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Old 09-19-2012, 07:03 AM   #1
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Hey there,

Haven't been posting in a while ever since I have been enjoying my wonderful yet simple carbonation system which consists of a co2 tank, an adapter and a metal carbonation cap.

I'd figure I would do an updated thread and first off thank Kevin for his help in the post process of setup up. I have a friend who just opened up a Restaurant here in Oshawa and was very nice of him to give me a bag of Coke straight from the manufacturer where he buys from.

I know here in Canada is not like the U.S where you can walk into a Costco and pick up a bag of your favorite name brand syrup bag and off you go, here it's more of "who you know" type of deal. Anyways as fortunate as I am receiving this wonderful bag of syrup I wanted to ask on this thread how much is needed to properly give the right amount of flavor to my carbonated water?

The only 2 things I can work off is either (a) Same method of calculations that from the SodaStream instructions and (b)Pour tbsp at a time until I get the right texture.

Can anyone tell me from experience what the suggested dose is per Litre, thank you.

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Old 09-19-2012, 04:52 PM   #2
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The 5 gallon bags that are used in the US are mixed at a 1:5 ratio with carbonated water (so a 5 gallon bag would make 30 gallons). So to make 1 liter of soda you would need 167 mL of syrup and 833 mL of carbonated water. (Although of course you could also make several bottles with different ratios and see what you like best. But 1:5 is standard.)

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Thank you!!

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Wait a second, would a 1:5 ratio mean that a 5 gallon bag would make 25 gallons of pop? and not 30? 5*5=25... how did you get the extra 5 gallons in there with a 1:5 ratio? thanks

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The water

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I think he means 25 gallons of carbonated water plus 5 gallons of syrup = 30 gallons of soda

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Yeah, it's 1:5, not 1/5. Meaning for every 1 measure of syrup you need 5 measures of water.

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Gotcha, thanks

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Also, since you asked this question on a homebrew forum, it's probably worth mentioning that soda is usually carbonated to a higher level than beer. If you've force-carbonated beer before you know that you generally aim for 2 or 2.5 volumes of CO2, depending on preference and beer style. Soda is usually carbonated to 3 or 4 volumes. You can look up the required CO2 pressure for a given temperature and desired CO2 volumes using a chart like this: http://www.kegerators.com/carbonation-table.php

It sounds like you're pressurizing directly in the bottles, but if you have a draft setup you'll also want to use a longer length of tubing for soda than for beer, due to the increased pressure. (If you use the same length, the pressure of the liquid will drop too quickly and you'll get foaming.)

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Thanks but this chart is for beer, right now atm I am only considering doing soda for now. Thanks though I guess a chart for soda isn't needed?

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