Brew Soda Pop
In the old days, homemakers would make a batch of beer or ale for the adults and then make a 2nd batch of "small beer", what we would recognize as soda pop, for the children. This fizzy homebrew contains protein-rich brewers' yeast, enzymes, C and B vitamins, at low cost, and children love it (and so will you).


2 tablespoons sugar syrup
1 cup of liquid, for example, fruit juice, tea or flavored herbal tea, or water.
pinch of yeast or a spoonful of yeast starter or wild yeast


Mix and put into a 1-pint plastic soda pop bottle.

Screw top on securely.
When plastic becomes firm and cannot be squeezed, the soda is carbonated. Refrigerate and drink.

This bottle is not ready.This bottle can still be squeezed and is not ready to drink yet.

You may have to make this a few times to fine-tune the proportions of sugar syrup, flavoring, yeast, and time and temperature until you get it to what works for you.

. Variations 

Add a few drops of any flavoring extract to make a flavored soda.

Make your own flavorings.
To add spices or roots for flavoring, put the spices and roots into the water and set it over very low, slow heat for a day or two before using it to mix with sugar. Popular spices are: nutmeg, clove, licorice root, star anise and ginger. (Star Anise is an ancient Chinese rememdy to ward off the flu. Put a few pods of this delicious spice in the teapot while brewing the tea to make your soda.

The sugar can be from many sources, such as malt extract, corn syrup, golden syrup, rice syrup and white sugar. (High fructose corn syrup is not recommended.) You can reduce the sugar in your soda somewhat by substituting some of it with stevia. You cannot eliminate the sugar altogether because some is needed to provide food for the yeast to eat so they will carbonate the soda.

Yeast is best if it is alive and active, coming from a previous batch. If you have to start with dry yeast, it may take a while to get going. Making soda in a "never-ending" fashion, always using the dregs of the last bottle to start the next bottle, means you only have to go through waiting for the yeast to wake up once. How to harvest wild yeast.

Lactoferment Fruit
You can make a lacto-fermented fruit soda by subsituting kefir whey for yeast and adding some fruit juice to your soda.

. Using dry yeast and store-bought flavoring extracts to make one gallon of soda 
dissolve 1/8 teaspoon of yeast in a cup of warm water for about 5 minutes

Mix together:
?1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon of flavoring extract
?2 1/2 cups sugar syrup
?3 quarts + 1 cup of water

Pour liquid into plastic soda bottles, leaving a few inches of headspace at the top.
Cap tightly and wait 4-6 days, or until bottle is firm to the touch and cannot be squeezed.
Refrigerate and drink.

.No-Cook Soda Pop 

Equipment needed:
2 2-liter or half-gallon plastic soda pop bottle with screw-on lids.
A large 1-gallon bottle with secure fitting cap
Ceramic coffee mug

Natural extract soda flavorings, such as pekmez, elderberry syrup, vanilla or store-bought organic flavoring extracts
2 1/4 cups of sugar
1/8 teaspoon dry yeast (wine, ale or bread yeast will all work)
1 cup of warm water (water should feel warm but not hot)
(1 cup of yeast starter may be used instead dry yeast and warm water)

Put warm water into ceramic mug. Dissolve yeast in water and keep warm while stirring with a plastic spoon for 5 minutes. (If necessary, put mug in hot water to keep water in mug warm, but do not allow water in mug to get hot to the point of being painful to touch.)

Mix together 2 1/4 cups of white sugar, 20 mls (1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon) of flavoring extract, the dissolved yeast
(yeast starter) and enough extra water to make 1 gallon in the gallon jug.
Shake to mix for about 2 minutes or until the sugar is completely dissolved in the water.
Pour half the liquid into each of the two 2-liter bottles, cap tightly and wait 4-6 days.
You can tell how your carbonation is coming along by just squeezing the bottles. If they get too firm open the cap and let off a little of the carbonation.

When bottle is firm to the touch and cannot be squeezed, refrigerate and drink within a few days.

. Cream Soda 

Mix 1/4 cup of sugar syrup with 500 mls water, 1 tablespoon vanilla and 1/4 cups of yeast starter. Put into a liter or quart plastic soda pop bottle and screw on top. Leave at room temperature until bottle is hard and cannot be squeezed. Refrigerate and drink within a few days.

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