Instructions for Home Soda Making
What you’re going to need
1 gallon bottle with lid
1 packet champagne yeast
2 cups sugar
Vanilla, Sarsaparilla or Root Beer extracts
Wash all your equipment with sterilizing solution. Include a coffee cup or jar to proof the yeast.
Pour distilled water into a clean pot and heat until approximately 98F to 110F. Use the pipette to drop some on your inner wrist. It should feel warm, but not burn you at all. Remove approximately one cup of the water and pour 1/8 teaspoon yeast into it. Let sit for 5 minutes.
Pour the remaining warm water into the one gallon jug until it is two thirds full of water. Add in the sugar and shake for at least two minutes until the sugar is completely dissolved.
Use 1 to 2 tablespoons of flavoring per gallon of liquid. Use your pipette to taste the soda base after adding 1 tablespoon to see if the flavor is strong enough for you. Add the yeast mixture and enough of the reserved water to bring the liquid level to three inches below the top of the bottle. Mix well to distribute the yeast and flavoring.
Let the soda ferment for 1 to 6 days in a warm place, between 65F and 85F. Check each day until the bottle feels hard to the touch, much like a bottle of soda from the store before its opened. Once the soda is carbonated put it the refrigerator and let it cool completely before you open it.
If your glass of soda is flat once you pour it, you may have not let your soda ferment for long enough. If your soda tastes yeasty, you used too much yeast and should let it sit longer at room temperature. You can take it out of the fridge and let in ferment for another couple of days in a warm place. Once you’ve sampled some of the soda, you may wish to transfer it to a smaller container to keep it from going flat.
To make another batch of soda after you use your gallon of distilled water, you can bring a gallon of water to boil for 5 minutes to sterilize it and then let it cool to between 98F and 110F. Once it is this temperature, proceed as you would with the distilled water.
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