

> Hello Folks!
>
> I was wondering if anyone could provide information concerning the use of
> sassafrass in brewing history...Specifically in root beer, but also in
> anything else.  I recently was able to rescue about 3 lbs of sassafrass
> roots from a unfortunately sacrificed young tree.  They smell wonderful, and
> I was trying to find a way to utilize them.  I know that the Acadian French
> in Louisiana (Cajuns) use the dried, ground leaf as file powder for gumbo,
> but I have also heard tell of people making tea from the leaves and/or bark.
>
> And, while we're on the subject, wasn't the original root beer alcoholic?
> Does anyone have a recipe and/or lore about that?
>
> Many thanks for whatever information you have!
>
> Oh, and let me just say that although I've never posted anything before, I
> have avidly read the wonderful discussions on this list for quite a while.
> Thank you all for providing and taking part in such an interesting and
> thought-provoking forum!
>
> -Wassail, Cheers, Skoal, etc,
> -Leo
>
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