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Old 10-27-2013, 06:34 PM   #1
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Making carbonated drink, alternative to soda?

My kids drink far too much soda and I would like to offer them an alternative that is healthier and still enjoyable to drink. I already make my own carbonated lemon aid which is delicious. I'd like to try something else. Does anyone have suggestions for me?

Btw, I will start small making single drinks till I find something I like. After that I'll make larger batches. I used to brew beer so I have a nice mini fridge, kegs, co2, etc. So whatever I make I can have "on tap".

Thanks for any suggestions!

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Old 10-27-2013, 06:40 PM   #2
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Lots of folks swear by the SodaStream system. I don't have one, but it sure looks tempting.
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Old 10-27-2013, 06:41 PM   #3
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I saw that thread and it does sound like people like it. Since I have my own carbonation system I don't really need something like that though. I just need recipe ideas for drinks. Thank you.
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Old 10-27-2013, 06:58 PM   #4
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I love ginger ale. Maybe some ginger root and stevia or agave syrup? Another thought, pomegranate juice and similar sweetener.
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Old 10-27-2013, 08:44 PM   #5
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I love seltzer and cranberry juice cocktail. I put about a cup of the cranberry juice to a liter of the carbonated water. There is no reason that you could not make it with almost any kind of 100% juice. Hmm.....maybe I will try it with apple cider.
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:10 PM   #6
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As far as homemade soft drinks go, I like Ginger Beer myself. In fact, I just started a gallon of it today. Below is a link to the recipe I use. Note that I prefer brown sugar, and I also use Cote des Blancs or Premier Cuvee wine yeast instead of the bread yeast called for. This recipe has a real nice zing of ginger. If you don't like it that potent, just cut back the amount used.

http://www.scienceinschool.org/repos...gingerbeer.pdf
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:03 AM   #7
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That looks like a good recipe but 3/4 cups of sugar for 2 liters...is that better than soda pop?
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That looks like a good recipe but 3/4 cups of sugar for 2 liters...is that better than soda pop?
I don't know, but I suspect a lot of that sugar gets used by the yeast.
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:29 AM   #9
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That's a good point regarding the sugar. Leaving it at room temperature for the recommended 48 hours would probably be long enough for the yeast to consume most of the sugar. Since I would be force carbonating I could potentially get by with less sugar. I'll have to think that over.
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If you make some simple syrup, you can make up your beverage without sugar and then add simple syrup to taste. Then you will have an idea of how much sugar it needs/you like.
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