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Old 07-18-2011, 04:42 PM   #21
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cause the money is in the packaging. I have seen Jager chill taps with like three bottles lined up. I've also seen the generic energy drink soda gun used before too. People pay more for the name and the label.

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Old 07-18-2011, 08:19 PM   #22
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So what would be the best way to add more caffeine to a homebrewed version of Red Bull?

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Hear me out, not a typical beer thread...

I'm a Red Bull addict, but I simply cannot afford to buy 12 oz cans of Red Bull for $2.49 every day. So, I looked around for cheaper alternatives and discovered SodaStream:

http://www.sodastreamusa.com/store.aspx?gclid=CPjcuvi-iaoCFUFx4Aod5QLyzg

They have all sorts of soda syrups, including an "energy" syrup, comparable to red bull for $6.99, that will create up to 12 liters of the stuff. So, I thought, hey I have a corney keg system and don't need their carbonator, just the syrup.

So, I mixed 11.5 liters of water with 1 red bull syrup bottle and hooked it to my CO2 system. Voila! Tastes almost identical, and is a twentieth of the price.

Just thought I'd put this out there for any other homebrewers who also love red bull
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:09 PM   #25
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My BBB didnt have the Energy syrup in store, I would have had to order it. I picked up one of the Diet Fountain Mist (Mountain Dew), and will give it a shot on a 20 oz bottle and carbonator cap tonight.

Am I looking at similar oxygenation issues as I would with beer? Should I purge the bottle of O2 prior to filling?

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My BBB didnt have the Energy syrup in store, I would have had to order it. I picked up one of the Diet Fountain Mist (Mountain Dew), and will give it a shot on a 20 oz bottle and carbonator cap tonight.

Am I looking at similar oxygenation issues as I would with beer? Should I purge the bottle of O2 prior to filling?
when i use a carbonation cap i fill to just above the where the curve starts and squeeze the bottle til the liquid reaches the top. This both purges the o2 and gives room for the co2 to enter and have some headspace.
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when i use a carbonation cap i fill to just above the where the curve starts and squeeze the bottle til the liquid reaches the top. This both purges the o2 and gives room for the co2 to enter and have some headspace.
Duh, thats an incredibly simple solution! Thanks, I feel dumb for not thinking of that before.
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OP and I think alike...I have always wondered why red bull doesn't provide kegs of their product to bars. Even if you don't like energy drinks or mixing them with alcohol, Red Bull Vodkas, Jager Bombs, etc are HUGEEEEEEE sellers in the bars around my college. But they are so damn expensive. I have always wondered why they don't distribute kegs of red bull to bars to keep prices down!
Why would Red Bull fix something that isn't broken? If they are already HUGE sellers, why make them cheaper?

Cost has a lot to do with branding and I don't see them making their product cheaper to sell a little more. They are already killing the market.

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I might need to try this out. My roommate filled a keg with 2-liters of Dr. Pepper. This might be easier and cheaper. Hoping the taste is up to par.

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Am I looking at similar oxygenation issues as I would with beer? Should I purge the bottle of O2 prior to filling?

Kinda wondered that myself, so I purged my keg with CO2 to be in the safe side. I also sanitized it beforehand, just as with a beer, though I don't know that bacteria would even like fake sugar, lol.
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