Secret Recipe for Coke?
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Hmm....

http://www.news.com.au/business/secret-c...6006104069

COCA-Cola is dismissive of a US radio show's claim it has discovered the secret recipe for the popular soft drink.

Coca-Cola South Pacific's public relations manager Susie Crumpton declined to comment on whether This American Life's recipe, which it claimed it had found in a 32-year-old newspaper, were genuine.

But she said the main ingredients used in the popular soft drink are no secret.

"The ingredients used in our beverages are listed on the product labels and many people have tried over time to crack the secret formula of Coca-Cola," said Ms Crumpton.

"That secret combination of ingredients holds a special place in the history and mythology of Coca-Cola – something we continue to celebrate as we mark our 125th anniversary this year."

The US website today posted a photo of a book it said contained a hand-written replica of the original recipe for Coca-Cola. 

The photo was first published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 1979.

The recipe, which can only be mixed by two Coca-Cola Amatil executives in the world, reportedly contains the exact measures of all the different oils needed for Coca Cola’s secret ingredient, "Merchandise 7X".

Despite making up only 1 per cent of the drink's total formula, Merchandise 7X is what gives the popular soft drink its unique taste.

The recipe is said to be similar to previous lists made by people who have tried to uncover the secret ingredients in the past.

Rumoured to be guarded 24 hours a day in a vault, the official Coca-Cola recipe has been one of the most closely guarded trade secrets since the popular soft drink was concocted by medicinal chemist John Pemberton in 1886.

The drink can now be bought in more than 200 countries around the world.

The secret recipe

Fluid extract of Coca 3 drams USP
Citric acid 3 oz
Caffeine 1oz
Sugar 30 (it is unclear from the markings what quantity is required)
Water 2.5 gal
Lime juice 2 pints 1 qrt
Vanilla 1oz
Caramel 1.5oz or more to colour

7X flavour (use 2oz of flavour to 5 gals syrup):
Alcohol 8oz
Orange oil 20 drops
Lemon oil 30 drops
Nutmeg oil 10 drops
Coriander 5 drops
Neroli 10 drops
Cinnamon 10 drops

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#2
Ha ha ha.  I love Coke; it is my favourite beverage.
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#3
Can you make it in your bathtub? Do you need a special container?
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(02-18-2011, 07:52 PM)Jacafamala Wrote: Can you make it in your bathtub? Do you need a special container?

No, you wouldn't need a special container, though food grade plastic would probably be a good idea.  I dunno how some of the stuff would react with stainless steel; at most it would give it an off flavor.

I'd be mostly concerned about handling some of the oils because of skin irritation, but not really.  Playtex gloves would be fine.
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http://www.texasnaturalsupply.com/produc...uctid=CAFA

Quote:Caffeine Powder (Anhydrous) USP
INCI: Caffeine

99.9% Pure Pharmaceutical Grade

Caution: Pure Caffeine in small doses can cause heart palpitations or hypertension. Use personal protective devices (gloves and mask) as necessary to prevent inhalation or absorption via the skin at highly concentrated amounts. If you purchase this product you are responsible for its safe use and handling. Ingestion of concentrated caffeine can lead to cardiac arrest and death.
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(02-23-2011, 02:32 PM)frerejacques Wrote: http://www.texasnaturalsupply.com/produc...uctid=CAFA

Quote:Caffeine Powder (Anhydrous) USP
INCI: Caffeine

99.9% Pure Pharmaceutical Grade

Caution: Pure Caffeine in small doses can cause heart palpitations or hypertension. Use personal protective devices (gloves and mask) as necessary to prevent inhalation or absorption via the skin at highly concentrated amounts. If you purchase this product you are responsible for its safe use and handling. Ingestion of concentrated caffeine can lead to cardiac arrest and death.

Not too long ago some guy bought some off eBay and accidentally ODed on it.  Caffeine can be dangerous stuff.

As far as skin absorption, my chemistry was never that good, but lots of stuff can get absorbed through the skin.  I personally wouldn't worry mixing a batch of coke and using a measuring cup with it; if I handled it regularly, then I'd be concerned.
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(02-18-2011, 07:52 PM)Jacafamala Wrote: Can you make it in your bathtub? Do you need a special container?

I'd treat it like home brewing.  Use a food grade plastic or glass for the mixing.  For carbonation, put the water and syrup into a Cornelius keg, chill it,  and force carbonate.  That way, you're not fermenting the stuff in bottles.
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(02-23-2011, 11:22 PM)Pilgrim Wrote:
(02-18-2011, 07:52 PM)Jacafamala Wrote: Can you make it in your bathtub? Do you need a special container?

I'd treat it like home brewing.  Use a food grade plastic or glass for the mixing.  For carbonation, put the water and syrup into a Cornelius keg, chill it,  and force carbonate.  That way, you're not fermenting the stuff in bottles.

I've tried to naturally carbonate homemade soda in bottles before, and it always turns out to be a disaster. I don't get what I'm doing wrong; I can get wine to ferment just fine, but I can never get the yeast to activate enough in the bottled soda....
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(02-24-2011, 02:01 AM)QuisUtDeus Wrote:
(02-23-2011, 11:22 PM)Pilgrim Wrote:
(02-18-2011, 07:52 PM)Jacafamala Wrote: Can you make it in your bathtub? Do you need a special container?

I'd treat it like home brewing.  Use a food grade plastic or glass for the mixing.  For carbonation, put the water and syrup into a Cornelius keg, chill it,  and force carbonate.  That way, you're not fermenting the stuff in bottles.

I've tried to naturally carbonate homemade soda in bottles before, and it always turns out to be a disaster. I don't get what I'm doing wrong; I can get wine to ferment just fine, but I can never get the yeast to activate enough in the bottled soda....

Sounds like either a yeast problem or a sugar problem.  Or it could be bad seals on your bottle caps.  What have you tried in the past?
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(02-24-2011, 12:16 PM)Pilgrim Wrote:
(02-24-2011, 02:01 AM)QuisUtDeus Wrote:
(02-23-2011, 11:22 PM)Pilgrim Wrote:
(02-18-2011, 07:52 PM)Jacafamala Wrote: Can you make it in your bathtub? Do you need a special container?

I'd treat it like home brewing.  Use a food grade plastic or glass for the mixing.  For carbonation, put the water and syrup into a Cornelius keg, chill it,  and force carbonate.  That way, you're not fermenting the stuff in bottles.

I've tried to naturally carbonate homemade soda in bottles before, and it always turns out to be a disaster. I don't get what I'm doing wrong; I can get wine to ferment just fine, but I can never get the yeast to activate enough in the bottled soda....

Sounds like either a yeast problem or a sugar problem.  Or it could be bad seals on your bottle caps.  What have you tried in the past?

I tried different yeasts, mostly champagne yeast though. I even bumped the sugar content.  I didn't think of bad seals on the caps.  They didn't leak, but that doesn't mean gas didn't escape.  I was using just caps from the supply store and a hand capper (squeeze variety).  I cleaned the bottles the same way one does for wine using sulfur agents, so they shouldn't have been contaminated; also I didn't get anything nasty out of them so I don't think it was a contamination problem.  I just got mostly flat soda.  Some bubbles, but not much. 

If I do it again, I'll put some balloons over the necks of the bottles to see if there is a leak....
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