Extra Fizzy Homemade Carbonated Beverages

Have you ever been disappointed with how flat your homemade rootbeer or soda is? After spending an hour watching rootbeer and dry ice bubble in a cooler you would expect something fizzy, sadly the concoction never lives up to expectations.

In order have carbonation strong enough to spray soda everywhere you need three things:

  1. Cold temperatures
  2. CO2
  3. High pressure

The drink cooler plus dry ice method provides both CO2 and cold temperatures but is missing the crucial third ingredient, high pressure, and therefore makes flat soda.

Commercially, high pressure CO2 is provided by a CO2 tank and regulator setup as seen here. Unfortunately the equipment is somewhat expensive.

Another method of obtaining pressurized CO2 is yeast, sugar, and a sealed bottle. The drawback to this method is it takes 3-4 days.

Finally, and this is the extra fizzy quick cheap method, using a safety valve, sealed bottle, and dry ice. Now you probably know that a tightly sealed bottle and dry ice combine to make a powerful dry ice bomb. This is due to the dry ice building enormous CO2 pressure until the bottle ruptures. To harness this high pressure CO2 without creating an explosion, a soda bottle is fitted with a pressure relief valve.

The pressure now rises until it reaches the set point of the relief valve. The valve then continuously and safely vents the excess CO2, always keeping the bottle at the perfect carbonating pressure. This results in deliciously fizzy carbonated beverages in about ten minutes.

Here is a recipe I tried:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 10 cups cold water
  • 1/4 (2 ounce) bottle root beer extract

Mix well, pour into carbonator bottle, add several chunks of dry ice, screw cap on tightly, allow 10 minutes to carbonate then enjoy.

This is how I attached the safety valve to the bottle cap:

Drill a hole in the soda bottle cap

Fit the safety valve to the cap

Secure valve with the locknut

Valve and bottle

The valve and locknut can be ordered from mcmaster.com:

  • $5.26 48435K71 Extend-Life ASME Pop-Safety Valve W/Test Ring Brass, Medium Flow, 1/8 NPT Male, 60 PSI
  • $1.67 50785K141 Med-Pressure Brass Threaded Pipe Fitting 1/8 Pipe Size, Locknut

Be aware that carbonated water (carbonic acid) can corrode the brass valve. Keep soda off of your safety valve and store soda capped with a regular cap.

Ron Paul Stuffed Pasta Shells

Ron Paul Quick'n Easy Stuffed Pasta Shells

Ron Paul Quick'n Easy Stuffed Pasta Shells


Since receiving a copy of The Ron Paul Family Cookbook, Adelaide has made Oreo Cake, Original Chocolate Chip Cookies, Banana Nut Bread, Orange Rolls, and now Ron Paul Quick’n Easy Stuffed Pasta Shells. If you have the cookbook, the recipe is found on page 5.

Adelaide says:

Ron Paul Stuffed Pasta ShellsI halved the recipe, and still had half of them left over. They were really rich and filling. I paired it with breadsticks and a salad, and it made for a fairly quick and delicious dinner.

I especially liked the part in the recipe that gave directions for making this as a freezer meal. I think I’ll freeze half of them the next time I make it.

Photo Credit: Adelaide
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Ron Paul Oreo Cake

Ron Paul Oreo Cake

Ron Paul Oreo Cake


Since giving a copy of The Ron Paul Family Cookbook to Adelaide, she has made Original Chocolate Chip Cookies, Banana Nut Bread, Orange Rolls, and now Ron Paul Oreo Cake. If you have the cookbook, the recipe for Oreo Cake is found on page 1.

Adelaide says:

Ron Paul Oreo Cake ready to serveI made the Oreo Cake for the treat for Family Home Evening. I actually halved the recipe because I only had one container of Cool Whip, then I divided that in half to take over with dinner to a neighbor who just had a baby. So I ultimately made a quarter of the recipe for us. It was very tasty, reminding me of mud pie. It was a fun change from just plain pudding, and was the perfect size for our small family.

Photo Credit: Adelaide of Ada Shot Me
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Ron Paul Cookies

Ron Paul Original Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ron Paul Original Chocolate Chip Cookies coming out of the oven


Since giving a copy of The Ron Paul Family Cookbook to Adelaide, she has made Banana Nut Bread, Orange Rolls, and now Ron Paul Original Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Ron Paul Original Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cream the following ingredients:
1 cup Crisco
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla

Dissolve 1 tsp. baking soda in 1 tbsp. hot water and mix with:
2¼ cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 cup chopped nuts
1 large bag chocolate chips

Drop by teaspoon on cookie sheet and bake at 350° for 10 minutes.

Adelaide says:

Ron Paul Chocolate Chip CookiesI made the cookies a few nights ago. I didn’t add nuts, and I only put one regular sized bag of chocolate chips (opposed to the large bag it calls for), but they seemed to turn out rather well. The recipe made 4 dozen large cookies, and we ate 2 dozen that night, another dozen yesterday, and I sent the last dozen with Steven to work today. Overall, I think they were a big hit.

