The process for making soda is very simple and fun! Each extract kit will have their own specific directions, but we’ll give you a general run down of how it works.
PLEASE NOTE: The Sprecher extracts can ONLY be made with a kegging system.
Clean & Sanitize any equipment that is going to come in contact with the soda, including bottles (you will be using them right away) Midwest recommends using Easy Clean, One Step, or Saniclean for this step.
Add water and sugar to pot or kettle according to the directions that came with the extract you chose in the amounts you are planning on making. Bring sugar solution to a boil for 2-3 minutes, or until sugar is completely dissolved. Cool sugar solution to below 80°F.
Add sugar solution and extract to bottling bucket. Stir well. Add champagne yeast to bottling bucket. Stir well.
Attach tubing and bottle filler to spigot. Fill bottles to the top of the neck. Cap.
That is all there is to it! Leave the bottles at room temperature for 3-5 days until they are hard to squeeze. This is why we recommend using plastic bottles over glass ones. See our FAQ titled “Why do you want to use plastic bottles over glass ones?” for more information. Once the bottles are hard, all bottles must go into the refrigerator to prevent over-carbonation.
Some helpful hints on how to make soda
You do not have to boil the sugar and water, but it is recommended in order to allow the sugar to dissolve better.
It is very important to pay attention to the amount of time the soda has been in the bottle during carbonation. The yeast has a lot of sugar to work with in a very confined area, and it won’t take long for a soda to over-carbonate. Make sure to place the soda in the fridge as soon as you feel it is carbonated. You might want to open and test a bottle for carbonation before placing them in the fridge.
Plastic bottles can be reused several times. Make sure they are free of any debris before using. Commercial plastic bottles also work well, so feel free to save your 2 liter pop bottles.