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Originally posted by The Sword
reply to post by palg1
I'm trying to find a time that will work for my friends. Right now, June seems unlikely but there are possibilities.
A friend and I were talking years about about a "Brewstock" type of thing where people get together to brew all day and listen to great music..with beer sharing and camping.
I still think that could happen one day for real. It's a concept that might seem problematic at first (drinking, rowdy music fans) but with the right amount of planning and coordination, can succeed.
Originally posted by Druid42
reply to post by palg1
K, thanks, and much appreciated!
Prolly do a batch this weekend.....
Originally posted by shadow watcher
I too have a sassafras tree. I've often used the leaves in cooking and wanted to use the root forever, but never attempted it. The fear out there is liver damage in using real sassafras root. This is why the soda companies use substitute flavoring. This is what I've read at least. I suspect the use would have to be enormous to affect such damage. If you get a rootbeer recipe that is yeast free, I'd be open to use it. The yeast recipe I used (as mentioned before) did not go over so well.
The roots of sassafras can be steeped to make tea, and were used in the flavoring of traditional root beer until being banned for mass production by the FDA. Laboratory animals that were given oral doses of sassafras tea or sassafras oil that contained large doses of safrole developed permanent liver damage or various types of cancer. In humans, liver damage can take years to develop and it may not have obvious signs. Along with commercially available sarsaparilla, sassafras remains an ingredient in use among hobby or microbrew enthusiasts. In 1960, the FDA banned the use of sassafras oil and safrole in commercially mass-produced foods and drugs based on the animal studies and human case reports. Several years later, sassafras tea was banned, a ban that lasted until the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act in 1994. Sassafras root extracts which do not contain safrole or in which the safrole has been removed are permissible, and are still widely used commercially in teas and root beers. Sassafras tea can also be used as an anticoagulant.