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Old 06-26-2008, 01:02 PM   #1
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I recently tried to make some rootbeer using the extract then adding yeast and sugar, but I was worried about the 2 liters exploding on me. I ended up opening one of them too early, and it just seemed hard to judge exactly when they were done by the hardness of the bottles. How exactly do the carbonator caps work? I'm thinking of buying one. Do they work over time or can you carbonate quickly?


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Old 06-26-2008, 02:01 PM   #2
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I recently tried to make some rootbeer using the extract then adding yeast and sugar, but I was worried about the 2 liters exploding on me. I ended up opening one of them too early, and it just seemed hard to judge exactly when they were done by the hardness of the bottles. How exactly do the carbonator caps work? I'm thinking of buying one. Do they work over time or can you carbonate quickly?
I have no idea, but I put my rootbeer into a keg. If you got the CO2 setup anyways, might aswell buy a reconditioned keg to dedicate to it.


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Never done soda, but carbonate water all the time. Fill the bottle about 3/4. Squeeze to remove all the air and put the Carbonator Cap on. Charge with about 30 lbs. Shake the heck out of it. Charge and shake till you get desired level of carbonation.

 
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Old 06-26-2008, 04:38 PM   #4
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All a carbonator cap is is a gas connector on a screw top. At 30 psi & cold soda, you can carbonate in about 5 minutes. Once it is carbonated, put the regular cap back on.

Be very certain your CO2 line has a check-valve in it.
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Be very certain your CO2 line has a check-valve in it.
or disconnect your co2 when shaking.
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Old 06-26-2008, 05:56 PM   #6
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Thanks guys- next root beer I do will either be kegged or I'll use a carbonator cap. I'm thinking I want to stick to smaller batches of 1-2 gallons at a time, it could take a long time to empty a keg of root beer.
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it could take a long time to empty a keg of root beer.

Not if you have kids....mine emptied a 5 gallon keg in about 2 days...

That's why I make it with Splenda....

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Old 06-27-2008, 01:22 AM   #8
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They work pretty quickly, but you can't use as much psi as with a keg because the plastic won't take it. The package says not to exceed a certain psi, but I can't remember it. I don't go over 30 psi. The quick connect on your gas line will connect to the cap.

http://www.weekendbrewer.com/carbonatorcap.htm

 
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Old 06-27-2008, 01:30 AM   #9
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Here are a couple of sites with instructions on making homemade caps:

http://www.brewboard.com/index.php?showtopic=47610

http://www.truetex.com/carbonation.htm

I never made one mysefl and just paid the $12 for one at my LHBS. I only have one cap, but that is enough because unlike with beer, you can use a regular cap once you carbonate the soda, and just recharge it as needed. They are also great for recharging any store bought flat soda.

 
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You might consider making concentrate. Just mix the extract & sugar with enough water to fill a 2L bottle. Assuming your recipe is for 4 gallons, then you can put one cup of concentrate in a 2L bottle, chill & carbonate. That way, you'll only have a bottle of concentrate & a 'working' bottle of soda in the fridge. Add a bottle of water to pre-chill & you'll have a steady supply.


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