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Old 05-09-2013, 12:02 AM   #1
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Hello Everyone

I am a food cart owner and I have some questions about mobile setups. I have a brand new food cart (haven’t 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 don’t 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 (15”x 22”) probably has around 15 ft of product tub inside the aluminum block. I can’t 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.


Any Ideas?
Sorry for such a long first post.
Thank You in advance for reading through it.

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Old 05-11-2013, 06:31 PM   #2
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How about building a peptide cooler box? It would be able to run off battery, I'd bet you could get a good 10 hours or more off a golf cart battery. I don't have the links handy now but if you search the forums here for peltier cooler chamber you can find some builds. Should be able to keep it 30-40 below ambient, plus with your cold plate should equal cold tasty soda!

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Okay just saw this, stupid autocorrect. PELTIER cooler. Sorry about that.

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Use the corny kegs the way they were originally used, mix your syrup and carbonated soda water back at your kitchen so that the kegs contain ready to serve pre-mixed soda. Then serve through your iced cold plate - no need to keep the kegs cold. No power or water required on site.

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