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Old 06-11-2008, 05:40 AM   #11
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I just finished my ginger ale last week. I made it a 2L batch with 2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger. Man was it spicy and great! I am going to try it again soon. Then maybe a vanilla cream soda with or without cantalope flavoring.

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Old 06-11-2008, 06:22 AM   #12
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Is root beer and ginger ale the only kinds of soda that can be made at home with ingredients bought at a homebrew shop? Could I make a coca-cola clone if I wanted to?

Homemade cola.... I'm down.

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Old 06-11-2008, 06:34 AM   #13
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Is making a coca-cola clone along the same lines as trying to do a BMC clone? I think it might be. Are there pop snobs or soda geeks? This slightly interests me, but the lack of alcohol, fermentation, etc is where I lose interest in making pop.

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Old 06-11-2008, 06:53 AM   #14
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lol. I'm not really snobbish when it comes to soda. Just beer. Coca-cola is good stuff in my book.

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Old 06-11-2008, 02:19 PM   #15
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I don't see why using something like BM's counter pressure bottle filler wouldn't work for soda...it's worth a shot
I bottle my Apfelschorle (apple soda) sometimes with my beergun. It works pretty well and the bottles hold the carbonation fine. Because of the high carbonation, you should expect larger foam losses that with beer, but it still works.
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Old 06-11-2008, 02:23 PM   #16
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Is root beer and ginger ale the only kinds of soda that can be made at home with ingredients bought at a homebrew shop? Could I make a coca-cola clone if I wanted to?

Homemade cola.... I'm down.

You can make cola, no problem, with the extract flavors. I doubt it would taste like coke, though, because of the "recipe" secrets. I've seen all kinds of soda extracts, from birch to sasparilla. Sprecher (the brewery) sells jugs of their extract syrup in homebrew catalogues, but it's really expensive and can't be used for bottle carbing.

I would like to get away from the extracts and make my "own" cream soda. I can't find a recipe for one, though.
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Old 06-11-2008, 02:28 PM   #17
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I just made my first batch of Root Beer last night. Actually it was the post suggestion to start a soda section that got me thinking about making my own Root Beer.

I found this link about making "Open Cola". Along the lines of open source technology the recipe is free. I'm not really sure how to get your hands on some of those ingredients though:
http://www.wikihow.com/Make-OpenCola

I think a ginger ale is next up for me. Preferably with natural ingredients this time and not extract.

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Old 06-11-2008, 02:44 PM   #18
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I have a friend that makes a commercial root beer and he uses malt as his base. It is really a wonderful product and could be accomplished with some mash runnings.

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Maybe we need to add a 'Soda' category to the recipe database.........

Yoop, I don't see why using something like BM's counter pressure bottle filler wouldn't work for soda...it's worth a shot
I don't have a bottle filler like that, but if you don't have one, I don't think it's necessary for bottling soda from a keg. You could use something as simple as a picnic tap because you don't need to worry about oxidizing the finished product if it's not fermented like you have to be concerned with when bottling beer or wine. Assuming everything is sanitized, the worst that can happen is you lose some of the carbonation.
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We make a ginger ale with ginger root, sugar, and water. Turns out great! We make it as a syrup and dilute it with seltzer water as the need arises.

I hear you about keeping 5 gallons of it on hand. Why not dedicate a corny to seltzer water and just keep a liter or two of syrup in the fridge?
Could you post that recipe?
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