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Old 02-26-2012, 07:55 AM   #1
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Default Flavor help, Gnome Vanilla Cream Soda.

I just finished my second batch of Gnome vanilla cream soda. I didn't use enough yeast in the first batch and it didn't carbonate properly. Carbonation was spot on this batch as was the acidity. Body was a little light but really not bad overall. The only issue I really have with this batch is the flavor. Here's how my process went.
Rehydrated 5/8 tsp Red Star Pasteur Champagne yeast in 1 cup 90* water

Heated 1/2 gallon water to 150*, added 2 1/2 cups cane sugar and 1 cup brown sugar and 5 Tbsp maltodextrin and 1/2 packet gnome vanilla cream soda extract.

Cooled syrup mix in cold water bath till tem dropped to around 115.

Added yeast and topped off with hot water to 2 1/2 gallons.

Bottled in 2 liter bottles and let carbonate for 4 days.

I'm a noob to making soda. How do I change the flavor profile of the soda? It just seemed a little lack luster or watered down. The extract was meant for 5 gallons and I used half. The flavor isn't bad, it's just not... right. What can I do to enhance the flavor? Did I skip a step or screw something up? Does the flavor change as it sits in the fridge? TIA for any and all help/tips and pointers


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Old 02-26-2012, 11:50 PM   #2
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The instructions on gnome says to add more flavoring to get a richer flavor. I'm pretty sure. But thats what I do.

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Old 02-29-2012, 03:33 AM   #3
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We use these extracts without fail. Usually we use a variety of sugars ie honey, brown cane...
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