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
low cost, and children love it (and so will you).
1 cup of liquid, for example, fruit juice, tea or
flavored herbal tea,
pinch of yeast or a spoonful of yeast starter
Mix and put into a 1-pint
plastic soda pop bottle.
Screw top on securely.
plastic becomes firm and cannot be squeezed, the soda is
Refrigerate and drink.
can still be squeezed and is not ready to drink yet.
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
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.
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.
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
teaspoon of yeast in a cup of warm water for about 5 minutes
+ 1 teaspoon of
extract ?2 1/2 cups sugar syrup
?3 quarts + 1
cup of water Pour liquid into plastic
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.
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
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
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
When bottle is firm to the touch and cannot be squeezed, refrigerate
and drink within a few days.