12/2/2014 – I am a homebrewer and would like to make some soda pop for some friends. I normally keg and force carb all my beer. can I do the same with my soda pop? Do I even need to use yeast?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Heck yes. Cornelius kegs were originally used for soda pops.No need to add yeast at all. Just force carbonate and enjoy!
11/18/2014 – I tried making the orange soda years ago, and it had flavor but not carbonation. is there a good sugar to use and for the champange yeast which is recommended for the best results?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Years ago we did an experiment on this. Regular table sugar should work just fine as long as you store the bottles at about room temperature prior to refrigerating and drinking...BUT the addition of about 10% (or more) of dextrose (corn sugar) will shorten the time needed for carbonation to develop.
10/19/2013 – Is this the sort of flavoring I could add to seltzer water, with sweetener, or do I need to carbonate my own sodas? Also, do you list the ingredients anywhere? Thank you!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, these flavorings can be added to seltzer water and sweetener to make a nice pop!The ingredients are listed on the box of each flavoring, and vary with the flavor selected.
10/8/2010 – Im wanting to get into making soda and also wine but i have never even looked into it before. My question is is for making soda. How can i make a great tasting soda without having the yeast sludge in the soda or on the bottle? Im doing this on a very small budget so any tips u can provide for me will be greatly appricated.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I think you'll find that any yeast "sludge" is really very minor. It sticks to the bottom and you simply pour off the good soda.The way to completely eliminate this small amount of yeast is to force carbonate your soda pop. To do this you'll need a kegging system, which is an additional expense, but pays for itself over time. See the link . . .
9/30/2010 – I plan on mixing rootbeer and force carbonating it. Do I still add the sugar, or do I just use the extract and water?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You'll need to add sugar to the extract in order to sweeten it, but no additional sugar to carbonate it.In other words, just sweeten to taste, force carbonate, and enjoy!
7/22/2010 – Is it possible to make hard root beer? I remember having a bottle of hard root beer in college back in the day but haven't found any recipe's to make it myself. Any suggestions?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It can be done, but not in the standard way (stirring together flavors, sugar, water and yeast). You would need a complete kegging system (about $250), and add alcohol (like vodka) to the rootbeer ingredients. You would then "force" carbonate the rootbeer to make it fizzy!
12/17/2009 – I got Your Root beer extract. The instructions are for natural carbonated I will be using a CO2 Tank. I would like to know the amount of mix per gal. for extract and if I need to add sugar how much to start?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: When kegging your rootbeer, you simply omit the yeast and force carbonate in the keg using CO2.One bottle of concentrate make about 4 gallons of soda. You can adjust the amount of concentrate to suite your taste, of course. Same with the sugar. About 8 cups is normal for a 4 gallon batch.
9/16/2009 – I would like to force carbonate some rootbeer at what psi should I force it at and for how long. then what psi should I dispense it at.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You can "force carbonate" your soda by putting it into the keg, refrigerating it, and turning up the pressure to about 25-30 psi. Let it sit overnight, shake it a bit, and the CO2 will go into solution. Shake it more, you get your carbonation faster. If you want more carbonation, let it sit longer.Just be sure to turn the pressure down . . .
6/10/2009 – Im trying to find some heavy, unthreaded glass 12 oz. bottles for my root beer brewing...Do you have any idea where I can find them?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Sure, from us!Here is a link to that product
11/17/2008 – Are the soda extracts you sell caffeine free?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes. All are caffeine free!
3/24/2008 – Would the Red Star Pasteur Champagne yeast work well for making root beer?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, that would be a good yeast to use. Very neutral flavor, works fast.
1/26/2008 – I live about an hour (if traffic is good) from the address on your website. Do you have an actual store or is everything here based solely online?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we have an actual brick-and-mortar store in Everett, WA. People actually walk in and buy stuff!Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204Heck, you can actually call us on the phone, too! It's 425-355-8865. A person will actually answer as long as it's business hours!
6/22/2007 – What is the conversion factor for using honey or molasses,in addition too or substitute to sugar, in my rootbeer? How would either change the flavor?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Both will add flavor as well as sweetness. More of a "richer" sweetness for honey. With molasses, well, it simply adds more of a molsasses taste. As my father-in-law says "it depends on how many moles you use!"Figure on using about 20% more of each, compared to granulated sugar.
