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TomSD 09-30-2010 02:11 AM

Two kegs in and I'm sold using syrups for variety rocks!
So I started out making kegs full of lemon lime soda since that is most of what I drink but quickly realized I wanted more variety.

My biggest put offs with soda are caffeine and calories so syrups were a perfect choice. No caffeine and using substitute instead of sugar no calories either, woho.

I figured concentrates were cheap enough to give a shot so bought a six pack (sarsaparilla, root beer, cola, lemon lime, vanilla, black cherry) of them from Prairie Moon along with syrup bottles and pumps for them.

Since then I've been through 3 kegs of soda water and am working on number four with a fifth carbing so it'll be ready. None of the first batch of syrups are even half gone and I can refill each one three more times from the remaining concentrate.

Seeing as they have like 60+ concentrates I think I'll be expanding my selection soon. It is great grabbing a glass, adding whatever syrup sounds good at the time and hitting it from the tap.

jonp9576 09-30-2010 02:19 AM

wait, what? this is the first i am reading about this. you just use carbonated water and you keep the syrup separate? that means, no odor in the keg, so replacing orings when i want to put beer or something different in the keg, and as many kinds of soda as i want? tell me more, please

TomSD 09-30-2010 02:47 AM

Yup each bottle of concentrate is 4 ounces and will fill one of those bottles four times. I think they cost me like 3 bucks a bottle of concentrate. Cheap shipping too since the bottles were so small.

The sugar substitute is substantially more than sugar but it is a trade off I'm willing to make. Since it is concentrate you can make it either way... or combine the two to find a flavor compromise you like. My back of napkin math says 96 total gallons of soda from the six bottles of concentrate I bought... that is a ton of soda, lol.


I've got water in #3 and #4 is full but carbing. The carbed water isn't half bad on its own either.

Oh and mmm vanilla....


brewingkitty 09-30-2010 04:40 AM

i carb up gatorade and coolade all the time.

jonp9576 09-30-2010 12:07 PM

cool thanks for the info. i'll definately try that out.

jonp9576 09-30-2010 12:08 PM

what pressure are you carbing and serving the water at?

TomSD 09-30-2010 06:07 PM

I just leave it at 30 psi for carbing and serving. As I mentioned earlier I keep one carbing while I use the other. I guess about a week gets things all carbed up. You can use it after a couple days but the difference is noticeable as each day passes.

Jaysus 09-30-2010 06:10 PM


jonp9576 09-30-2010 08:35 PM

just placed my order, and as soon as i get home from work i will get a keg of water carbing.

jonp9576 09-30-2010 09:33 PM

do you have any issues with too much foam serving at 30 psi?

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