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Old 06-07-2012, 07:19 PM   #171
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You are still using less syrup than specified by Prarie Moon. Tom, and many of us, prefer less syrup. You may not. 4 tablespoons = 2 oz. You are using 2 oz + 16 oz water, or 2oz of syrup for an 18oz drink. Prarie Moon recommends 2 oz syrup + 10 oz water, or 2 oz for a 12 oz drink. 3 oz of syrup in an 18 oz drink would give you the same 1/6 syrup/drink ration.

This assumes you made the syrup to Prarie Moon's specs, which it sounds like you did.
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Old 06-07-2012, 07:40 PM   #172
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So what would the appropriate ration be for a strongly flavored 16 OZ drink??? assuming I made the syrup to PM's specifications........

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Old 06-07-2012, 08:43 PM   #173
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They just specify a 1 / 6 ratio. So, for 16 oz that would be 2.6 oz of syrup, and then filled up with carbonated water. If you want more flavor, I would us 3-3.5 oz.

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Old 06-08-2012, 01:15 PM   #174
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Check out http://sweetzfree.com/ for what is basically liquid Splenda. It sounds expensive at $64 for 4 oz, but that is equal to 96 cups of sugar and goes a long way. For example I use only 2 drops for a 16 oz glass of iced tea.
Hey jtcweb (or anyone with an opinion) I see references to folks saying Ezsweetz is cheaper than Sweetzfree. I notice the Ezsweetz site shows the 2 oz bottle makes 10 lbs of sugar equivalent and costs $13. So the 10 lbs is roughly 18 cups which seems to cost a little more than Sweetzfree. But there's also a concentrated form of Ezsweetz that costs $22 for 1.5 oz which supposedly makes roughly about 26 cups so about the same price point as the more diluted version.

Anyone have any experience with both and can offer an opinion? I am still struggling with how much PM concentrate and sweetner to use in a 30 oz bottle of carbonated water especially when based on "drops". I use 2 teaspoons of PM concentrate and around 20 drops of the concentrated Ezsweetz but I'm at a loss as to how much that actually is sugar equivalent wise. Supposedly that would be around 3 quarters of a cup of sugar as they claim 6 drops is a quarter cup equivalent but that seems like alot.
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Old 06-13-2012, 03:11 AM   #175
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Has anyone tried using Torani syrups? They come in tons of flavors, and I have easy access to them. Will they work with this soda water method?
I used to work for a coffee shop that put them over ice and added seltzer water...it's not quite like the soda we're used to but it was tasty. I think they called them Italian sodas but not sure about any authenticity behind that.
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Old 06-13-2012, 05:24 PM   #176
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I used to work for a coffee shop that put them over ice and added seltzer water...it's not quite like the soda we're used to but it was tasty. I think they called them Italian sodas but not sure about any authenticity behind that.
Having lived in Italy: no, I don't believe there's much authenticity behind that. Unless it's a regional thing somewhere I didn't stay.

Typically an "Italian" soda is a "less sweet" soda than what you would find elswhere. Which I guess may be authentic, as Italians don't tend to prefer things as sweet as Americans. If you want a frame of reference, buy yourself some San Pellegrino Chinotto.

I've used the Monin syrups and was very pleased with the results. They're targeted at the same market as Torani and are very similar.

The Granny Smith Apple makes a great soda that tastes like an exact match to the Jones Green Apple soda.
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:21 PM   #177
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Great thread.
Now that I have my Kegerator my Family wants Soda so I ordered some PM concentrate earlier this week. Reading through this I will need to start carbing the Water today if I want it ready for the 4th, we do a big shin dig with a great fireworks show at the end and soda on tap would be a good addition for the kids and adults that don’t partake in my beers.

For those that are using maltrodextrin in your syrup, how much are you adding to the concentrate? I like the idea of additional mouth feel but not too much.

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Old 06-24-2012, 06:21 PM   #178
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Tried reading every page of this thread to find the answer to my question but couldn't isolate it.

If I want to make 5 gallons of this for precarbed soda how much of the 4 oz bottle should I use? I have been using other brands but most don't knock my socks off as one poster said so I am wanting to try something new and also try using a sugar alternative like splenda or nutra sweet. Can anyone recommend which might be the best alternative to sugar to use?

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Yeah about an ounce of syrup makes 16 ounces of soda... it will be to flavor of course so your mileage may vary. I wish the pumps had a bigger draw on them but sixteen isn't as much work as it sounds, lol.
As stated in the thread, it's flavored to taste but a good starting point is right here 1:16 so using that ratio you would need 40 ounces of syrup for 5 gallons (640 oz) of water. So 10 4 oz bottles, or you could get a bigger one
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As stated in the thread, it's flavored to taste but a good starting point is right here 1:16 so using that ratio you would need 40 ounces of syrup for 5 gallons (640 oz) of water. So 10 4 oz bottles, or you could get a bigger one

This is incorrect because you have to figure the concentrate ratio first. (19 oz water & 2 3/4 lb sugar) 1 oz of that concentrate is what you are referencing so its not 40 oz.
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