RECIPE MAKES (2) 1 GALLON BATCHES.
BIRCH BEER SODA POP
The beast comes from deep in the woods. Earthy and minty, it will attack your senses with its spicy flavor. This is a rare case where the bite is indeed as bad as the (birch) bark.
- (1) Bottle of Soda Flavoring
- (2) packets of Flavor Enhancer
- (1) packet of Yeast
- (2) packets of One Step No-Rinse Cleanser
You wil need
- Table Sugar (2 1/4 cups/gallon)
For best results, use bottled spring water or charcoal-filtered tap water. Sanitize everything that comes in contact with your soda.
1 GALLON BREWING INSTRUCTIONS FOR THIS RECIPE
Follow the steps outlined in the instructions that came with your brewing system. If you don't have these, download a copy below.
SANITIZE ALL EQUIPMENT THAT COMES IN CONTACT WITH YOUR SODA.
Since soda is mostly water, the better the water the better your recipe. For best results refrigerate your water overnight before starting this recipe.
- 2.1. Add 1/2 cup of room temperature water to the sanitized cereal bowl, then add 1/2 tsp. of sugar and 1/4 tsp. of yeast. Set this bowl aside. This is your yeast mixture.
- 2.2. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a clean 3 quart pot. At first sign of bubbling, slowly stir in 2 1/4 cups of table sugar and 1 packet of flavor enhancer. Mix until sugar has fully dissolved. Make sure sugar does not clump or stick to the bottom of the pot.
- 2.3. Let boil for 5 minutes, then remove from heat and turn off the stove. Slowly stir in 1/2 bottle (1 ounce) of soda flavoring. Mix well and set aside. This is your base mixture.
- 2.4. Add cold (chilled) water to the “start” level (located on the side of your fermenter). Pour your mixture from the pot into the fermenter, then bring the volume of your fermenter to the “fill” level by adding more cold water. Stir vigorously.
- 2.5. Once the temperature inside the fermenter is between 62°- 84° F add your yeast mixture, stir and place on your lid (with vent plug).
- 2.6. Place the fermenter out of direct sunlight and maintain a temperature between 62°- 84° F for approximately 6-8 hours or overnight (if necessary).
After 6-8 hours the mixture in your fermenter should be ready to bottle!
Since nobody likes flat soda, the steps below will naturally carbonate your recipe. First you will need to sanitize your bottles and caps.
- 3.1. Fill (4) 1 liter bottles half full with warm water. Add 1/8 tsp. of your remaining One Step Cleanser to each bottle, push on cap and give it a few turns (Do not fully tighten). Shake each bottle until One Step has completely dissolved, then wait 2 minutes.
- 3.2. Remove caps and drain bottles. Add 2 1/2 tsp. of table sugar to each bottle. Different bottle sizes require different sugar amounts (see chart included with your brewing system).
- 3.3. Use the tap to fill each bottle about 1/2 inch above the base of the neck. Now remove the excess oxygen by gently squeezing each bottle until the liquid works its way up the neck, when it gets to the top cap your bottle. Once the caps are securely tightened, invert each bottle several times to dissolve the sugar. Do not shake bottles.
- 3.4. Place the bottles upright and out of direct sunlight. Maintain a temperature between 64°- 84° F for approximately 5-7 days until bottles become firm to the touch.
CHECK EACH BOTTLE DAILY. WHEN THEY BECOME FIRM LIKE A NEW BOTTLE OF SODA, PLACE THEM IN THE FRIDGE OVERNIGHT.
NOW CALL YOUR FRIENDS AND ENJOY! FOR BEST RESULTS COLD CONDITION FOR 1 WEEK.