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Homemade soda pop *Update* added links

I've been experimenting with cooking lately, and since if all disappears, I have to have soda pop..

You can make soda pop with sugar and yeast and flavor in a closed 2 liter plastic soda bottle. The yeast ferments, creating C02. The bottle is closed, and causes the C02 to be under pressure; the C02 under pressure and the very slight raise in alcohol (this isn't beer) kills off the yeast.

Add 1 cups sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of yeast to flavor (Vanilla for cream soda, ginger for ginger ale. I haven't tried sassafras for root beer yet) - flavor to taste (1 tablespoon is common), and fill with lukewarm water to 1 inch of the top. Swirl ingredients together, and screw on cap. It takes 1-2 days for the pressure to build up enough, which you can tell by giving the plastic bottle a squeeze to see if it is hard). When it is, refrigerate a few hours and serve. Don't over-pressurize, and open up over sink and away from face (just in case).

I've tried varying the amounts of yeast and sugar, but this appears to be fairly balanced as to how fast the yeast grows etc - less sugar and it has come out flat. Refrigeration serves to slow / stop more yeast giving off C02, but I suspect it may also stabilize the C02 bubbles, giving it a better pour.

Recipe is similar to many that appear in cookbooks in the late 1800s, and also appears to be how the first rootbeers were made. Priestley (contemporary to the founding fathers) seemed to be the first to use this 'fixed air' in a drink. (Discovered from beer vats).

Personally, I'm finding that I enjoy the home made stuff more than the store bought. It is also healthier if you don't want corn syrup in your pop.

*Update*

Has a bunch of links to old recipe books with homemade soda.
http://hubpages.com/hub/How_to_Brew_Root_Beer_and_Ginger_Ale

Rootbeer and a bunch of other interesting pages on things
http://biology.clc.uc.edu/fankhauser/Cheese/ROOTBEER_Jn0.htm

Relating it to beer making (and how much sugar for just carbonization)
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/wiki/index.php/Can_beer_bottles_...




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Thank you

Sodas is it. lol

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sodastream!

http://www.sodastreamusa.com/

They even have real sugar (no hfcs) syrups! Carbonate to your heart's content!

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hey,

so if i buy one of those would i be buypassing monsanto aspertame and having real sugar as opposed to fake HFCS syrups?

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see labels

"Sparkling Naturals":
http://www.sodastreamusa.com/TasteNutritionSparklingNaturals...

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bump

i read your comment below :)
but i do find this intriguing
thank you

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What About Making Soda Pop With Stevia?

Anyone know how to do it?

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Lol, I can't believe someone

Lol, I can't believe someone bumped this after what seems a year.

And here I was looking at the sub-forum right now with a New Years resolution to concentrate on homesteading stuff for the next year.

More homesteading, less politics(ie steal your life away by concentrating on mob group think stuff = politics).

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Been looking for this for a while.

Great news.

Thank you!! I'm going to take

Thank you!! I'm going to take note of this recipe. What kind of yeast do you normally use?

Yeast......

was one of my questions, but, I've heard so many health problems related to yeast so I'd rather stay away from it as much as possible.

Looking for a good no-yeast recipie if anyone's got one.

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Yeast & health problems

Definitely look more into yeast for health, as it can be very, VERY beneficial to your health. The health-related problems you heard about is probably a yeast overgrowth due to poor diet, not the yeast itself.

There's a "good" and "bad" of everything with food - yeast is no exception.

I'd go to say virtually everyone would benefit from increasing good yeasts in their diet. Try kombucha drinks, pure & natural yogurt, kimchee, miso, natto, and this delicious home-made soda the original poster has mentioned. I haven't drank commercial sodas in years due to them essentially being poison, but I have been enjoying home-made sodas and they are great! Great for health and taste!

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Some more links

http://hubpages.com/hub/How_to_Brew_Root_Beer_and_Ginger_Ale
This page has links to a lot of old recipe books on homemade pop.

http://biology.clc.uc.edu/fankhauser/Cheese/ROOTBEER_Jn0.htm
Has a bunch of interesting pages.

