How to Make Homemade Soda (Rootbeer, Orange, Ginger, Cream…)

Homemade soda’s are not too hard to make. They just require a bit of time.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Sugar, Water, A bottle, A funnel, Flavoring (I recommend Vanilla extract), and Yeast (preferably Champagne Yeast if you can find it. You can get this at a homebrew shop, but if you can’t baker’s yeast will work as well), cheese cloth (optional)

1) Find a normal sized 500ml soda bottle. This is the small one, but you can double, or quadruple the ratios if you’re using a 1 or 2 Liter bottle.

2) Put a 1/4 cup of sugar into the bottle with a funnel.

3) Take 1 tablespoon of a flavoring of your choice and put it through the funnel.

4) Now put 1/16 of a teaspoon of yeast into the bottle. Careful to not put too much or too little. If you put too much it may taste like bread, and if you put too little it won’t carbonate very well.

5) Fill the bottle up with water leaving about an inch on top and then tilt the bottle up and down to mix everything together.

6) Store the bottle in a warm area for 24-48 hours. Careful if it’s very hot out because the bottle might explode. Test the pressure on the bottle by squeezing the sides. If it feels like a normal soda would, it’s done.

7) If you have a cheese cloth you can filter out the yeast. If not, you can just drink it as is. The yeast won’t kill you, it just looks weird.

8) Refrigerate to stop the yeast.

9) Enjoy!

Some Good Guides to Specific Sodas:

Root Beer Soda

Cream Soda

Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer

Make your Own Syrups and Flavorings including sarsaparilla

Go here for a tutorial on how to make cheese, butter, curds, and whey!

And here for to learn how to make homemade eggnog.

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2 responses to “How to Make Homemade Soda (Rootbeer, Orange, Ginger, Cream…)

  1. Nick

    This isn’t soda. It tastes more like wine than it doesn’t soda. Do not use this recipe when wanting children to drink it. A fair warning we should’ve gotten was that yeast and sugar makes alcohol, so do not give this to children because it is NOT soda pop.

  2. I know this is about a year later, but really Nick? Yeast + Sugar = alcohol and CO2. This is how carbonated beverages were made for years. And it shouldn’t taste like wine if you only kept it out for 24-48 hours. Yes, it will have a slight alcohol flavor and a bit of alcohol, but it’s minimal. Ease up and don’t be such a tight***. If you don’t like making soda the traditional way then don’t. Go buy yourself a Soda Stream.

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