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Carbonated Homemade Sassafras Love Potion

Ingredients including Sassafras, cherry bark, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, cane sugar and vanilla cured together with love for days and served chilled - what else could this be other than a love potion?

Root Beer of course! And no fancy forced carbonation equipment is needed. But first, an explanation of sorts is needed on the ingredient list.


I have come to find that Sassafras is illegal to sell in the United States. The main ingredient in Sassafras oil is Safrole - a chemical that has been determined to be mildly carcinogenic by the Food and Drug Administration. Bugger.

Safrole can be removed from Sassafras root oils - but it requires specialized equipment and stringent processing. Not something the average home soda maker can do. The alternative is, processed concentrate :P


Yes, by entering this - I am saying you could win my heart with a bottle of root beer (or even better, home made ginger ale).
 
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Step 1: Ingredients and Materials

Picture of Ingredients and Materials
Sterilized 2l bottle
Funnel
1 Cup Cane Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Yeast
Filtered Water
1 tablespoon Root Beer Concentrate


Sterilization
Fill your bottle half way and then add about a quarter cup of chlorine bleach. Then fill the bottle with water to the top. Cap and allow to rest on its side for about fifteen minutes. Afterwards, rinse well.

Step 2: Add Ingredients

Using the Funnel

1. Add Sugar
2. Add Yeast and mix evenly

3. Add 1 Tablespoon of Root Beer Concentrate
4. Fill bottle halfway with cool water and rinse measuring spoon/funnel (concentrate is sticky)

Now cap the bottle and shake well

5. Fill the remaining space in the bottle with water.

Cap again and shake again.
calmlunch2 days ago

super

sheepbars4 days ago

The main ingredient in Sassafras oil is Safrole - a chemical that has been determined to be mildly carcinogenic by the Food and Drug Administration. Bugger.

Its beneficial

The main ingredient in Sassafras oil is Safrole - a chemical that has been determined to be mildly carcinogenic by the Food and Drug Administration. Bugger.

clickyummy1 month ago

nice

bearblue1 month ago

super

chimplost3 months ago

The unfortunate thing about Safrole is that it's useful in MDMA manufacture.

steveazhocar4 months ago
The unfortunate thing about Safrole is that it's useful in MDMA manufacture.
regaltaxlaw4 months ago
You can omit the yeast & use club soda instead of water. No Alcohol
clickworried7 months ago
The unfortunate thing about Safrole is that it's useful in MDMA manufacture.
My Diet Area8 months ago
The main ingredient in Sassafras oil is Safrole - a chemical that has been determined to be mildly carcinogenic by the Food and Drug Administration. Bugger.
dub28012 years ago
after its finished and you drink it should it be fizzy????
dkiehl3 years ago
You can omit the yeast & use club soda instead of water. No Alcohol
yav7 years ago
how I can get sassafras ?
trebuchet03 (author)  yav7 years ago
From the introduction:

I have come to find that Sassafras is illegal to sell in the United States. The main ingredient in Sassafras oil is Safrole - a chemical that has been determined to be mildly carcinogenic by the Food and Drug Administration. Bugger.

Safrole can be removed from Sassafras root oils - but it requires specialized equipment and stringent processing. Not something the average home soda maker can do. The alternative is, processed concentrate :P

Outside of the US, I don't know.
I'd say the link between Safrole and cancer is weak. I'd say this is junk science even.

The unfortunate thing about Safrole is that it's useful in MDMA manufacture. Junk science is merely the easy way to remove a precursor from the marketplace, your root beer be damned.

I personally have no issues with making my own homemade Sassafras tea, except for the medical side effects I experience from chewing on even a twig.
trebuchet03 (author)  kill-a-watt3 years ago
Didn't know it could be used to make Ecstasy.

Who could have guessed an ingredient for making Ecstasy could be harmful to one's health...  


http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6T6P-3X9415Y-3&_user=10&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=8ec1ea8630ab130def74241535d2fc11
 - curse those FDA meddling Taiwanese!
cool, now search for "Avastin" and "death panels" ;-)
trebuchet03 (author)  kill-a-watt3 years ago
High toxicity AND clinically insignificant change in survivability. At least someone is finally doing their job and pulling it.

Only junk science would say such a small decrease or increase in survivability is meaningful - screw you FDA for passing this in the first place.

How much did that stuff cost anyway (and how much was made in the 2 years it was out)?
My understanding is that while Avastin doesn't save lives, for a small segment of the population it adds months or years of extra living. It just works very well for some people. on average, however, it's not very effective and has issues and side effects in many people.

trebuchet03 (author)  kill-a-watt3 years ago
Hmm....

If it's not repeatable, it's not science.

Let pharma go back to research and figure out why. Not until you know "why" can we address "how."

The internet seems to be full of claims of causality.
Nonsense, there's many examples of drugs that only work sometimes on some people and have unmanageable side effects when used on others. Personally, I can't handle the side effects of Claritin-D, but it's a godsend to many people.

The best parallel I can think of is AZT. A breakthrough, the very first drug approved to fight HIV, the drug still has serious side effects and was fiendishly expensive.

Since the patent expired, there are now several generic forms of AZT.
trebuchet03 (author)  kill-a-watt3 years ago
A median less than 3 months is not clinically significant except in circles of junk science.
yet it's approved for other uses, just not for breast cancer in the US. So it will be available (off-label and off-universal healthcare coverage) for anyone able to afford it.

