I am a food cart owner and I have some questions about mobile setups. I have a brand new food cart (havent used it yet and I want to make my own brand of soda. I want to give both Coke and Pepsi the boot. I know I have to sell it from the time being until I can get my own flavors to introduce. I was also approved to make my own soda and sell it by my local health department.
Set up: Here is what I think I know
Things needed: Co2, Water, electricity, carbonator, syrup, syrup pump (co2 powered and (some sort of dispenser)
Because I dont have any electricity, I want to bypass the carbonator (requiring electricity).
The equipment I have so far.
5 gallon corny kegs, Cornelius 7 pass cold plate ice bin, 5lb Co2 tank. I want to make a post drink system.
Draw back. I have no way to keep the 5 gallon kegs cold when out on the street. Here is why I say this.
Normally, water will come out of the tap at around 40~50 degrees
go through a filter, go into a carbonating machine (maybe through a cold plate system) and into a dispensing unit.
Problem #1 Even if I keg the carbonated water and get it to the desired carbonation level, I have no way of keeping this water at around 40~50 degrees.
Question 1: If I carbonate my water, will it keep the carbonation at 38 degrees as it would at 90 or 100 degrees if it is kept under pressure? I ask this because a soda can will keep its carbonation in its can even if it is hot.
I figured if I could carbonate my water, it would get rid of the need for a carbonating machine
My cold plate (15x 22) probably has around 15 ft of product tub inside the aluminum block. I cant see a way to bring down product temperature down from a hot ambient temp to the proper serving temp that fast, from a keg that is only going through 15 ft of product line. The only thing I can think of is to build a jockybox with the product running through 50 ft of stainless steel coil like beer dispensing.
Sorry for such a long first post.
Thank You in advance for reading through it.