hist-brewing: Root Beer

EFOUCH at steelcase.com EFOUCH at steelcase.com
Thu Jul 13 05:39:00 PDT 2000

Yes, saffrol, I think it is, is a suspect carcinogen.
At what concentrations?  What exposure time?  What isn't a suspect carcinogen?

I wanted to try one original batch, to see what the real stuff was like.  I
have made a few using commercial extracts, and tweaked them here and there
into a pretty decent facsimile.

What would be a reasonable replacement for sassafras?  Birch bark?

Eric Fouch

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Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2000 07:18:30 -0500
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Subject: Re: hist-brewing: Root Beer

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
> a difference with roots harvested in spring as opposed to roots harvested in
> summer/fall?
> Thanks
> Eric Fouch
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