Revive Flat Soda with a Dash of Science!
| Caitlin Kiene
Have you ever opened a soda only to find that it's gone flat? You know, when you pour it, and all you get is a weak trickle of fizz that goes nowhere? Well, don't despair! There's still hope for your favourite drink. Read on to learn how to recarbonate your flat soda and make it fizzy again!
The Science Behind Recarbonation
So what exactly happens when your soda goes flat? To put it simply, carbon dioxide gas dissolves in water and forms carbonic acid. This is what gives sodas their trademark fizz. However, over time, the carbon dioxide escapes from the soda, leading to less carbonation and a flatter taste.
Luckily, there are several simple ways to recarbonate your beverage without buying another can or bottle. The most effective way is to add new carbon dioxide back into the drink. Carbon dioxide has a low solubility in water, so it will rapidly bubble out and react with any remaining water molecules to form more carbonic acid and restore the original level of carbonation in your beverage.
You can increase the amount of CO2 in your soda by adding dry ice (frozen CO2) or using high-pressure gas tanks commonly found at gas stations or specialty stores. Simply pour the soda into a container that can be sealed tightly and add an appropriate amount of dry ice or pressurised CO2 depending on how much liquid you're dealing with. Seal the container tightly and shake vigorously—you should start seeing bubbles within minutes as the CO2 dissolves into the drink!
If you don't have access to dry ice or pressurised gas tanks, other creative solutions are also available. For example, add some baking soda or club soda which both contain bicarbonate ions that react with acids present in sodas such as citric acid or phosphoric acid which will also release CO2 bubbles when mixed together. The results will be less pronounced but they'll still do the trick! Otherwise, your other options are to buy a MonTen Soda Maker, which helps you carbonate tap water.
Reviving flat soda doesn't have to be rocket science — though science does play an essential role in restoring its fizz! With just a few simple ingredients (or supplies!), you can revive even the most lifeless cans of pop back into bubbly beverages everyone enjoys drinking again. So next time your family complains about their drinks going flat, give them this quick fix so they can enjoy their drinks like new once more! Happy Recarbonating!