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Flyboy718 04-26-2012 02:39 PM

Newbie Questions
 
So, I am wanting to make my own soda for our home and also to eventually put in some glass bottles and give as gifts. I have been doing quite a bit of reading and am sort of confused as to the many different ways to carb. I think I will mostly purchase extracts and/or flavoring and make drinks but I also want to eventually get to where I make soda from scratch. I just need to know what is the most cost effective way to carb what I make?

brockettbrews 04-26-2012 10:11 PM

i always carbonate in the bottle

Flyboy718 04-26-2012 10:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by brockettbrews (Post 4033293)
i always carbonate in the bottle

so you make yours with yeast?

KegOutlet 04-26-2012 10:52 PM

You can carbonate with CO2 in a Bottle with this attachment.

A bit easier and saves time. Ready to drink in days not weeks.

Also, anytime you use yeast to carbonate you will end up with a very small amount of alcohol in your soda (as alcohol is a byproduct of yeast easting the sugar). Not enough to effect you, just something to consider. Especially if kids will be drinking it.

Cheers!

Flyboy718 04-27-2012 12:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KegOutlet (Post 4033381)
You can carbonate with CO2 in a Bottle with this attachment.

A bit easier and saves time. Ready to drink in days not weeks.

Also, anytime you use yeast to carbonate you will end up with a very small amount of alcohol in your soda (as alcohol is a byproduct of yeast easting the sugar). Not enough to effect you, just something to consider. Especially if kids will be drinking it.

Cheers!

Not ready to purchase a keg just yet...I guess my only option is yeast for now?

KegOutlet 04-27-2012 12:44 AM

You don't need a keg... That link is an adapter that screws on top of a 2L soda bottle so you can carbonate in there.

Flyboy718 04-27-2012 02:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KegOutlet (Post 4033659)
You don't need a keg... That link is an adapter that screws on top of a 2L soda bottle so you can carbonate in there.

How do I carbonate with that adapter? Do I have to buy a bottle of CO2? What size and where?

KingPin 04-27-2012 05:16 AM

Great question. I actually just did my first 2L carbonation this evening. Because I am relatively new to soda making I picked up a 5 pound CO2 tank off of eBay (there are some great sellers on this site with great deals as well).

What I needed (Your Mileage May Vary)
1 x 2L soda bottle (old coke bottle for me)
1 x CO2 Cylinder filled
1 CO2 Regulator
4feet of braided PVC
2 hose clamp dealies
1 ball lock gas valve
1 Carbonation Cap (liquid bread)

Took a while to get everything together but less than 2minutes to have carbonated water.

Theres some good articles if you search through the soda making forum.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Flyboy718 (Post 4034003)
How do I carbonate with that adapter? Do I have to buy a bottle of CO2? What size and where?


MrFoodScientist 04-27-2012 12:34 PM

I'd recommend against using yeast in glass, especially if you're going to give as gifts. You never know when they're going to drink it, or how they're going to store it. And if you tell them to refrigerate it or it will be a grenade, then they may be afraid of it.

Bottle in plastic if you use yeast, but it still needs refrigerated when it's carbonated and even then it has very limited shelf life.

I bottle mine in glass from the keg, which works beautifully if you do it right. I'd suggest going the easy route and mixing syrup with club soda, or buy a sodastream. I'm not much a fan of the sodastream because it's pricier in the log run than kegging, but my brother-in-law loves his.

Flyboy718 04-27-2012 02:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KingPin (Post 4034374)
Great question. I actually just did my first 2L carbonation this evening. Because I am relatively new to soda making I picked up a 5 pound CO2 tank off of eBay (there are some great sellers on this site with great deals as well).

What I needed (Your Mileage May Vary)
1 x 2L soda bottle (old coke bottle for me)
1 x CO2 Cylinder filled
1 CO2 Regulator
4feet of braided PVC
2 hose clamp dealies
1 ball lock gas valve
1 Carbonation Cap (liquid bread)

Took a while to get everything together but less than 2minutes to have carbonated water.

Theres some good articles if you search through the soda making forum.

Thanks!


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