5/2/2007 – I'm going to get back into the soda making racket and I still have some old extracts (about 7 years old). How long do the last after opening? Some smell fine, others smell weird. Also, I'd like to try force cabonating the soda so not to have the layer of yeast sludge, but can I force carbonate and then add the soda to bottles? Will it . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 1) I would definately discard the weird smelling ones, altho I don't know why any of them would go bad. I am assuming they were SEALED for the entire 7 years. If not, they could oxidize, I suppose. Once opened, I would expect them to be ok for at least 6 months, maybe much more. Not sure, really.2) Yes, you can force carbonate, and then . . .
4/17/2007 – For four gallons of soda, like the flavoring here suggests it makes, how much of the Lavlin yeast suggested here will I need?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For our soda flavors, use about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon per 4 gallons. One 5 gram package is more than enough for this much.
2/25/2007 – I have been reading the homemade soda book (as sold on your site) while impatiently awaiting my order from Homebrew Heaven. In the book, the author cautions that he has a problem with bottles of his root beer exploding if stored at room temperature, due to the ongoing yeast action. Has this been your experience as well?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Like many things questions...it depends. If you are referring to the Homebrew Soda Extracts, no, we haven't seen that due to the preservatives in the soda extract that prevent over-carbonation.If you are referring to the Zatarain's soda extract, yes, we have heard of this happening. It doesn't have the preservatives, and so after the . . .
1/4/2007 – if i order a soda extract what else do i need ie:yeast? etc
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Just use the concentrate, some champagne yeast and sugar. As far as equipment, you'll need something to mix it in, and strong bottles and caps. These can be glass, and you can apply caps with a capper, or you can use plastic screw type bottle. Don't forget some sanitizer, too.
8/22/2006 – Have you stopped selling a Cola mix, or is it just out of stock?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Neither, actually. It is available as a drop-down option for this product. Order away!
12/6/2005 – Do you have to boil the water when adding the mix? If not, what temperature should you add the yeast?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No. Boiling is not necessary.The yeast should be added at about room temperature.
9/10/2005 – Can you also put the root beer in a 5 gallon keg?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absolutely. That is what they were originally designed for.
6/17/2005 – I've made/drank many batches of beer, but now I'm pregnant and I want to make Ginger Ale instead to help with my morning sickness. I have a cornelius keg, but no CO2 tank. Do I have to force carbonate my soda if I keg it, or can I use yeast?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Congratulations on your new little brewer bundle!No, you can carbonate the ginger ale with yeast, but after you dispense some of it, there will be no more pressure to force the soda pop out of the keg. After the pressure is gone, it will then go flat inside the keg. You COULD get a Portable Keg Charger to provide the CO2 "push" after you . . .
5/20/2005 – Hi - Love your store and am now just about a regular - I hope. Can you give me a Cliff Notes version of soda making - what I need, supplies, how to, etc. I think it would be fun for my kids. They would love to make rootbeer, I think.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Thank YOU, Kim. Making soda pop is easy, real easy. To give it a try, order a few flavors, and start saving your plastic soda bottles...the kind you buy soda in now. They will wash out nicely, just save the caps.The soda flavors come with complete instructions, but here is the "Cliff Notes" version:To make 4 gallons:Stir together . . .
5/3/2005 – I have a question concerning Beer and POP can you force carbonation it and then bottle it? will this reduce the carbonation or the taste?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it can be done without affecting the carbonation (much) or the taste.The BEST way to fill bottles from a cornelius keg system is using a counterpressure bottle filler. It purges and fills your bottles in an all CO2 enviroment, and fills them from the bottom to minimize foaming. Below is a link to this item:If you don't have . . .
4/9/2005 – This isn’t really a question but a tip for the soda pop makers out there: After you bottle your soda place bottles in a plastic storage bin (with cover) and place bin in an out of the way spot for fermentation to take place. Should you have a bottle burst it will greatly minimize the cleanup!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Good advice, if using glass bottles. Plastic is much safer.
4/6/2005 – ...I am interested in making two beverages, Mead (honey wine) and Soda (preferably cream soda or birch beer). I was wondering if you could tell me exactly what supplies I would need that you offer. I have never done any brewing of any sort and you help is greatly appreciated.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For a traditional (still) mead, we recommend our Complete Wine Making Equipment Kit (5 gallon). It has all the necessary hardware. Link to that product is shown below.We also have a Nectar of the Gods mead kit for all the ingredients.Soda pop isn't really "brewed" at all, just stirred together and bottled. If you use plastic soda bottles . . .
