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    • Ok thanks for the tips guys. PBS. Im a massive fan of SARs. Not really of root beer the flavor is too bland for me. I love dark beers aswell.. but in my head i imagine kind of the punch you get from a sour... but in sars form but still a beer hidden underneath if that makes sense.. this concept is what has driven me to start brewing.. but as you can probably tell i am quite a novice. And seeing as no one else has done it. You are probably right. Im at practicing on just brewing alco sars at the moment.. but once i do a few brews of this ill start with the masterplan. Thanks for the input guys.  Maybe its better to just use 1kg dry light malt and brew enhance in my sars kit next time.. this time i used brew enhancer and dextrose.
    • Couple of excellent Ales. I need a break from pales, and if I could brew something halfway (or even a 1/4)  as good as this from kits, I'd be stoked. Belhaven Scots ale. Big, rich, fruity, velvety soft mouth feel, malty, but with a good long bitter finish, so not cloying. Bishops Finger. Surprisingly, a very similar beer to the Belhaven. Lots of dried fruit, big rich flavour, but again a dry finish. Both just over 5%. These are great examples of top beer brewing. Big flavours, great mouthfeel, complexity, but everything pulled back for the finish, so it doesn't feel like a meal. Our craft market could do with more people doing stuff like this. Australia has an obsession with American style pale ales, and we've all drunk envelope-pushing mediocrity that's simply brewed to stand out from the pack. I've gone off trying all the new pales that come along, because I think we've hit diminishing returns a long time ago.
    • I've tried using Sarsaparilla Root with a Dark Ale (soaked in boiled water then added to the brew).  It showed up in a slight way but didn't inspire me enough to try a more concentrated add.
          Have also made Root Beer from a kit, which was okay if you are a fan of SARS.   If your kit is anything like the Root Beer kit I made, don't bother with trying to cross pollinate it with a normal beer recipe.  They are better as separate entities.  😉
    • I had some issues with my LHBS, I just could never trust that they were making up as I requested.  once I asked for say 90g of some darker crystal malt and they gave me 900g, milled  it all into the rest of the grain bill. Didn’t find out till I mashed in. Thought that’s a bit dark. Checked the receipt. Not winning! Think I gave them a cube of shitty wort for that one.
    • It might work better with a stout kit, those are usually more roasty than porters or dark ales.  The thing with dextrose or any form of sucrose is that it ferments out to nothing but alcohol so it won't contribute any real flavour and will make the beer quite thin bodied (watery), especially if you use 1.3-1.5kg of it. The sweetness in that kit would most likely be artificial. Malt doesn't completely ferment out so it gives a bit more body and some malt flavour/sweetness. 
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