Good point but I guess working with extracts or concentrates you don't
have choice of what is put in them. Also mention was made of need to
use food grade carbon dioxide. I think you'll find oil in industrial
One of the most important ingredients in any homebrew food
product is "expectations".
If you're trying to make something that tastes like "coke",
you're likely to be disappointed.
If you're trying to make a carbonated beverage that doesn't
taste awful, you'll have more success.
Carbonated water doesn't taste awful after you get used to it ;-)
Luckily, the single-blind test I did with the wife & kids of the three
colas (Coke, store brand, and Soda Stream) came out OK on taste.
The problem I'm trying to solve is to lower the cost of the cola syrup.
The kids think so.
However, I created lemon extract at home simply by scraping lemon peel
zest into vodka, which I used to flavor the "adult" carbonated water.
Here's a picture of that home made lemon extract (in the small jar):
True. The kids think carbonated water is god awful.
The wife, on the other hand, enjoys a bottle with just a few drops of my
home-made lemon extract.
For the lemon extract, I simply steep zested peels (the yellow, not the
white inside of the rind) in the strongest cheapest concentration of
ethanol I can find (which is Vodka).
Unfortunately, I'm paying the "alcohol sin tax", even though the point
isn't to 'drink' the alcohol used.
BTW, is there a cheaper source of strong ethanol other than Vodka?
On Tue, 29 Jan 2013 10:39:37 -0700, chaniarts wrote:
Hmmm... I never heard of it (but I'm admittedly not a connoisseur of hard
liquors by any stretch of the imagination).
Looking it up, it's ethanol from corn (versus Vodka, which is ethanol
It looks like I can get 190 proof (95% ethanol) so that would be perfect
as the Vodka I'm buying is only something like 100 proof (50%).
On Wed, 30 Jan 2013 19:40:15 +0000 (UTC), "Danny D."
That's how it's made. Alcohol and water *CANNOT* be distilled above
95%. Impossible. To make "pure" alcohol, one adds 5% benzene to the
95% alcohol/water mix and then distills the alcohol off from that.
There will always be a trace of benzene in the resulting alcohol;
enough that you really don't want to drink it.
I remember drinking these bottles a very long while ago.
Maybe I shouldn't have.
BTW, there is NOTHING about the benzene being in the ingredients.
It says it's pure ethanol, USP.
The tax stamp goes across the cap and down each side.
Didn't all liquor have these stamps in the olden days?
They certainly don't have them now.
On Thu, 31 Jan 2013 03:31:42 +0000 (UTC), "Danny D."
Well... <gazes down at his shoes...>
USP is branding. They don't include trace chemicals.
I've seen a *lot* of those bottles. When I was in college we used to
use the stuff for cleaning electronics. Without the taxes, it's
Just asking. I don't think I've bought a bottle of liquor for at
least a decade, probably two or more. I still have an unopened bottle
of Chevas Royal Salute my MIL brought back from England (duty free) in
'84, I think.
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