To show how simple it is to make a quick soda. I left a 1-liter water bottle in the fridge for a few days.
I fill the tang to about the 1-quart line and empty the Tang into the water bottle with a funnel.
I then put in 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract. Everything’s a little better with vanilla!
I put on my Carbacap
I then set my C02 to 20psi and connect the ball lock to the Carbacap. I shake for 30 seconds, let the bottle rest for 30 seconds. I release the pressure, and try to remove as much air as possible. Then I connect the ball lock again and shake for 30 seconds, let the bottle rest for 30 seconds. I let then let the pressure out 1 more time. Then shake for 30 seconds then server. The new soda will stay carbonated for a while. Since the water was already cold, you have fresh cold soda almost on demand.
I really enjoyed Ecto-Cooler as a kid. I know it’s not carbonated, or alcoholic but I wanted to make it. I’ve heard that Coca-Cola still has the name copyright and may release the juice again. In the meantime, I’ve found a few site that have Ecto-cooler based clones. I’m going to try them, and I’m thinking about making an Ecto-cooler type of homebrew to enter in the Hoppy Halloween competition.
Site with Ecto-cooler clones:
Ghost busters Chicago Ecto-cooler clone
Smart Aleck Ecto-cooler clone
The first clone I tried was Smart Aleck’s because I already had the ingredients laying around. I used the whole kool-aid pack and I made 2 quarts like the Kool-aid pack instructs.
Since I’m used to looking at beer recipes I’m listing all ingredients and the process.
1/3 cup orange juice
2/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons tang
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 packet lemon lime Kool-aid
I started with an empty pitcher for tea. I put the orange juice in first followed by all of the other ingredients.
After I mixed up what I had in the pitcher, I filled up the pitcher to the 2-quart mark with cold tap water.
Stir and enjoy!
This clone is close, adjust to your taste.
Growing up in the 90’s citrus sodas like Moutain Dew, Mellow Yellow and Slice were my favorite. In recent years, there have been reports that say yellow 5 is not good for you. I was surprised when my citrus soda came out orange, but I’ll tell you how to make it. I think it is a good Moutain Dew tasting knock off, and I still put in 100 mg of caffeine to stay true to the original sodas.
I’m still carbonating my soda with a carbacap, to see how to use it See my cola page
To make my cirtus soda
This makes 1 liter of soda, 1 liter of water
3/4 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon lemon Kool-aid
1/4 teaspoon orange Kool-aid
1-second pour of lime juice
1/4 teaspoon citric acid
1/2 tablet Jet Alert (about 100 mg caffeine)
I put all ingredients in a large kettle. I only turn the heat on enough to dissolve all of the powders. I then pour the soda in a 1-liter bottle and put the bottle in the fridge. When I’m ready to drink the soda. I put the Carbacap on the 1-liter bottle. I turn my C02 up to 20 psi. I shake for 30 seconds with the carbacap and c02 on, then I let the soda sit for 30 seconds. The final step is to press the button on top of the carbacap to release the pressure. Do this process 1 more time, then fill the bottle with c02 and put in the fridge. I only leave the carbacap on for a few minutes before serving.