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Neat

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Doesn't the yeast break down

Doesn't the yeast break down the sugar to form the CO2? Im just wondering if there is a way to make a pop without ending up with sugar in the final product?

You can use less sugar and

You can use less sugar and just add a dab like is sometimes used in beer making for final carbonization, but you will have to play around with the % of sugar (which will just be used for carbination and not sweetner). Also it will take a lot longer to carbonate. Maybe 4-5 days judging from online blogs. Above takes about a day.

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have you tried bottling it in glass bottles?

If or when you do please update this cool post!

thanks!

PS I think you can bottle glass bottles pretty easy, people who make their own beer do it quite inexpensively.

Most likely would be a better

Most likely would be a better final product. This is easier for experimenting for me - already have plastic bottles around, less risk of breaking if I over carbonate, and I can feel the pressure build up in the bottle by giving it a squeeze.

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how about glass bottles? in my experience

carbonation doesn't hold over long periods of time in plastic bottles. This has to do with leeching, the micro-porous nature of most bottle plastics used today, and the tenacity of gases to completely fill their volume.

Having never tried it, but loving carbonated pop all the same, would you see any reason not to instead make the beverage in a glass bottle?

...also I can't tell how much flavoring extract goes with this recipe. Can't be 1/4 tsp..

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Glass bottles, no, but using

Glass bottles, could use, but personally using plastic for reasons above. safer while testing too.

A tablespoon of whatever flavor you are using is pretty common, but you just need to flavor to whatever you find you like by experimenting - it has no effect on the carbonization. I like using 2-3 tablespoons of vanilla for cream soda as an example instead of 1. You can also add flavor to your cup after you pour if you want it stronger.

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Thanks for the post!

I had been thinking about some good root beer. This seems much easier than I would have thought. Growing up, one of my friends dad made wine from in two liter bottles using kool aid I think. Crazy stuff I tell ya.

This is very interesting, and

This is very interesting, and I did not know it. I have made my own soda using a carbonation machine that I bought. It is a cool machine, comes with special bottles, and in just a few strokes makes carbonated water immediately, that you can later flavor. I have not come up with a great way to flavor it yet, as (probably since it did not all ferment together and I can not drink much sugar in any form ((diabeties)) it always tastes like watered down taste. I have made great kombucha tea, but did not know normal things would ferment like this. This is very cool!

Thanks!

Bookmarked.

My dad makes wine but we don't drink that much wine. This would be great to do with my daughters.

"Homebrew" ingredients suppliers

Usually have tasty concentrates for lots of different flavors of sodas that taste really good. They are simple to make and carbonate in just a few days.

I am near Houston and use these guys for my brewing and soda making supplies. Here is a link to their home made soda instructions: http://www.defalcos.com/homemade-soft-drinks.html . Supplies are at: http://www.defalcos.com/virtuemart.html?page=shop.browse&cat... . There are others, such as Williams Brewing at: http://www.williamsbrewing.com/Search.aspx?k=root%20beer . Also, don't forget that you can brew AWESOME ales and lagers from these guys, too!

It's a fun hobby, too.

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Raw Orange Soda Pop

And for all you Mamas out there who are struggling to feed family attached to their corn syrup filled and artificially flavoured soda, try this one! This is a wonderfully nutritious alternative to Fanta, Sunkist or even the Airborne Effervescence! One glass of orange juice has more protective properties than a vitamin C pill!
http://mamainthekitchen.com/2011/04/06/raw-orange-soda-pop/

Add:
1/4 tsp aluminum free baking soda (not raw, but it adds fizz)
to:
2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice

Enjoy immediately.

search: (raw + soda pop)

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I love carbonated OJ. Used to

I love carbonated OJ. Used to make it all the time when I was a kid with my parents' fountain soda machine in their restaurant.

Awesome link ~

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You may enjoy these other recipes

for homemade soda pop. Check out her other survival recipes too. Great site. http://sites.google.com/site/windintheroses/sodapop

Very informative site.......Thanks for sharing!

I will be on that site for hours:)