Making your own cola is easy with a Carbacap.
You can just get soda syrups or buy Sodastream syrups. I first tried the cola Sodastream syrup. I found Sodastream syrup to have a slight diet like taste, so I decided to doctor the flavors myself.
Besides this soda experiment I’ve done a few other experiments like Ecto Cooler Clone.
I have 1 liter bottles, recipe is for 1 liter of cola.
Pour 1 liter of water in a large kettle.
Add 3/4 Cup sugar
1 dash of Cinnamon oil
1 dash Orange oil
1 dash lemon oil
1-second pour of lime juice
1-second pour of vanilla extract
4 teaspoons of Sodastream Cola syrup
4 drops of yellow food coloring
4 drops of red food coloring
2 drops of blue food coloring
I only heat the cola enough to disolve all of the sugar. I think the Sodastream should provide the citric acid, and caffine I do not have in my recipe.
I then pour the cola back into the 1-liter bottle. There will be some left. This gives me a taste idea of what the cola will taste like. Maybe not an exact clone of Coca-Cola, but still I think it’s very nice tasting.
I make the cola in 1-liter bottles, the leave the uncarbonated cola to get cold in the fridge. When I’m ready to carbonate and serve the soda I move to the next step.
Put the Carbacap on the 1-liter bottle. Squeeze out the air by pressing the top button and releasing the air.
Now I put my C02 tank on 20 psi and connect the ball lock connector to the 1-liter bottle. It’s important to shake the bottle for 30 seconds. This is similar to the crank and shake method of fast carbonating beer. I let the bottle sit for another 30 seconds. Then I press the button on top to release the pressure. I usually do this 2 times, and then a 3rd time I fill up the pressure and leave the lid on for a few minutes until I’m ready to serve the soda.
I learned how to use the carbacap with this video