Did you know that soft drinks have been around since the 17th century? Unlike the ones today, however, they were made with water and lemon juice and sweetened with honey.
Fast forward to 2021, and these beverages are just as popular as ever. Some examples include Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Dr. Pepper, Mountain Dew, Coke Zero, and Sprite.
Are you a soft drink kind of person? Tired of always having to buy them from the store?
Then why not make them yourself? Because that’s what we’ll be going over in this post. Keep reading for a guide on how to make soda at home!
1. Gather Your Home Brewing Ingredients
You’ll need several things to make DIY soda, including a bucket, a few plastic bottles (for storing the finished drinks), sugar, a stockpot, a stirring spoon, and a kitchen thermometer.
You’ll also need some soda extract and champagne yeast; the latter will eat the sugar and release carbon dioxide, which will carbonate the beverage.
Last but not least, you’ll need some flavoring. For example, you can add flavored syrup (some companies have flavor labs that create custom flavors) or spices.
2. Boil the Water and Let It Cool Down
Pour 2 gallons of water into a large stockpot and add 8 cups of sugar. Bring the water to a boil and stir constantly until all of the sugar is dissolved.
The next step is to add your flavorings. For example, you can add ginger to make ginger ale. Just remember to strain the spices from the water afterwards.
Transfer the sugar water into a bucket and add 2 gallons of cold water to dilute the mixture. Allow it to cool for a few minutes before proceeding—it should be between 70-80F.
Note: Don’t let it cool too much, otherwise, you’ll have to heat it back up before adding the yeast and soda extract.
3. Add the Soda Extract and Yeast
Stir the soda extract and champagne yeast into the mixture. Mix with a spoon until they’re completely dissolved, and pour the beverage into plastic bottles for storage (we recommend using a funnel).
Ideally, you want to keep them at 70F; that’ll allow the yeast to consume the sugar, which will start the fermentation process. Generally speaking, it’ll take between 2-3 days for the drink to become carbonated (you can squeeze the plastic bottles to test for carbonation—if they feel firm, the water is carbonated).
Once they’re ready, you can place them in the fridge to cool down.
How to Make Soda At Home
And there you have it—a guide on how to make soda at home. As you can see, it’s not that difficult at all. If anything, it’ll let you customize the taste to your heart’s desire!
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