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Old 05-28-2011, 03:12 PM   #1
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How much sugar do you add to make 4 gallons of soda when kegging? My extract said to add 8 cups of sugar for 4 gallon but it was way too sweet the last time I did that. I am thinking that the 8 cups of sugar also allows for extra because of using yeast to carb? But when kegging I wont need the extra sugar. So I am getting ready to try again and wonder if anyone has a set amount of sugar they use for soda when kegging?



 
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Old 05-28-2011, 03:19 PM   #2
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How much sugar do you add to make 4 gallons of soda when kegging? My extract said to add 8 cups of sugar for 4 gallon but it was way too sweet the last time I did that. I am thinking that the 8 cups of sugar also allows for extra because of using yeast to carb? But when kegging I wont need the extra sugar. So I am getting ready to try again and wonder if anyone has a set amount of sugar they use for soda when kegging?
I do NOT have a sweet tooth, so I add about 1/2 the sugar most recipes call for. Just mix it to taste, and then keg it.


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Old 05-28-2011, 03:29 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info! How does it taste with half the sugar? I drink a little soda but I mostly make it for the kids.

 
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Thanks for the info! How does it taste with half the sugar? I drink a little soda but I mostly make it for the kids.
Well, root beer with extract isn't very good with much less sugar. I used about 3/4 the sugar, maybe a little less. But the ginger ale I make is quite good. Maybe the kids wouldn't like it without as much sugar, though.
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Old 05-30-2011, 11:56 AM   #5
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I have a lemon lime soda that I keg with a 5 gal corny, force carb. I use 5 cups of sugar for 5 gallons and it's just sweet enough (could be a bit sweeter) but it depends on what you like and the nature of the soda.

 
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I have a lemon lime soda that I keg with a 5 gal corny, force carb. I use 5 cups of sugar for 5 gallons and it's just sweet enough (could be a bit sweeter) but it depends on what you like and the nature of the soda.


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Old 05-30-2011, 02:34 PM   #8
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Also, I'd like to mention that the commercial soda makers use a high level of carbonation which masks the sweetness from the insane amount of sugar they add. Taste flat pop, much sweeter.

 
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Old 05-31-2011, 01:07 AM   #9
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I am going to make a regular orange soda next. I know that there is a big difference between how much sugar to orange taste there is because I remember orange crush as a kid and I also remember McDonalds orange drink and they tasted both great but also different. I would think that carbonation also plays a roll.

 
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Old 05-31-2011, 03:43 PM   #10
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I try to stick with 1lb of sugar/gallon of soda. 1 lb is about 2 cups, which is very similar to how sweet a packet of Kool-Aid would turn out to be at 1 cup/2 quarts.

You can always adjust from there and of course some sodas should be sweeter/some less sweet.

A ginger ale or a lemon-lime would lend themselves better to a less-sweet version.
A root beer would taste better sweeter.

So as Yooper suggested, mix to taste, then keg.


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