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Old 08-24-2010, 04:41 AM   #1
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Default Coca-Cola Pre-Mix Question

So I recently scored a pallet of Coca-Cola pin-lock kegs. I picked them up directly from the distributor. Anyway, while I was letting the gas out of all of them, I noticed one of the kegs was still half full (or half empty...depending on how you look at it).

My question is, can I put the keg under pressure and drink it? If so, what pressure and how long of a line do I need to use? I've never done a soda before, but plan on trying it out. Just thought it would be nice to have some Coke on tap since I had it anyway.

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Soda is usually carbed around 30psi or so, but that keg is more than likely filled with coke syrup and it's gonna have to be diluted. I have no idea what the ratio is for that or if that stuff is still good.

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Actually, the tab on the keg said it was pre-mixed and the expiration date wasn't for another year.

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I think that in most areas, corny kegs haven't been used in a LONG time. I wouldn't be surprised if that pallet of kegs might have been sitting in the back of a warehouse for years.

edit: typed too slow. If the date says it's still good, give it a taste and see!

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Well then cool it down hit it with at least 30psi for a few days and see what you end up with. Keep in mind that running soda through your lines usually means they need to be replace before you use that keg for beer. Sometimes the smell and aroma of the soda can't be washed out of the lines no matter how hard you try.

What conditions were the keg stored under? I'd be a little leery if it wasn't kept cold the whole time, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't try to re-carb it and give it a taste.

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I worked for Coke right out of High School. To Coca Cola people, "Pre Mix" is the route. Some trucks go to convenience stores, some to super markets. The "Pre Mix" routes had only kegs on their trucks, went to restaurants, movie theaters, anywhere that "Pre Mix" was sold.

The cheap managers would have more water than syrup. I don't know how you can mix it though, I loaded trucks, never put the systems together. I worked at a burger joint and remember opening the kegs to fill the "syrup tanks" as we called them.

Syrup tanks is what your kegs used to be. Same gadget using a different name.

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Well, since you're going to force carb, maybe you can just add water to the keg, shake it good to mix it and then try serving it through a cobra tap? That way you won't pollute your beer lines and taps with soda.

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Well then cool it down hit it with at least 30psi for a few days and see what you end up with. Keep in mind that running soda through your lines usually means they need to be replace before you use that keg for beer. Sometimes the smell and aroma of the soda can't be washed out of the lines no matter how hard you try.

What conditions were the keg stored under? I'd be a little leery if it wasn't kept cold the whole time, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't try to re-carb it and give it a taste.
Soda kegs aren't typically kept cold. Cold comes from cold plates.


Also, I know of several small restaurants and c-stores that still use kegs.
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I do remember something else. We would clean those taps, plastic nozzle would come off. Around the edge of the inside of the nozzle is where the carbonated water flowed, inside the plastic nozzle is where the syrup would flow. This is the reason (I can't remember why) they called it "Pre Mix." The soda was always cold out of the tap, even though none of the equipment or lines were refrigerated.

I would go with something along the lines of carbonated water in a glass, then a couple of tablespoons of syrup until you find a happy concentration.

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I worked for Coke right out of High School. To Coca Cola people, "Pre Mix" is the route. Some trucks go to convenience stores, some to super markets. The "Pre Mix" routes had only kegs on their trucks, went to restaurants, movie theaters, anywhere that "Pre Mix" was sold.

Yes the product in there is syrup. It is somehow mixed with Carbonated water that is adjustable. The cheap managers would have more water than syrup. I don't know how you can mix it though, I loaded trucks, never put the systems together. I worked at a burger joint and remember opening the kegs to fill the "syrup tanks" as we called them.

Syrup tanks is what your kegs used to be. Same gadget using a different name.
Pre-mix is the exact same product that is bottled. It is not syrup. Soda kegs were/are used in some post-mix systems though, depends on the fountain.
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