2/6/2005 – If you force carbonate the soda extract do you carbonate the water and sugar first and then add the extract or do it all at once and what’s the difference?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, you typically do it all at once. Can't think of a reason to do it otherwise.
1/25/2005 – I recently bottled orange soda and rootbeer using: the Homebrew extract, champagne yeast (1/2 tsp for 2gal orange and 1/4 tsp for 2 gal rootbeer), and sugar. At what point (if any) in the carbonation/aging process can I feel safe that my glass bottles will not explode? Or are they ticking timebombs until I drink them?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: First of all, there is no reason to believe they are "timebombs". A good way to know at what point they are carbonated is to bottle at least part of the batch in a plastic (PET) bottle. Doing it this way, you can squeeze the bottle and determine when it is fully carbonated, and ready to drink. This may take a week or a month...depending on . . .
1/4/2005 – I was wondering, when you carbonate the soda do you still end up with the thin layer of trub in the bottom of the bottle?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, if you are bottling your soda. No, if you are kegging (force carbonating) it.
12/26/2004 – IM LOOKING FOR RASEBERRY SODA POP FLAVORING DO YOU HAVE IT AND HOW MUCH IS IT
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we have it for $8.50(There is a drop down selection for that product with lots of other flavors also)
11/27/2004 – Several other websites have mentioned the possibility of bottles (plastic or glass) blowing up because the soda continues to carbonate unless stopped by refrigeration. You don't mention that anywhere here. Is it true? That's the only thing that has held me back from making some.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: This brand of soda extract has a preservative in it that limits the amount of carbonation produced. Others do not, and you need to be more careful.A good way to be safe is to bottle SOME of it (a bottle or two) in plastic soda bottle like you buy at the store. When the bottles are hard, the whole batch is carbonated. To prevent overcarbonation . . .
11/26/2004 – What is the difference between ginger ale and ginger beer? I see that you have both in your soda, oops pop, section.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Flavors are hard to descibe, but I would have to call ginger beer more "beer-like" than ginger ale. It is also darker in color.
10/23/2004 – In making root beer (or other sodas), if I choose to replace the standard sugar with honey or brown sugar, what is the comparable rate? In other words, how much honey in place of a cup of sugar, etc...?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: By weight, the are all very close to the same. It's more a matter of how you want it to taste.
9/3/2004 – I've been to a few microbrew festivals and had some EXCELLENT hard rootbeer and cola. Could these kits be adjusted to give a decent abv?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absolutely. Many people alter the basic instructions/recipe to achieve the soda they are after. Alterations include:using more concentrateusing honey in place of some of the sugarusing maltodextrin for more bodyusing brown sugar in place of whiteadding vanilla, and other spicescombining the various flavorsIn short, you are . . .
8/31/2004 – Can I bottle rootbeer in 1/2 or 1 gallon glass jugs.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No. Those bottle are not designed for internal pressure, and may blow up!
8/29/2004 – how many packets of wine yeast do you add to the root beer batch and where do you get malltodextrin
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It takes less than one packet of wine yeast per batch. We have maltodextrin. Here is a link to that product:
7/19/2004 – My favorite soda is Vanilla Coke. I'd like to make it and put on tap in a 5 gallon keg. Should I mix cola extract with cream soda extract, or cola with a vanilla flavoring? I'd hate to ruin 5 gallons of soda to figure this out.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I'll confess that I haven't tried this modification. My guess, however, is to use the cola extract with vanilla flavoring. You would probably have to use a lot of cream soda flavoring to get the flavor you are after. Just a guess!Another twist is to add a whole vanilla bean, and let it sit for a week or two before drinking.
7/1/2004 – Hi, do you sell the ingredients needed for sarsparilla? I did not see it. If so in what section? If not do you have suggestion on where I can get it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We have sarsaparilla soda flavoring that you can use to make pop. It is shown below.It is a selectable flavor in the Homebrew Soda Flavor item. There are lots of other flavors there as well.
6/23/2004 – If I order a soda extract, what else do I need to make a batch of soda?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For ingredients, you'll need water, sugar and yeast. We recommend champagne yeast.For equipment, you'll need a bucket, a long spoon, some bottles, caps and capper. Oh yes, some sanitizer is good too.
4/30/2004 – I currently have a full sized kegerator. I'm considering replacing the single tap with a dual tap tower, and adding a splitter for the C02. If I do that is there any reason I couldn't put home made soda through one tap, and beer through the other?Thanks!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absolutely not. The only thing to be careful of is running a higher pressure in one keg than the other (like if you are force carbonating the soda). If you don't equalize the pressure between them, you can have the soda back up thru the gas line, into your beer. Yuck.
