Caffeine and gluten free. Contains instructions for both
regular and low-calorie versions. Just add water and sugar (or
sweetener), and a touch of yeast when you bottle for a refreshing
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10/11/2006 -- I'm interested in bottling my own soda, but for now am looking at the best way to go. I know you had mentioned in a previous question the yeast method or CO2 method. Both seem expensive and time consuming. Do these carbonation drop do the trick? Say for instance I add drop mix, some sugar, then a carbonation drop and fill with water and cap. Is that's all that's needed? How much sugar is in the drops? Is there a noticeable difference in taste? Also, would you stick to recommending corn sugar for soft drinks, or is cane sugar the better route, as the cidery taste is probably not there in soft drinks.
Response From The Home Brew Store Dot Com: The CO2 option can be expensive, even using the handheld charger in lieu of the CO2 tank and fittings.
The yeast method is actually very inexpensive, but time consuming as it requires you to very carefully slip a few grains of yeast into each bottle. This is different from carbonating beer, because with beer the yeast is already in solution and you are blending sugar for the yeast to feed on. If the sugar isn't blended evenly, the results aren't too far off. With the soda, it's exactly the opposite. The sugar is in solution and you have to introduce the yeast. You can't do it in the bottling bucket because you don't have enough yeast cells, and because you risk fermentation.
Adding the carbonation drops will not have any benefit. They are concentrated sugar, but with no yeast - so you still have to add yeast.
I recommend cane sugar for the soda pop. The cidery flavor in beer comes from the fermentation, which should not take place in a properly capped soda pop bottle.
1/19/2006 -- My local brew shop sold me a carboy and airlock to make rootbeer in. They didn't really know a lot about rootbeer making in general, and I have yet to see any instructions on using a carboy/airlock system. Will this way work? I'm thinking there will be no carbonation, but I'm not really sure how an air lock works.
Response From The Home Brew Store Dot Com: No, you do not need a carboy and airlock to make rootbeer. Using a soda pop extract in a carboy will allow fermentation, and you will wind up with a strange tasting alcoholic product.
The concept of making soft drinks is that you only allow enough fermentation to take place to carbonate the beverage without allowing enough to make alcohol. In order to do this, you would need a bottling bucket (large plastic bucket with a spigot), some siphon tubing, a bottle filler, bottles, and bottle caps.
You would mix the soda pop extract with water and sugar according to the instructions that come with the extract. Then add a pinch of champagne yeast to each bottle, and fill the bottles directly from the bucket. By capping them right away, you allow only enough fermentation to push carbon dioxide back into solution without producing any alcohol. Make sure you leave about 1 to 1-1/2 inches of air space in the top of the bottle when capping to allow for headspace, or the bottles may not carbonate correctly.
9/2/2005 -- Can you tell me how much and what type of sugar I need to make Pepsi Cola?
Response From The Home Brew Store Dot Com: Cola extracts can be blended with any basic sugar and water to make cola. Table sugar (beet or sugar cane) work best. Corn sugar is an acceptable substitute. You would need one pound of sugar for each gallon of cola.
4/22/2005 -- Do you have a kit for bottling soda pop? Do you have a 20-lb Co2 tank?
Response From The Home Brew Store Dot Com: We do have the equipment necessary to bottle soda pop. There are two ways to do it - through bottle conditioning (using yeast to carbonate the soda in the bottle) or force carbonation (using co2 to carbonate soda pop in the keg and bottle from the keg.) Bottling equipment for the first method runs about $25-$30 (bottling bucket, plastic hose with bottling wand, capper.) The bottling equipment for force carbonation is exactly the same as for beer - a co2 tank, cornelius keg, counterpressure bottle filler, hoses and connectors, and capper - total for all would be near $300.
We currently only carry the 5-pound co2 tank. However, I can ask our supplier about the availability of a 20-pound tank. In the past, we have generally recommended using a tank-exchange service (available at most propane/natural gas dealers) due to the expense of maintaining the tanks.
8/3/2004 -- Do you have the kind of yeast used to make root beer?
Response From The Home Brew Store Dot Com: Yes - we recommend champagne yeast. Don't worry... because you do not have a fermentation cycle prior to bottling, there is no/negligible alcohol in the soda pop.
6/6/2004 -- Can the natural fruit flavors be added to snow cones to make them taste like natural flavors?
Response From The Home Brew Store Dot Com: I don't see any reason why the natural flavors couldn't be used for that purpose. I wouldn't be exactly sure how much to use for the right balance of flavor, since each bottle is enough to flavor about 5 gallons of beer. I assume that by watering it down a bit, it would work okay. It would probably take some trial and error to get the flavor mix to where you'd want it.
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Sorry I don't have a better answer than that, but I may decide to try it now that you've brought it up. Hmmm... now that I think about it, I wonder if I could do the same thing with the soda pop extracts.....
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