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hungryone
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Carbonating at home
So I bought all the parts necessary for a home carbonation rig (regulator, caps, tank, etc). I know that a few ppl here are fizzing things, tell me about your concoctions. Any notable failures?


AggieHank86
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re: Carbonating at home
Are you kegging something, trying to bottle, or just a carbonated glass of something?

I keg 90% of the beer I make. I let the fermentation finish and carbonate from a tank. Never had a failure.

Trying to bottle from a tank, you need a beer gun or similar device. Otherwise, tons of overflow and lots of mess.

I keep one keg of force-carbonated water, and I make tons of drinks from one syrup or another. I mostly use Prairie Moon concentrates. Some are better than others. The amaretto concentrate ROCKS.
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hungryone
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re: Carbonating at home
I am planning to carbonate in 1l ot 2L bottles. No kegs. So when you do sodas, you don’t add the syrups to water and then carbonate?


AggieHank86
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re: Carbonating at home
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I am planning to carbonate in 1l ot 2L bottles. No kegs. So when you do sodas, you don’t add the syrups to water and then carbonate?
For most, I do not ... because I like to keep a dozen syrups in the fridge and just mix carbonated water with whatever the kids or I might be in the mood to drink.

You certainly CAN mix a liter or two at a time with syrup and flat water. Just buy a couple of carbonation caps (and of course the fitting for your regulator).

Carbonation Caps from Amazon

I also make an entire carbonated keg of a favorite flavor, usually something mixable like vanilla.

Prairie Moon concentrates. They vary from REALLY, REALLY good down to very mediocre. The best of them are truly outstanding.

I have tried most of the dozens of flavors. Look thru the site and list the dozen or so that you may want to try. I would be glad to share my review of each from your list. I make them with sucralose (more expensive than sugar), and the cost per ounce of final beverage is still less than half that of a store-bought soda at the best sale price you usually see.
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re: Carbonating at home
I like to make carbonated water. I usually put a tiny pinch of baking soda in each bottle. It helps to smooth out the bite from carbonic acid.

I have successfully made root beer using Zataran's flavoring. (Fun fact: root beer flavoring was Zataran's first product)

I would steer clear of SodaStream flavors. The ones I tried were horrible.

Here are some recipes I found in a cookbook I have on my computer..

BLUEBERRY SODA
1 oz Torani Blueberry syrup
8 oz sparkling water

COCONUT CHILL
1 oz Torani Coconut syrup
8 oz sparkling water

GUAVA KIWI ITALIAN SODA
0.5 oz Torani Guava syrup
0.5 oz Torani Kiwi syrup
8 oz sparkling water

HURRICANE SODA
1 oz Torani Pineapple syrup
0.25 oz Torani Passion Fruit syrup
8 oz sparkling water
wedge of lime

ITALIAN SODA BASIC RECIPE
8 oz sparkling water
1.25 oz Torani syrup of your choice
Cup of ice

LEMON LIME SODA
0.5 oz Torani Lemon syrup
0.5 oz Torani Lime syrup
8 oz sparkling water

ROOTBEER SODA
1 oz Torani Root beer syrup
8 oz sparkling water

SHIRLEY TEMPLE
1 oz Torani Pomegranate syrup
8 oz lemon lime soda
1 cherry on top

STRAWBERRY ITALIAN SODA
1 oz Torani Strawberry syrup
8 oz sparkling water

TANGY PEACH SUNRISE SODA
1 oz Torani Peach syrup
0.5 oz Torani Lemon syrup
8 oz sparkling water

WATERMELON-KIWI SLPASH
0.75 oz Torani Watermelon syrup
0.5 oz Torani Kiwi syrup
8 oz sparkling water



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Langland
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re: Carbonating at home
Notable failure was carbonating orange flavored (Mio) heavy whipping cream. I poured the whipping cream into a 16 oz size plastic coke bottle. I attached the CO2 hose and it sucked some of the whipping cream up the hose. It didn't reach the regulator, thankfully. I was too curious to stop, so I turned on the CO2 and carbonated the whipping cream. Once done I opened the bottle and it foamed up pretty good. I think it more than quadrupled the volume. I let it flow out into a bowl, then stuck it in the freezer to harden. I was pretty good, aside from the CO2 flavor, which is why they say to use Nitrogen gas for whipping cream I guess. It was a fun experiment, but I still need to change the hose.



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