hist-brewing: Root Beer

Sandy Hatfield ivy_gort at yahoo.com
Mon Jul 17 15:16:45 PDT 2000


Concerning sassafras.  Gumbo lovers beware!!  File'=
ground sassafras leaves, main spice in all gumbos.
What is the the difference between the bark and the
leaves?  
 
--- "Dennis W. Mattison (LittleWolf)"
<mattison at webovision.com> wrote:
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> Sorry for butting in...
> 
> Saffrol, in Sassafras, is a known carcinogen, and
> thus is not legal to use in
> root beers which will be sold.  However, the reason
> to why saffrol was
> declared
> a carcinogen is still a little iffy even though it
> has never been questioned.
> Like everything else the FDA tests, the test of
> saffrol was to give laboratory
> mice sassafras in large quantities over a long
> period of time.  In doing so,
> they found that the laboratory mice were more
> susceptible to cancer than the
> control mice.  Therefore, ignoring the fact that the
> average human does not
> consume such large amounts of saffrol on a daily
> basis from drinking root
> beer,
> they declared it a carcinogen and thus no product
> can contain it, and all
> sales
> of the sassafras bark must contain a warning which
> states its known carcinogen
> status.
> 
> However, ignoring that warning, and possibly
> subjecting yourself to cancer,
> you
> can buy and use sassafras in root beer so long as
> you do not sell the root
> beer.  I have made several batches of root beer, and
> I always find the root
> beer made with sassafras is always better tasting
> than the commercial (fake)
> stuff.
> 
> However, possible substitiutes include birch bark,
> ginger, and (believe it or
> not) raisons.  I have a book available from most
> homebrew shops
> (unfortunately,
> I cannot find it at the moment, but I believe it is
> called Brewing Root Beer,)
> which is very good at covering the legal issues of
> sassafras and the
> substitutes.
> 
> The commercial extracts always taste too "medicinee"
> for my liking.
> 
> - ---
> Dennis W. Mattison
> (a.k.a. LittleWolf)
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> From: owner-hist-brewing at rt.com
> [mailto:owner-hist-brewing at rt.com]On
> Behalf Of EFOUCH at steelcase.com
> Sent: Thursday, July 13, 2000 5:39 AM
> To: toddlintown at mediaone.net
> Cc: hist-brewing at pbm.com; EFOUCH at steelcase.com
> Subject: Re: hist-brewing: Root Beer
> 
> 
> 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
> PDT&L
> 4-2408
> 
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> Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2000 07:18:30 -0500
> To: efouch
> Cc: hist-brewing at pbm.com
> From: toddlintown at mediaone.net
> Sender: owner-hist-brewing at rt.com
> 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.
> 
> Bob
> 
> 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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