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Can I use soda to make a hard soda?Updated a year ago

To all of our adventurous spirits out there — yes, you can totally make a hard soda.

You'll want to decarbonate your soda first. You can do this by shaking and letting out the gas (over and over) carefully, or you can pour the soda into a pot and simmer it for a sec.

The reason you have to do this is because – if not – the brewsy bag powder will "activate" all the carbonation at once and make it foam everywhere! 😱

 

One more thing: sometimes, drinks made with soda end up not tasting too much like the original soda.

A great trick to help prevent this is to save some of the soda at the beginning, and then later boil it down a bit (to make a syrup) to then add to your drink at the end.

Since soda usually has more preservatives than juice, it will take about 7 days to ferment, and you can expect to get around 8% ABV. For best results, stay away from sodas with a LOT of high fructose corn syrup. Other ingredients to avoid (rare) are sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate.

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