Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login


Submitted on
May 5, 2011
Image Size
815 KB


54 (who?)


Creative Commons License
Some rights reserved. This work is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.
Sunset sarsaparilla pre-sized by emptysamurai Sunset sarsaparilla pre-sized by emptysamurai
Due to requests I have sized these for standard american 12 oz. beer bottles. Enjoy...

Sunset Sarsaparilla

5 gallons, partial mash

•2 lbs. crushed mild ale malt
•1 lb. dark crystal malt, 120° Lovibond
•0.25 lb. black malt
•0.25 lb. chocolate malt
•3 lbs. unhopped dark dry malt extract
•0.5 lb. dark unsulphured molasses
•4 oz. maltodextrin powder
•1 oz. Cluster hop pellets (7% alpha acid), for 60 min.
•0.5 oz. sassafras bark
•0.5 oz. sarsaparilla bark
•1 oz. dried wintergreen leaves
•0.5 oz. shredded licorice root
•pinch sweet gale (optional)
•pinch star anise (optional)
•pinch mace (optional)
•pinch coriander (optional)
•dash black cherry juice (optional)
•10 to 14 g. dry ale yeast
•2 oz. lactose powder
•7/8 cup corn sugar
•0.5 cup spice tea (pinch wintergreen, sarsaparilla, licorice root)
•corn sugar for priming

Step by Step:

In 1 gal. water mash crystal, black, chocolate, and mild ale malts at 155° F for 60 minutes. Sparge with 1.5 gals. at 170° F. Add 1 gal. water to kettle and bring to a boil. Add dark dry malt, maltodextrin, and molasses. Stir well to avoid scorching. Add Cluster hops and boil 60 minutes. At kettle knockout steep your spice combination (in a mesh bag) as wort cools. Pour into fermenter and top up to 5.25 gals. Cool to 75° F and pitch ale yeast. Ferment seven to 10 days at about 70° F, rack to secondary, and condition at 60° F for two weeks. Prime with corn sugar, add strained spice tea (1/2 cup boiling water over spices for at least a half hour), and bottle. Age two to three weeks cool (55° F).

Alternatives and Options:

Non-alcoholic creamy version: Instead of fermenting the wort, cool to 75° F, substitute 5 to 7 g. dry champagne yeast for the ale yeast, and bottle immediately. Store at 70° F for two or three days, then refrigerate. Follow these instructions exactly, otherwise you risk exploding bottles. You may also use ale yeast, which is somewhat safer because it will not continue to ferment in cold temperatures. However, the bubbles will not have that fine champagne quality. A safer way to carbonate: Get a CO2 system and either put your root beer in 5-gal. soda kegs (force carbonated) or get Carbonater-brand couplings and bottle in 2-liter PET bottles (force carbonated at 25 to 28 psi, chilled and shaken well).
Add a Comment:
SPARTAN-919 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Is  it possible to get the neck ribbon in a banana shape, the bottle I'm using doesn't have a flat part on the neck, an  I can't get it to sit right
emptysamurai Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Professional Artist
I have one like that somewhere around here....
SPARTAN-919 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
it must not have uploaded, or some other problem, because i looked through your fallout props section, and it wasnt there...
emptysamurai Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Professional Artist
lol. I meant on my computer. I'll post it as soon as I get a chance. busy working on wasteland weekend gear right now. this 24 foot dome tent is kicking my ass. it'll be worth it to have an enormous portable post apoc saloon though.
SPARTAN-919 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
Just saying, oh hell yeah, post lots of pics, I gotta see that. Send me a message, or reply to my comment or something, when the new label is posted, thanks, and a question of your preference, if I were to feature your work in a YouTube demonstration of some props that I have made, do you want to be credited, how would you want to be credited, and would you mind if this was done? Noncommercial of course.
emptysamurai Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Artist
I would prefer to be credited with designing the labels on anything I designed. will take plenty of pictures at wasteland weekend. I lead the Crimson Caravan so there will be photos of half naked burlesque dancers, caravan guards, the legion members of legio x as they come by to drink with a great khan, etc.
SPARTAN-919 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
Alright, do you want a link posted to your page here? Or is saying your username enough?
emptysamurai Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Professional Artist
a link will suffice
(1 Reply)
Agmenis Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work man !
emptysamurai Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional Artist
Thanks, I try.
Add a Comment: