Can you put soda in a beer keg?

Answered by Jarrod Smith

You can definitely put soda in a beer keg! In fact, using a kegerator to dispense soda can be a fun and convenient way to serve your favorite carbonated beverages at parties or events. The process of putting soda in a keg is quite similar to that of beer, with a few minor adjustments.

To start, you’ll need to obtain a clean and sanitized keg. It’s important to ensure that your keg is free from any residue or flavors from previous use, so give it a thorough cleaning before adding soda. Once your keg is clean, you can proceed to fill it with your preferred soda.

Next, you’ll need to carbonate the soda in the keg. This can be done by force carbonation or by natural carbonation. Force carbonation involves using a CO2 tank and regulator to inject carbon dioxide into the keg. On the other hand, natural carbonation involves adding a priming sugar to the soda and allowing it to naturally carbonate over time. The method you choose will depend on your preference and the equipment you have available.

After carbonation, it’s time to connect the keg to your kegerator. Make sure the kegerator is properly set up and cooled to the desired temperature. Attach the gas line from the CO2 tank to the keg’s gas inlet, and the beverage line to the keg’s liquid outlet. Once everything is connected, open the gas valve to pressurize the keg and allow the soda to flow through the beverage line.

When serving soda from a kegerator, it’s important to consider the proper pressure and temperature settings for optimal carbonation and flavor. Adjusting the CO2 pressure and temperature can help control the level of carbonation and prevent the soda from becoming too flat or foamy.

One advantage of using a kegerator to dispense soda is the ability to have multiple flavors available at once. If you have multiple kegs, you can easily switch between different sodas without the need for separate bottles or cans. This can be especially convenient for parties or gatherings where people have different preferences.

In addition to soda, a kegerator can also be used to dispense other non-alcoholic beverages such as coffee, cider, or even sparkling water. The versatility of a kegerator allows you to customize your drink offerings and provide a unique experience for your guests.

Personal experience:
I have personally used a kegerator to serve soda at several parties and events, and it has always been a hit with guests. The convenience of having carbonated beverages on tap, without the hassle of opening individual bottles or cans, is a game-changer. It also adds a touch of novelty and fun to the drink serving process.

One thing to note is that when using a kegerator for soda, it’s important to regularly clean and maintain the system to prevent any buildup or cross-contamination of flavors. Flavored sodas, in particular, can leave behind residues that may affect the taste of subsequent beverages if not properly cleaned.

A kegerator can indeed be used to dispense soda, providing a convenient and enjoyable way to serve carbonated beverages at parties or events. With proper cleaning, carbonation, and temperature control, you can have a variety of sodas on tap, adding a unique touch to your drink offerings. So go ahead and experiment with different flavors and enjoy the versatility of your kegerator!