hist-brewing: Root Beer

Bob Skilnik toddlintown at mediaone.net
Thu Jul 13 05:18:30 PDT 2000

As I recall, sassafras roots are no longer used in the
production of root beer in the U.S. About 30 years ago or
so, they were determined to be carcinogenic (cancer
causing). You might want to verify this, but I believe this
info is correct.


EFOUCH at steelcase.com wrote:
> I have a 1912 recipe for root beer using dandelion roots, sassafras roots,
> and/or burdock roots.
> My question is, does it matter when these roots are harvested?  Would there be
> a difference with roots harvested in spring as opposed to roots harvested in
> summer/fall?
> Thanks
> Eric Fouch
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