Photo Credit: Adelaide of Ada Shot Me
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Ron Paul Orange Rolls

Ron Paul Orange Rolls

Ron Paul Orange Rolls


I gave a copy of The Ron Paul Family Cookbook to Adelaide. She soon made Banana Nut Bread from page 5 and now she has cooked up Ron Paul Orange Rolls from page 20.

Adelaide says:

I’ll send orange rolls home with Jill for you to try. I made them last night and refrigerated them overnight so we could have hot rolls for breakfast. I used a cookie sheet instead of a 9×13 pan, and some of them burnt on the bottom (the filling spilled out, which maybe doesn’t happen with the pan?) So I’ll have to try it again using two 9×13 pans to see if they turn out better, but they still tasted great!

You could easily half the recipe for only a dozen rolls. Also a package of active dry yeast is equivalent to 2 tsp (in case you use a jar of yeast, like I do.)

I ate three of the rolls and they were mighty delicious. Adelaide, you should have sent over a whole plateful.

I gave out the recipe for the Banana Nut Bread but this time get the Cookbook and support the Ron Paul Campaign.

Photo Credit: Adelaide of Ada Shot Me
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Smokin’ Guns Banks: Santa Fe Express

Occasionally my family plays Smokin’ Guns. This series of posts helps new players find the banks.

Smokin’ Guns Bank Robbery Mode

In the bank robbery mode you either rob one of the safes of the money, by using the provided dynamite, or you have to defend them. Another way to win, that pays less money, is to kill all of the opposing players. If the robbing team wins the round, then the two teams swap sides, which means the outlaws take a turn defending the bank.

Bank Location: Railcar

Proceed along to the train to the First National Bank of El Paso Railcar. The safe is on the upper level. So far I have only found one safe.
Santa Fe Express Train
Santa Fe Express Train First National Bank of El Paso Railcar
Santa Fe Express Train First National Bank of El Paso Railcar Lower Level
Santa Fe Express Train First National Bank of El Paso Railcar Upper Level Safe

Smokin’ Guns Bank Robbery Maps

Alamo Tiny
Backwater
Cobber Canyon
Coyote Bluff
DawnFort
Durango
El Paso
Farm
Greenhill Lake
Hang’em High
Mexico
NewTown
No Name City
Santa Cruz
Santa Fe Express

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Smokin’ Guns Banks: Santa Cruz

Occasionally my family plays Smokin’ Guns. This series of posts helps new players find the banks.

Smokin’ Guns Bank Robbery Mode

In the bank robbery mode you either rob one of the safes of the money, by using the provided dynamite, or you have to defend them. Another way to win, that pays less money, is to kill all of the opposing players. If the robbing team wins the round, then the two teams swap sides, which means the outlaws take a turn defending the bank.

Bank Location: Bank

Go to the rear of the bank and blow a hole in the wall.
Santa Cruz Bank
Santa Cruz Bank Rear
Santa Cruz Bank Safe

Bank Location: Graveyard

You stole from the sheriff, pilfered church monies, and now you want to rob the dead! Cowboy, you are getting so low, hell is going to be above you.

See the church? The money is not in the building but in the graveyard. Blow the large grave to kingdom come and the money is revealed.
Santa Cruz Church
Santa Cruz Graveyard
Santa Cruz Grave

Smokin’ Guns Bank Robbery Maps

Alamo Tiny
Backwater
Cobber Canyon
Coyote Bluff
DawnFort
Durango
El Paso
Farm
Greenhill Lake
Hang’em High
Mexico
NewTown
No Name City
Santa Cruz
Santa Fe Express

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Smokin’ Guns Banks: No Name City

Occasionally my family plays Smokin’ Guns. This series of posts helps new players find the banks.

Smokin’ Guns Bank Robbery Mode

In the bank robbery mode you either rob one of the safes of the money, by using the provided dynamite, or you have to defend them. Another way to win, that pays less money, is to kill all of the opposing players. If the robbing team wins the round, then the two teams swap sides, which means the outlaws take a turn defending the bank.

Bank Location: Hotel

Across from the bank is the hotel. Standing in the entrance, to your right is the receptionist’s counter which you jump over and go through the door. Descend to the basement via the handy ladder. Blow the crate open to obtain the money bag.
No Name City Hotel
No Name City Hotel Entrance
No Name City Hotel Basement

Bank Location: Bank

The safe is in the rear left corner of the bank. Get to it by going through the front door like a civilized human being or be an animal and go around the back and blow a hole in the wall.
No Name City Bank
No Name City Bank Safe
No Name City Bank Safe From Rear

Smokin’ Guns Bank Robbery Maps

Alamo Tiny
Backwater
Cobber Canyon
Coyote Bluff
DawnFort
Durango
El Paso
Farm
Greenhill Lake
Hang’em High
Mexico
NewTown
No Name City
Santa Cruz
Santa Fe Express

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Shopping With A Quiet Child

Bryson Playing Angry Birds on a Kindle Fire

How to shop with a quiet child:

  1. Place Bryson in shopping cart
  2. Give him a Kindle Fire
  3. Run Angry Birds

Good for 15 to 30 minutes of quiet. Results vary by child.

Photo Credit: From the iPhone of Megan
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