Introduction: Easy Homemade Soda (Soft Drink)

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The best old school soda is made not with a carbonation device but with yeast! The base recipe can be modified with just about anything. I mean just about anything, there are no limits. Use what's in season, what's cheap at the farmer's market or just with the tastes you love. This base recipe makes about 2 liters.

Ingredients

1/2 cup sugar - you can adjust this to taste and according to the sweetness of the fruit

Water

Yeast - champagne or ale yeast. After some practice you can use a wild yeast

Fruit of your choice. eg : watermelon, ginger,apple, strawberry

Juice of 1 or 2 lemons or limes

Pinch of salt

Equipment

Saucepan

Measuring jug

Blender

Wooden spoon

Funnel

Bottles, can be glass or plastic

Disclaimer: This drink has a small amount of alcohol. The byproduct of fermentation is alcohol.The short fermentation process limits the production of alcohol. If the drink is fermented for the recommend time it usually is less then 0.5%.

Step 1: Making the Base

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Depending on the fruit you are using - Peel, juice and/or pulp your fruitand set aside. I am using mandarin orange so I am just using the freshly squeezed juice. If I was using ginger I would boil it with water to bring out the flavor. Use your own judgement, try different things.

I have squeezed 1 liter of juice. Again this is flexible and you may use less or more.

In large saucepan - Bring a cup of water, sugar and salt to the boil.

Step 2: Bottling

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Add juice to plastic 2 liter bottle. You can use glass, but it's good to fill a small plastic bottle out of each batch to help test when it's ready. With practice you will be able to use just glass.

Top up with sugar syrup, lemon juice and extra water if needed.

When cooled add a pinch of yeast. Give it a shake and leave in warm place.

Let stand to 12 to 48 hours. Feel the bottle - when it is rock hard the soda is carbonated.

Refrigerate now to stop fermentation. It needs to be stored in the fridge, so fermentation doesn't start again and over carbonate your bottle. After a day or 2 in the refrigerator it is ready to drink.

Step 3: Ready to Drink

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Open slowly - it may be really fizzy!

Serve ice cold!

Make any flavor you like. I like

  • Apple, ginger and beetroot
  • Watermelon and mint
  • Strawberry
  • Starfruit
  • Ginger
  • My personal favorite Wild raspberry with a drop of vanilla for a yummy sweet creamy soda.

The garden of the world has no limits, except in your mind. So go out there and play!

Comments

thriftyhiker (author)2016-07-03

LOL I love the internet. Ask a simple question and get lectured on parenting. What you mentioned is simply mixing 2 ingredients together. This recipe is more of an experiment.

Thanks for the response, team why.

razz1969 (author)2016-06-28

What you are making is a basic beer..... not soda.

teamwhy (author)razz19692016-06-30

I don't know if I would call it beer, beer is normally made with a grain and fermented with the aim to make a drink that has a 3-5% alcohol. This drink is made with fruit juice with a quick ferment just for carbonation and depending on length of fermentation a very small amount. About the same a Kombucha.

thriftyhiker (author)2016-06-23

How sure are you on the alcohol content? Just wondering if I should do this with my 8 and 10 year old.

I don't think you should ever give your kids alcohol. Even innocent drinks like this one might foster a taste for alcohol that will escalate as the kids grow. A simple and healthy soda for kids (and adults) can easily be made by diluting frozen juice concentrate like grape juice with carbonated water instead of plain water. Easy, free of added sugar, and healthy!

teamwhy (author)thriftyhiker2016-06-23

I can't guarantee the content as I am not making it with you in your kitchen. But as long as you follow the steps and not let it brew for to long it will be fine. (if you did the bottle would exploed anyways) My kids drink it, I more have a issue with the amount of sugar in it for my kids. And only give my kids a cup as a special treat.

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