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Old 11-08-2009, 04:49 PM   #1
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Something is just not working for me.

I have tried to make soda in some 2L bottles twice now, and no carbonation. I tried to go simple to start, just wanted to show the kids how it worked.

Ginger ale was made with sugar, lemon juice, ginger and some fleishman's yeast. When that didn't take off, I figured maybe it was something to do with the yeast (though I doubt it, it's working fine in the breadmaker) so with the rootbeer I used some extract and a half packet of Nottingham. 30h later, nothing.

I'm just putting the ingredients in the bottle, capping and leaving. Am I missing something???




 
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Old 11-08-2009, 05:04 PM   #2

When I've made rootbeer using 2L bottles, it's always taken them about a week to become firm. That's when you know they're ready and you stick it in the fridge at that point.
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Old 11-08-2009, 05:11 PM   #3
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From what I have read, you need to use a wine yeast such as Pasteur Champagne from Red Star or Lalvin EC-1118. Ale yeast is often used in homemade soda and this might improve your results.

Allow the mixture of your water, sugar and flavorings to sit at room temperature for a day or two to get the yeast going, then bottle. This is when the carbonation begins. Allow several days to cabonate. Squeeze the bottles to confirm it is working and if it gets to hard, release some of the pressure and then tighten the cap back up. Loads of information available if you google "Homemade Soda"

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Old 11-08-2009, 06:30 PM   #4
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ok, thanks all.

Everything I read said it would be done in 24-48h.

Looking at it now, I can see a few small bubbles starting. I guess it just took a while to get rolling.

 
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Old 11-08-2009, 07:52 PM   #5
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The warmer the temperature, the faster it'll carb up. so, if it's cool in your house it'll take longer. Place them in a warm place and check them every 12-24 hours (so they don't get too hard too quickly and explode!).
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Old 03-22-2010, 02:50 AM   #6
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While my mead and barely secondary away. I decided to try to make some soda, i figured I'd start off easy and use an extract for birch beer since I am a fan. All went well and I bottled most of it in glass except for one plastic coke bottle to gauge when carbonation was complete. After 3 days no firmness to the bottle so I took one of the glass bottles in fridge chilled, carefully opened listening for the reassuring pfsst. Nothing... 2 more days... same thing with another bottle. Brew closet is at about 75 degrees, I have been shaking the bottles to get the (redstar champagne)yeast deposits back in solution, it looks like there is a healthy amount settling out but no carbonation. I thought only waiting for beer to carbonate took patience, the instructions (which I followed to the T) that came with the kit indicated that it would take a day or two. Now its going on a week and I want to drink some carbonated birch beer

 
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Old 03-23-2010, 07:30 AM   #7
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While my mead and barely secondary away. I decided to try to make some soda, i figured I'd start off easy and use an extract for birch beer since I am a fan. All went well and I bottled most of it in glass except for one plastic coke bottle to gauge when carbonation was complete. After 3 days no firmness to the bottle so I took one of the glass bottles in fridge chilled, carefully opened listening for the reassuring pfsst. Nothing... 2 more days... same thing with another bottle. Brew closet is at about 75 degrees, I have been shaking the bottles to get the (redstar champagne)yeast deposits back in solution, it looks like there is a healthy amount settling out but no carbonation. I thought only waiting for beer to carbonate took patience, the instructions (which I followed to the T) that came with the kit indicated that it would take a day or two. Now its going on a week and I want to drink some carbonated birch beer
ok, stupid question on my part..... but I gotta ask, did you remember to add the sugar?
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Old 03-23-2010, 12:07 PM   #8
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yep, 8 cups for 4 gallons...I followed the instructions very closely. Week one, no carbonation...I am still remaining hopeful.

 
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Old 03-24-2010, 07:15 AM   #9
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The only thing I can think of would be bad yeast.
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Old 03-24-2010, 12:22 PM   #10
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It may be the yeast but i've used redstar champagne yeast a few times (to make apfelwien) no problems, this packet had an expiration date of 3/2011. it looks like it is slowly making little bubbles. Maybe next time I'll proof it before I pitch it. This time I just hydrated it...

 
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