So it's been a week since I brewed my first soda. How did it turn out? Watch and see.
here's the complete recipe and my notes:
Brewed and bottled: 13 November 2012
1 TBSP "Homebrew Ginger Ale Natural Concentrated Extract" by Rainbow Flavors, Inc.
1oz Brewer's Best Raspberry Natural/Artificial fruit flavoring
2 cups "Sugar in the Raw" Turbinado Raw Cane Sugar
1 gallon unfiltered Albany tap water
1/8 TSP Lalvin EC-1118 Saccharomyces cerevisiae (ex-bayanus)
This was my first ever homebrewed soda. I assumed it would be easy to make, and it was. However, that's not to say making a soda is completely fool-proof. I did make the mistake of trying to boil an entire gallon of water on the stovetop. You don't have to get a rolling boil to get the sugar to dissolve in the water, nor do you need an entire gallon in the brewpot.
You're supposed to mix the yeast in a cup of 98 degree water until it dissolves, but I think the water was too hot and may have actually killed the yeast because none of the bottles carbonated. Either that or I didn't use enough yeast in the first place. The directions said to use between 1/8 and 1/4 teaspoon for one gallon, so I only used 1/8 teaspoon. Next time I'll try using at least 1/4 if not 1/2 teaspoon and I'll be more careful on the temperature of the starter water.
This was my first failure as a homebrewer because the net product was entirely too sweet and completely uncarbonated. I will definitely attempt this "Raspberry Ginger Ale" again but I'll use less sugar and less raspberry flavoring. I'll also be more careful with the yeast.