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"Poppin' Soda Pop"

3 years 11 months 1 day ago June 22, 2013 Jun 22, 2013 Saturday, June 22 2013 June 22, 2013 3:00 AM 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. As noted in a previous column, during our younger years we realized the sun's power when we made our own root beer. We would retrieve a mixing crock from the basement and Mom would mix a root beer extract with sugar and yeast. After cleaning pop bottles, we'd funnel-in the root beer and manually cap them; placing the bottles in the sunlight; spinning them occasionally to eliminate the sediment. It took four days to get the effervescence just-right. Before the fourth day, some of the bottles would explode. The power of sunlight and the power of the yeast gave us an extra pop in our soda-pop.

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