For the last year, I've been making a lot of syrups. Usually I keep the syrups in the fridge and add carbonated water to it whenever I want to drink it. But now I'd like to make a bigger batch and bottle it in 200ml (~7oz) glass bottles, so I can hand them out to local bars to see if there's any interest my sodas.
What would you guys advice concerning the carbonation? I see three options now, but they have several pros and cons:
- I figured I could add a bit of syrup in every bottle and add carbonated water. PRO straightforward and cheap CON I guess I will loose a lot of carbonation while pouring the carbonated water
- I mix the syrup and normal water and add champagne yeast to carbonate it. PRO lots of carbonation in an easy and cheap way CON not easy to control sweetness, alcohol levels and carbonation.
- I add the syrup and water to a soda keg and add CO2 to it with a CO2 bottle. PRO lots of control over sweetness and carbonation. No alcohol at all. CON I imagine I will loose a lot of carbonation while filling the bottles from the soda keg just like in option 1. Also, seems like a pretty big investment and doubt if it will get me the result I want.
So, are these the options I have or are there other ways? What would you advice?