I have a small Kombucha company making and bottling kombucha by hand. I also have experience bottling tea at a copacker. Now I want to get an artisan soda co going. I have a few questions though.
I would ultimately like to brew the soda, carbonate it, and hand bottle it, as I do with the kombucha, only it's naturally fermented vs artificially. I have a few pallets of 12oz crown cap bottles that I'd like to get rid of. I've done a lot of reading on bottling soda in glass, and was thinking of building a few "beer gun" style fillers and manually filling and capping them. I'd like to keep it as real and "hippie" if you will as possible (ie. cream soda = carmelized turbinado sugar, water, fresh vanilla bean, and lemon juice).
I have a ton of 5 gal Sanky kegs, and a few carbon dioxide tanks, as well as regulators. Is it possible to just fill the bottles, purge with co2 and cap em? I'd probably have to pasteurize it somehow. Any suggestions? or would it be more "artisan" to keep them refrigerated?
I was thinking of doing a ginger brew too. I'd really prefer not to use any flavorings, "natural" or otherwise, or citric acid.