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Making Homemade Soda

Making Homemade Soda

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Published by: Donnette Davis on Nov 19, 2008
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*Making Homemade Soda*
My son was making soda the other night and I decided that I would explainthe process for folks who don’t do it. It is really very easy and much lessexpensive than store bought soda. Once you practice a little and get theproportions of sugar, flavoring syrup, yeast, and time to ferment in the bottleset to what your family likes the soda is really
VERY
good. Is it carbonatedlike "regular" soda from a store? – Yes indeed! The yeast in the sodaconsumes some of the sugar and creates natural carbonation or "fizz". Forthose of you who are "addicted" to your cola (and you know who you are!)this may fill the need if you just store back some extract because you shouldhave the other ingredients already in storage.The equipment is really simple and the process is simple too. My kids maketheir own soda pretty often. What you need is some empty screw top 2 litersoda bottles to hold your creation, some sugar, something to mix all theingredients in (we use a one gallon glass jug and shake them all together),some yeast (either champagne yeast from a brew or wine shop or regularRed Star or Fleischmann’s yeast from the market, a funnel to fill the 2 literbottles, a measuring spoon set, a coffee cup to dissolve the yeast in, and sodaflavorings (our local supermarket sells them in Root Beer, Ginger Ale, Cola,Cream Soda, Orange, Grape, and Dr. P.)The basic recipe that our family uses is to dissolve 1/8 teaspoon of yeast in acoffee cup of warm water for about 5 minutes. Yeast should be fresh and thewater should be about baby bottle warm (98-110 degrees F). Too little yeastwill not yield enough carbonation, too much will give the soda a "yeasty"taste and might burst your soda bottles. Water too hot or too cold will have

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