Host Your Own Taste Test Party
Jan16

Host Your Own Taste Test Party

Host Your Own Taste Test Pary Word is spreading! Remember my Root Beer Taste Test video? Sure you do, you are likely the ones who watched it, liked it, and ultimately shared it with your friends. Thank you. I get absolutely nothing from all your generous sharing except the satisfaction that a few of you appreciate my blog and/or videos. Recently a friend of mine posted the photo and comment on the right to their facebook. She saw my video and thought, “I want to try that!” So she invited a bunch of friends over and they taste tested several varieties and crowned winners and losers. I love that people are trying this themselves because I know they will have a load of fun with it, just like I did. So with this very short blog post I invite you to host your own taste test party as well. Spend 10 bucks or so on different root beers and conduct your own taste test with your family or friends. Then, report back to me with your experience. I want to know how it went and who your winners and losers were. Thanks again for your support and for...

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Root Beer Video BONUS FOOTAGE
Nov26

Root Beer Video BONUS FOOTAGE

Root Beer Video Bonus Footage As with all the videos I have made there is a lot of footage that just doesn’t make the final cut. This particular conversation was just too good to be lost to history completly. We talk about an array of subjects ranging from our thoughts on how Bundaberg might actually be better than Jones root beer, Joe Cocker, Micheal Buble, and what licorice actually is. Check it out and share it with your...

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Root Beer Taste Test Video
Nov12

Root Beer Taste Test Video

Root Beer Taste Test Video Which root beer is best? It’s funny you ask because I just happen to have made a video to determine just that. My good friend Eric Johnson and I recently did a blind root beer taste test of 12 different brands and gave our opinions on which is best. These taste tests are so much fun and so interesting, not to mention difficult. I am surprised every time by the results. Root beers included in the taste test were: A&W, Barq’s, Brigham’s Brew, Bundaburg, Dad’s, Henry Weinhard’s, IBC, Jones, Mug, Shasta, Stewarts, & Virgil’s. Do me a favor and watch it, like it, subscribe to my youtube channel, and share this video with all your friends on social media to help spread the word. Enjoy!  ...

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The Unholy Root Beer Mugs
Jul02

The Unholy Root Beer Mugs

The Unholy Root Beer Mugs I think I’d like to tell a little story today. As you know I’m a bit obsessed with burgers and root beer. Truthfully, my love of burgers has developed much more recently than my love of root beer. I remember back yard BBQ dinners with my family and seeing a big cooler filled with homemade root beer and dry ice fog seeping from the seams of the lid. I was just a little boy but I’ve always loved root beer. But my love for this seductive soda lead me to a life  crime, yes, crime. I admit to all of you out there, some of whom hold me in high respect, that I am a  thief. To my close friends it probably isn’t an enormous surprise since I’ve always had slight inclinations to kleptomania. I don’t have a basement full of blue ray players or anything but if I see something, usually food, that could in any way be free, I take it. It’s as if I am constantly worried that I will starve to death. My wife thinks it is because I come from a family of 9 children and I had to fight for my food, and she might be onto something. In my household there was a lot of licking your food to announce ownership throughout my childhood, so obviously I have food possession issues. Now this might not seem very criminal or even important to you, but be warned that if I am in your home and there is anything that resembles food that is in a bowl of some kind, I’m going to eat that food, all of it. Be it peanuts, stale chex mix, pretzels, or cough drops; in my mind anything that is touching open air is free game and I now own it. This mindset probably isn’t healthy but that’s how I have always been programmed. But in fairness this doesn’t get me into too much trouble as no one seems to be possessive over their finger food as I am, so it usually doesn’t cause any kind of offense. But this survival technique of mine lead me to my most heinous heist that occurred at an A&W restaurant when I was a Junior in High School. My Drama class took a trip to St. George, Utah for some kind of acting workshop and one night a group of us kids walked to an A&W and ordered food. I had never eaten at an A&W and was told that since it was my first visit that I should order one of their tall frosted mugs of root beer, so I did, and...