I'm surprised at your complete unshaken faith in the FDA. You're certain that they are 100% benevolent?
trebuchet03 (author)  kill-a-watt3 years ago
Those that believe in junk science can pay for it.
I can't read the rest of the study. Are they feeding a reasonable amount that would indicate a reasonable exposure level in humans? Would two cups of strong tea per day be a significant risk?

I ask this because I understand that if you cram enough saccharine through a rat in the lab it might just develop cancer.

I've also failed to see the government act to stamp out the harmful practice of slow cooking pork while it is waifing in deadly hardwood smoke. (Ban anything that could be used to make a smoker, and have strict limits on the amount of Boston Butt one could buy. Check ID and make people sign their names in books that are forwarded to the police!)

Clearly there are what most people would say were appropriate reactions to risk factors, and then there are unreasonable freedom restricting policies in place designed to fight the war on (some) drugs. I think of the latter whenever I'm using my (no longer sold) iodine water purification kit in the backcountry.
Gravquian yav3 years ago
Hey'ya,

I'm from an (IL.) area not far from Vincennes (IN.). Sassafras trees are common here. But some do not like to boil the roots { why ??? }.

One alternative in our area is "Pappy's Sassafras (concentrate) Instant Tea". Sold at our local I.G.A. food-chain. A 12oz (355ml) bottle is ruffly $4US. The last bottle I bought had UPC code 0-76299-10012-7. Via; H&K Products Inc, 10246 Road P, Columbus Grove, Ohio, 45830 { phone: 419-659-5110 }. They also have a website; www.sassafrastea.com, you might visit. No, I am not an agent for either of those companies. I just really enjoy my hot (honey sweetend) tea. The tea can also be "infused' to make candy (think Horehound, or root-beer), jelly / jam, or other stuff.

Hope this was helpful. Best wishes to all.
harley_rly yav4 years ago
i know u asked 2 years ago but i have an answer...just look at the comment i posted at the top, i enjoy sassafras tea, and every spring go harvest enough sassfras root(not from the same tree, i wanna keep em alive)to last me through out most the year...but u do wanna harvest em in the spring
Wolfram5 years ago
I am Muslim. How can I avoid the alchahol thingy?
sabetts Wolfram3 years ago
Unfortunately for you, yeast turns sugar into CO2 and alcohol. There's just no way of getting around that. The amount of alcohol is minimal if that makes a difference for you. You can always get a tank of CO2, a regulator, and a carbonation cap and force carbonate it. But that sorta takes the fun out of it and its expensive. Good luck!
Zem4 years ago
 So, is there enough alcohol in it to make it "alcoholic"? Or can I, being 14, drink it? :)
sabetts Zem3 years ago
There will be very little alcohol in it. Maybe at most 0.5%.
Bisco7 years ago
do you konw how to do this with acual sasafrass it grows wild around here and i have no clue what i can do with it other then chewin on the leaves. im guessing i would use the roots for "root"beer thoguh huh?
i know this is an old comment, but if ur still wonderin.... 1⁄4 oz. dried sassafras root bark, 1⁄4 oz. dried birch bark, 1⁄4 oz. dried sarsaparilla root, 1⁄8 oz. dried licorice root, a 1" piece unpeeled thinly sliced fresh ginger, 1 split vanilla bean, 2 qts. water How to make the Root Beer Place all above ingredients into a medium pot and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, cover, and let steep for 2 hours. Strain root-infused liquid through a cheesecloth-lined sieve into a plastic container that has been washed well with hot, soapy water. (Discard solids.) follow the instructions given in the instructable to finish...this will just take the place of the rootbeer extract
trebuchet03 (author)  Bisco7 years ago
To be honest, I don't know. After I found out that it was illegal to buy - I stopped reading and looked for alternatives :P You probably can find information by doing a google search -- but do keep in mind that it is carcinogenic :/
doesnt that root beer concentrate have alcohol in it
trebuchet03 (author)  invisiblelight3865 years ago
Potentially... I have orange extract that does have alcohol... But that doesn't mean minors can't buy it... Nor is it intoxicating - for those that have alcohol exclusion clauses in their religion (if you're that anal about it - oranges have a small amount of alcohol in them... so I've just ruined oranges for you :p) ;) Well, it would be intoxicating if you drank enough - but you'll throw up before that happens.
i went through my spice box and fridge and found that lots of flavorings have alcohol in them, like: vanilla extract 38%, strawberry extract 42%, pineapple extract 35%, and mint extract with 89% alcohol.
yeah, its just a byproduct of the extracting process(or so i heard)but the alcohol evaporates during cooking...and if tasted plain its extremely bitter(trust me)thats why its sold to minors anyways
harley_rly4 years ago
i dont know if sassafras trees grow in florida but i know they grow sumwhere in alabama where my brother was workin once, and here in oklahoma,we have sassafras trees growin everywhere...if u live here in northeastern oklahoma next spring in bout march or april look at the trees along the roadside, if u see sum covered with yellow flowers its prolly a sassafras tree(but make sure u get a picture of the trees flowers to positively identify it)and u can dig the roots up and dry em out to make sassafras tea(ill soon make an instructible on it)...or the better known, rootbeer.
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