I've tried to make root beer a number of times. I just finished making the wort with this recipe. After all my attepmts... this one seems like it will be the winner. I did a little taste test while pouring it into the glass carboy. It was very nice and the aroma is wonderful. I added a half a cup extra sugar because I tend to like it a bit sweeter. I strongly suggest using the vanilla bean as suggested and not vanilla extract. They are nothing alike and the true vanilla bean gives it a wonderful, hearty aspect.