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Old 04-26-2011, 11:56 PM   #21
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Just to throw in my 2 cents. But 5 gallons of 5 to 1 syrup would make 35 gallons of finished soda. You can't forget the syrup starts out with 5 gal and you add 30 gal of water to that.
Damn crazy Irish and their crazy math
5:1 would end up with 30 gallons of soda = 5 gallons syrup + 5 x 5 (=25) gallons of water. Not that it matters much, might actually taste a bit better not so strong
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Old 04-27-2011, 12:13 AM   #22
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I used to work for coke installing post mix systems. You have to think of it as parts. You indeed one part of syrup to 5 parts of soda. So 1 + 5 =6 that means for every gallon of syrup you get 6 gallons of finished soda. So if you put a gallon of syrup in a 5 gallon kwg with 4 gallons of water it is going to be really sweet. Really almost undrinkable really.

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I used to work for coke installing post mix systems. You have to think of it as parts. You indeed one part of syrup to 5 parts of soda. So 1 + 5 =6 that means for every gallon of syrup you get 6 gallons of finished soda. So if you put a gallon of syrup in a 5 gallon kwg with 4 gallons of water it is going to be really sweet. Really almost undrinkable really.
If you want to do 5 gallon kegs, just do .83 gallon Syrup to 4.17 gallon Water... that should get you close enough.
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Old 04-27-2011, 12:32 AM   #24
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I used to work for coke installing post mix systems. You have to think of it as parts. You indeed one part of syrup to 5 parts of soda. So 1 + 5 =6 that means for every gallon of syrup you get 6 gallons of finished soda.
so you would get 30 gallons from 5 gallons of syrup, right?

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So if you put a gallon of syrup in a 5 gallon kwg with 4 gallons of water it is going to be really sweet. Really almost undrinkable really.
I agree, if you put 1 gallon in to make 5 gallons of soda that would be a 1:4 ratio making it sickly sweet.

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If you want to do 5 gallon kegs, just do .83 gallon Syrup to 4.17 gallon Water... that should get you close enough.
Yep I would call that a 1:5 ratio. To make things easier why not 3 quarts/litres to 15 quarts/litres will get you just shy of 5 gallons.
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Yep I would call that a 1:5 ratio. To make things easier why not 3 quarts/litres to 15 quarts/litres will get you just shy of 5 gallons.
That would be a little easier to measure.
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Old 06-03-2011, 07:29 PM   #26
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I use Dublin Dr Pepper syrup, from the distributor in Dublin, TX. I mix 13 1/4 cups syrup in a 5 gallon keg and fill the rest with water. If I want it a bit sweeter I mix 13 1/2 cups of syrup in.

The 5 gallon BiB costs $75. I generally just drive there and pick it up. I believe shipping is $10, so $85 total. It will come to about $0.65/liter or $2.40/gallon. But I buy it more for taste then for the price point.

As for a clone recipe, like most modern sodas, many of the ingredients are hazardous and some toxic. Pure caffeine is one of those substances that is toxic in pure form. However the original recipe for Dr. Pepper is known (it did not contain caffeine):

1/10 Ounce Raspberry Vinegar (containing only 1/8 Minim of Absolute Acetic Acid)
1 Minim Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 Grains Citric Acid
1/16 of 1 Minim Oil of Almond free from Hydrocyanic Acid
3/8 of 1 Grain of Phosphoric Acid U. S. P.
Burnt Sugar (Caramel) Color - 10 Minims
Simple syrup Q. S. [Quantity Sufficient] for 1 ounce.

I would be careful of that phosphoric acid as well. While not harmful, in and of itself, it can corrode metal and create hydrogen gas (it is also used as a rust remover). And a minim is 1/480th of an ounce, or roughly a drop. Keep in mind this was originally an apothecary recipe (i.e. it was from a pharmacy).

Really it is much easier, and safer, to simply buy syrup and do premix in a Corney keg. It is, after all, the kegs original purpose anyway.

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Old 07-20-2011, 01:02 PM   #27
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My wife, originally from east TX, would LOVE it if I could mimic Dr. Pepper for her. She might even tolerate my homebrewing affliction a little more. Maybe.

I too have looked and my Google-fu has been too weak.

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I had an elderly neighbor who swore that Dr. Pepper was Honeysuckle syrup mixed with a cola base.

Thing is, I didn't know you could make/get Honeysuckle syrup.
YES! i just got the recipe....i love the smell of it! you can find on internet, i found by accident.
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YES! i just got the recipe....i love the smell of it! you can find on internet, i found by accident.
Do you mind sharing the web page and recipe?

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I may have to try some of the possible combinations of flavors. I would be looking for a beverage similiar to Dr. Pepper that lacks the preservatives. Once I've got that I'd want to try fermenting some to see what happens.

In any case it will give me something to do while I'm drinking some space for more brew to go.

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