Originally Posted by Crazy8
Thanks much in advance for any help that might be given on this.
1. That makes sense, as I don't heat my ginger for ginger ale when I want a "spicer" ginger flavor. I don't know for sure, though!
2. Yes, longer in the fridge seems to really smooth it out and make the bubbles finer. I think it has to do with a couple of things- one is that more yeast falls out as sediment so the flavor and texture of the soda is better, and secondly c02 diffuses better in cold liquids so it seems like the carbonation is finer and the bubbles are smaller.
3. If it's carbing up, it's fermenting. That will indeed change the flavor of the soda. If it's a partially opened bottle, it will ferment quite a lot to fill the headspace with c02, so the flavor will change. If you want to preserve the flavor, it needs to go into the fridge. If you can't drink a big 2L bottle in a day, just like with storebought soda, it will go flat soon.
4. I don't use those things, so I don't know.