Soda making

Vanilla Tang soda

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.



Soda making

Ecto-Cooler clone

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.




2 quarts

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.


Soda making

Make a Citrus Soda

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.