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Old 10-27-2008, 03:41 PM   #1
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Default Lets talk Soda FAQ!

I've had soda on hand for SWMBO since day 1 of my Keezer. I have been using 2 litre bottles, and filling the kegs with those. I've played around with soda enough to know it's a completely different world from beer, both in bottles and in kegs. Home made soda is what introduced me to bottle bombs for the first time, and is also what got me into brewing some 9 years ago. So, I think we should gather up everyones Bits of wisdom and make a FAQ sticky.

What I know:
1. Soda will seem very flat at 12 PSI! You'll need a separate regulator and a lot (how much) of hose for a good pour.
2. A home made, bottle carbed pop will explode if you leave it at room temp long enough.
3. 2 Litre. Bottles will taste fine if you keg them. Make sure they are cold before you dump them carefully into the keg.


Anyone else think this is a good idea?


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Old 10-27-2008, 05:17 PM   #2
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I think this is a great idea!

My thoughts:
  • Soda is only limited by one's imagination!
  • Recycling 20oz soda bottles is a great way to serve smaller portions than 2L bottles
  • It is normal to have a layer of material in the bottom of the bottle
  • Bread yeast does work, but brewer's yeast is better. (I bet kegging is the best for flavor)

Good job BK!


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Old 12-12-2008, 07:42 PM   #3
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Letting soda ferment out completely will result in something dreadful.
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I think any soda faq should cover the different methods of making soda. I make mine directly in 2L bottles and consume them that way, it works for me because I only make soda on-demand, as it turns around in about 24 hours. No bottle bomb risks, easy sanitation, easy in general.
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I think any soda faq should cover the different methods of making soda. I make mine directly in 2L bottles and consume them that way, it works for me because I only make soda on-demand, as it turns around in about 24 hours. No bottle bomb risks, easy sanitation, easy in general.
How do you make it? Please?
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1) Kegging soda is the way to go if you can, no need to worry about root beer grenades.

2) If you have to add sugar to partially carbed soda (i.e. it's not sweet enough), then don't just dump the sugar in the keg or you will have a root beer volcano (personal experience).

3) Making soda can be a good way to sell the SWMBO on more kegs. I lost one keg to soda babe, and I'm low. Chicompany is having a sale on 4 kegs right now and it would be cheaper in the long run for me to get more than one.
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Im pretty stoked to try making some soda, getting some more cornies in this week and with the baby on the way Id love to be able to make some more family friendly beverages.. even though drinking beer makes me more friendly to my family..
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even though drinking beer makes me more friendly to my family..

Especially the In-Laws!!
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Especially the In-Laws!!
Funny thing is my mother in law is my favorite beer taster.. "are you gonna make it extra fizzy for my Mom?" She's the reason I force carbonate to my liking.. then crank it up a tad for another day :P "Throwing in some extra hops for Mary"

When its my folks it turns to "Im gonna make another gin n tonic" .. gotta get drunk quicker with them around.


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