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Old 02-26-2009, 04:23 PM   #1
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Default What volume CO2 for Italian Soda?

I just found a site that has inexpensive Toranni 750ml bottles. $4.85 each.

BevTech, Inc.: Torani and Schokinag

So. Now I have the syrup and I need to get crackin on making the water.

I'll use reverse osmosis water from Culligan and I have a kegging system with dual regs for 2 separate gas settings. How many volumes should the carbonated water be? What is typical? 15psi, 30psi?

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Old 02-26-2009, 04:27 PM   #2
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Also, does one balance the system for soda in the same fashion as for beer?

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I run a two faucet tower with beer and soda. I aim for 39-40 degrees and I run beer at 10-12 psi and soda water at 35. We mostly drink the soda water straight or mix it with crystal light lemonade powder . . which makes for a surprisingly good sparkling lemonade (seriously - try it!). 35 psi is perfect for that - where you're just adding powder instead of syrup. My dad just gave me like 25 bottles of torani syrup and I've been making italian sodas lately. You have to add a lot of syrup to make a soda . . and at 35 psi they come out a bit flat. I'll probably move it up to 40 psi.

I don't know how many volumes of CO2 that works out to - the beer tables I've seen don't go up that far.

Yes, you have to balance the system just like beer . . but foam isn't an issue with soda water. When I first hooked it up with 5 ft of 1/4 in line, it would fill a 22 oz glass in about 2 seconds in a quite violent fashion - unless I just barely cracked open the faucet. I now use 20 ft of 1/4 beer line on the soda side and that's perfect.

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Right now I have it set to 30psi and will be running through 8 foot of 3/16"ID line. I did a trial pull, pre-carbed, and it flowed out nicely. I'll just have to wait and see how it does with some gas in the mix.

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Ooops - all my lines are 3/16, not 1/4.

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