By making carbonated soda at home, you can have a cool and refreshing cola at your convenience. You'll save money and you'll never have to worry about trips to the grocery store during a carbonated soda craving. Carbonation machines are available, but tend to be quite costly. With a little bit of know-how, you can carbonate your very own pop. Additionally, soda carbonation makes a wonderful science project because, in this process, you'll be producing the carbon dioxide naturally through fermentation.
In order to carbonate soda, you will need:
- Two empty two-liter soda bottles
- 2 1/4 cups sugar
- A gallon jug
- 1/8 teaspoon Yeast
- Coffee cup
- Soda flavoring
- Measuring spoons
For those watching their weight, you can make diet soda by replacing the sugar with a sugar substitute like Splenda.
- Dissolve 1/8 teaspoon of yeast into the coffee cup filled with warm water. Stir until completely dissolved. This should take about five minutes. You want to be sure to use the right amount of yeast to carbonate the soda.
- Mix 2 1/4 cups sugar with a tablespoon and a half of the soda flavoring. Add the dissolved yeast mixture. Pour into the gallon jug. Add enough water to the jug to fill it.
- Shake the jug for about three minutes. You want to shake vigorously enough to dissolve the sugar. Pour half the mixture into each empty two-liter bottle. Twist the caps on the bottles tightly. Now all that is left to do is wait for your soda to carbonate. The carbonation process should take about four to six days. Once the time has passed, twist of the cap and listen for the fizz. Enjoy your homemade soda.