3/25/2004 – If you force carbonate soda do you add the same amount of sugar or less since the yeast is no longer dissolving any of it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I suppose to be consistant, you would use less. The amount of sugar used for carbonation (by the yeast) is not very much, however. It is usually about 1 cup per 5 gallons.
3/19/2004 – I would like to know how you would rate you soda extract kits if I followed the direction's that they come with. Would you rate the end product as like a name brand soda or an off brand or possibly somewhere in between? I usally only drink pepsi and good root beer and cream soda. Do you think that it is possible to add a little carmel to . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I'll confess that I'm no soda pop connoisseur, but I would rate them as very good. I've made root beer, ginger beer (my favorite) and cream soda. With any of the extracts, it's easy to "alter" them to your tastes by using more (or less) extract to obtain a "premium" soda flavor. Many people also use honey in their root beer for added flavor . . .
2/19/2004 – If I use a keg & co2 to carbonate my soda, do I still add yeast? Can I bottle it after carbonation, or does it have to stay in the keg? Does the keg need to be refrigerated at all?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: If you use a keg and CO2 to carbonate, there is no need to add yeast at all. You can bottle it after it is cabonated if you wish...it does foam somewhat when dispensing, but we can help with that. The soda will carbonate easier (faster) if the keg is refrigerated, but it is not essential. The keg does not need refrigeration after that. . . .
1/24/2004 – How come the yeast does not create alcohol? And what is the yeast for?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Wine yeast DOES create alcohol. The function of yeast in making wine is to convert sugars into alcohol and CO2. When making soda pops, there is a preservative that prevents the yeast from converting too much of the sugars into alcohol, however. Normally you end up with less than 1/2 of 1 percent alcohol. The yeast in this case is used . . .
11/21/2003 – Can you make any of the soda pop sugar free?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: To make it completely sugar free, you must use a keg to force carbonate it. There is a LOW calorie version recipe in the box, however, using artificial sweetener and just a very small amount of real sugar (for the bottle carbonation).
11/2/2003 – My father wants to make root beer. I understand that you have ingredients for the root beer but where can i get the equipment to bottle and make the root beer in?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Right here at Homebrew Heaven! We have bottling equipment in the Beer Brewing section, and food grade buckets etc in the Carboys/Fermenters section.See below for the links to take you there
10/14/2003 – Can you mix the soda extract with water in a 5 gal. cornelius keg and then force carbonate it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absolutely! That's the best way possible, in my ( not so) humble opinion.
10/3/2003 – If you make rootbeer and let it sit long enough, does the yeast fermentation create any significant amount of alcohol?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not really. It produces less than 1/2 of 1% alcohol. It would take a heckofalota soda pop to give a buzz.
9/24/2003 – My husband wants to make homemade root beer and bottle it for future use, what kind of supplies do we need to start?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The easy way is to use the concentrate that we sell, some wine yeast and sugar. As far as equipment, you'll need something to mix it in, and strong bottles and caps. These can be glass, and you can apply caps with a capper, or you can use plastic screw type bottle. Don't forget some sanitizer, too.
9/6/2003 – As with your beer brewing kits, are the soda making kits complete? Nothing like brewing with the family, but the kids aren't going to be allowed to test the beer.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The soda extracts are the flavorings necessary to make soda pop, and have instructions on how to use them. We sell the yeast separately. You can use plain, household sugar, or corn sugar (we sell that separately also). Oh yes..you'll need water!It will also be necessary to provide bottles, caps etc. and something to stir it all together . . .
8/17/2003 – Is this the proper champagne wine yeast to use in making home rootbeer? If not what is? I was told to use dry ice or champagne yeast. If this is right , how do I use it and how much?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, this yeast will work well. For our soda flavors, use about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon per 4 gallons. One 5 gram package is more than enough for this much. For "other" recipes, flavors etc...frankly, I don't know.
7/28/2003 – I have never made soda. How long does it take, and what is the shelf life? I was thinking about making some for my children at Christmas.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Good idea! Kids love seeing (and helping) with the process, as well as drinking the product. It takes about a half-hour to stir it together, and about 2-3 weeks for the soda to fully carbonate. If you bottle into plastic (soda) bottles, you can tell it's ready when the bottles are hard.
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