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Root Beer Update: The CO2 Tank
May21

Root Beer Update: The CO2 Tank

Root Beer Update: The CO2 Tank I finally have some updates to my root beer project! This hobby of mine has been evolving steadily, though not so much as to be able to write much about, until now. Enough time has passed and enough has happened for me to give an update that may be of interest to you all. First off, let me say the my wife is very tolerant of my hobbies. I don’t know what it is, maybe it’s a guy thing, but I have this uncontrollable need to have some sort of hobby or string of activities to keep me busy in the warm months. She doesn’t seem to need as many hobbies as I do, maybe I just have a  shorter attention span. Whitney is content with a few big hobbies like: cooking, cancer charity projects, and volunteering (wow, my wife is a really good person). I have many smaller hobbies (many of which aren’t actually hobbies) like: water bottle rockets, making various efficient contraptions out of discarded wood, yard work, root beer, burgers, and various artsy projects (I’m gonna start making a costume for comic con… Stay tuned). Wow, I am not nearly as giving as Whit is. Anyway, a while back we had a yard sale and I used about half of the earnings to invest in some more equipment. I found a really good deal on a keg, a few dozen glass bottles, a plastic carboy, a bottle capper and most importantly a CO2 tank. With the CO2 tank I can carbonate my soda without any yeast. It’s great, it adds a taste of its own but nothing as strong as yeast. I even made some homemade draft caps and rigged a pump chuck on the end of the CO2 tank so I can carbonate drinks in 2 liter bottles rather than an entire 5 gallon keg full. You can buy special caps for the same purpost at $15-$20 a piece but this homemade version cost about $1.50 per bottle cap. Cheaper is sometimes better. I did make one large 3 gallon batch in the keg for a family BBQ. It turned out great though I don’t have space in my fridge for a 5 gallon keg so I just put it in a bucket and filled it with ice to keep it cool. It worked, though not as well as I had hoped. It was fun to have a working keg at the party even thou the young kids didn’t quite understand the concept of making sure the tap was completely closed off after filling there cups. We ended up with a giant puddle, but...

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Root Beer Recipe
Apr09

Root Beer Recipe

Homemade Root Beer Recipe What goes better with a burger than a chilled glass of root beer? I contend; nothing. So why not make it your own personal favorite root beer at half the cost of the store bought stuff? Sounds like a win win right? It is, and it’s almost as simple as making Kool Aid. I’ve made considerable improvements to my homemade root beer. If you’re up to date with me you’ll know that my first attempt was failure and ended up tasting like pure yeast, but after much trial and error and being misguided by nearly everyone else on the internet who uses this particular method I have found a balance that tastes very good and that isn’t overly yeasty. And it makes a good float as well. This recipe is extremely simple and can be tweaked with different ingredients. I’ve tried several since we last talked about root beer and this is the way I prefer it. Here’s what you’ll need: A funnel A two liter soda bottle (empty, duh) 3/4 Cup sugar 1/4 Cup honey I T root beer extract 1/16 tsp of brewing yeast         1.  Before you do anything, boil 2 liters of water and place it somewhere to cool for a while. (Boiling the water will remove the chlorine, which is good because chlorine and yeast don’t get along. It’s not a huge deal if you don’t boil the water but the finished product will be less contaminated if you do.)          2.  With the aid of your handy funnel, add the sugar and honey to the empty soda bottle. (I like to add a little honey because it thickens the soda a bit. Also, Honey can be substituted for sugar straight across, but only up to 1 cup, after that it will taste overly honey-y. You can use 1 cup of sugar and omit honey altogether if you like or vice versa, whatever. Also, you can use any type or mixture of sweetener you like)         3.  Get your brewing yeast and put it in a cup with a small amount of boiled/cooled water. Set it aside, you’ll need it a bit later. (Water MUST be below 90 degrees Fahrenheit) (Yeast will die a painful and pointless death above temperatures of about 90 degrees Fahrenheit so make sure that your water has cooled before adding the yeast or your soda will be flat. Be warned that nearly all the other recipes out there will tell you to add 1/4 tsp of yeast per two liter bottle of root beer mixture. These recipes were written by...

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