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Pat Shingleton: "More Pop in Your Pop..."

3 years 4 months 3 days ago Sunday, June 21 2015 Jun 21, 2015 June 21, 2015 3:00 AM June 21, 2015 in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

The sun is 868,000 miles across and is about 100 times the diameter of our planet. Without sunscreen, sun burn can be expected. During our younger years we realized the sun's power when we made our own root beer. Realizing that Coca-Cola originated in the "South" and Pepsi-Cola was replicated in the "North," folks here call it soda and we called it "Pop." A summertime treat for us was the process of making our own "Pop." We would retrieve a mixing crock from the basement and Mom would mix a root beer extract that included sugar and yeast. After cleaning Pepsi, Frosty Root Beer and 7-Up pop bottles, we'd funnel-in the root beer and manually cap them with a bottle capper. The process then involved placing the bottles in the sunlight and regularly spinning them to eliminate the sediment. The bottle spinning also continued to dissolve any ingredients.  It took four days to get the effervescence just-right. However,  before the fourth day, a summertime evening would be interrupted from what sounded like a firecracker. After a hot day and a cooler night, some of the bottles would explode. The power of sunlight, the power of the yeast and a rapid cooling process gave us an extra pop in our soda-pop.

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