If you’re like most people, then you’ve probably wondered how soda is made. Although it might seem incredibly mysterious, it’s nothing like that Jesus did when he turned water to wine, and to be frank, there is nothing mysterious about this beverage.
A soft drink, which is pop, is a type of beverage. A typical can of pop contains only a few main ingredients. In most cases, it has flavoring, sweetener and carbonated water.
Depending on how it was made, a soft drink might have sugar substitutes, fruit juice, high-fructose corn syrup or a number of other ingredients. Diet options are almost always made with sugar substitutes. It’s also common for it to have preservatives, colorings and caffeine.
How Is It REALLY Made?
Another name for soda water is seltzer, or some people just call it carbonated water. As mentioned in previous articles, people used to praise carbonated water because they believed it had the power to heal almost any heath problem.
Before the creation of sophisticated technology, this beverage was only available from springs, which it naturally originated from. In the past, it was gathered from springs and bottled.
However, it’s worth mentioning that we’re talking about natural carbonated water – it’s not like there were these springs that sprayed fountains of Dr. Pepper day and night; nope, this was just plain carbonated water.
Industrial and Residential
You should know that there is a difference between how WE might make it and how the Coca-Cola Company makes it. Companies make this stuff on an industrial scale, so they have massive factories that house machinery that has been built specifically to produce it in the most economical and efficient way possible.
In a factory, a large amount of tap water is lowered to 46 degrees Fahrenheit. A water-soluble, basic source of bicarbonate is added to the chilled water. Potassium bicarbonate is the common ingredient used for this process. The bicarbonate raises the pH level of the solution.
Next, the mixture is pressurized with carbon dioxide gas, and the gas dissolves inside of the water, which forms carbonic acid, so the mixture’s pH level is reduced even further. Next, the mixture is added to a sealed container and pressurized with 120 PSI with more carbon dioxide gas, which keeps the water carbonated.
Most commercial establishments use small carbonator machines because it costs a lot of money to purchase pre-made sugar water.
In these machines, pressurized tap water is injected with carbon dioxide and flavoring is added. Now you know how the pop machine at your local McDonalds works. Thanks in large part to bartending aficionados in the US, making pop at home has become very popular.
How It’s Made At Home
To make it at home, the same basic process is used, but it’s used on a much smaller scale. You can purchase a personal maker, and this machine does all of the work for you.
All you need to do is acquire the basic ingredients and read the instructions. Everything is very straightforward, so almost anyone can make their own at home.