This section is from the book "A Treatise On Beverages or The Complete Practical Bottler", by Charles Herman Sulz. Also available from Amazon: A Treatise On Beverages.
We intend to reflect on and call the carbonators' attention to those fraudulent extracts that are offered from time to time to the trade, and consisting in part or nearly entirely of capsicum, pretending to be a pure extract of ginger or ginger ale. The manufacturers of extracts are sometimes tempted by bottlers, who have the poorest conception of the ingredients or proper preparations of an extract of ginger, to prepare and sell them a "cheap stuff". They want a wagon load turned out from a pound package, and don't care whether the extract is satisfactory or not as long as they get it at reduced prices, and it serves their purposes in putting a ginger-ale beverage on the market, in which the ginger flavor is sometimes left entirely to the imagination of the consumer. Makers of first-class articles are discouraged. Their attempts to supply a superior grade of extracts are useless, because inferior goods command a sale. Grave errors have been committed on both sides, the manufacturer's as well as the carbonator's, and turning into a road that promises improvement is an absolute necessity. Before concluding this chapter on the ginger principles and their derivatives, we call the attention of the trade to those bare-faced fraudulent formulae and recipes, which are occasionally offered to the trade under all sorts of humbug advertisements, pretending sometimes to reduce the cost of making an "excellent" ginger ale to a minimum. We warn the bottlers' fraternity not to fall in with such an unscrupulous process. Not long ago a sample of such a "recipe" stuff, neatly bottled, capped and labelled, was handed to us for examination. We intend to expose such frauds to the trade, as the honest bottler is suffering from such dishonest and unscrupulous competitors, who reduce the profits of his honest labor to a minimum.