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Old 07-19-2013, 06:29 PM   #1
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My niece is here for the weekend. She saw all of the carboys full of fermenting wines and meads and was fascinated by the concept of yeast and how it's alive. She's 14 and loves science type things.

She was begging to make something...So, I took an empty grape juice container, added 1 cups table sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 lemons and some left over Fleischman's yeast from a batch of JAOM, and topped with water.

30 mins later, and it's fermenting like a champ.

I've fermented tons of wines, beers and meads but I've never made a soda or anything kid friendly but I know it's been done.

How long can I let this go and then get it carbed to serve as a soda and not an alcohol drink?

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About 5 minutes?

Alcohol is a result of yeast fermenting sugar. If you want to minimize the alcohol content, you put the soda in a plastic bottle and screw the cap on tight. When the bottle is hard (often only 1 day in a warm place), then it's placed in the fridge so that the yeast will go dormant. That usually results in a soda of a negligible amount of alcohol (but certainly more than 0!). I think it's around .25% or so, but I don't remember for sure.

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Old 07-20-2013, 02:40 AM   #3
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Darn, I'm going on almost 24hrs. Do you think it's too late to cap it and stash it in the fridge? I didn't think to take a gravity reading so I can't even tell what the potential is by now.

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Darn, I'm going on almost 24hrs. Do you think it's too late to cap it and stash it in the fridge? I didn't think to take a gravity reading so I can't even tell what the potential is by now.
I have no idea! I've seen beers go from 1.060 to 1.010 overnight in a hot place, but I don't think that's very common. For soda, I just don't know. If you have an airlock on it now, it won't be carbonated.
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If its okay with her parents.let her try it.she probably won't like it but who knows. I didn't like wine at 14 but that didn't stop me from getting schmammered on it.

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Thanks for the help Yooper...I've never done this before so I stashed it in a room that's been about 73-76 degrees and it's going on 24hrs. That Fleischman's has surprised me before with JAOM so, I'm not going to take any chances. I'm going to let this go dry and start fresh with her tonight on another batch of soda.

I'm not even sure what this will turn out to be or what to do with it.

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If its okay with her parents.let her try it.she probably won't like it but who knows. I didn't like wine at 14 but that didn't stop me from getting schmammered on it.
They're definitely not the type to let her try it. In fact, they'll probably be upset if there's .25% in the soda...

Times are different. I can remember being 9 or 10 years old and my father gave me the first sip of almost every beer he drank. Oh well...
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what the soda flavorings you can get tell you is to cap immediately in a standard soda bottle (no balloon) This prevents the yeast from being able to do much as it immediately carbs (about 2 to 3 days) and the co2 partial preasure prevents the yeast from absorbing to much sugar... In terms, I think 1/8th cup of it is for fermenting and 1 cup is for sweetening on a 2L batch. (based on what they say for making it sugar free)

this is for a root beer flavor - kit makes 4 gallons total. http://www.midwestsupplies.com/root-beer-soda.html

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I'm not even sure what this will turn out to be
Prison wine lol
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Thanks... I was going to buy this but I didn't see the big deal of a kit that has sugar, champagne yeast and flavorings when I have that stuff here.

I've never made a kid safe drink but it still surprises me that even the kit is being sold as soda for kids. I've been making beer, wine and mead for years and everything I've read on soda making points to alcohol.

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