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In the fallout series, people are often seen drinking Nuka-Cola, a rip-off of Coke. The earliest fallout game is 80 years after the war, the latest was 210 years.
So how the hell could soda last that long without refrigeration. In the games, they explain it by saying that the Cola is packed with preservatives to keep it fresh, but I don’t by it. How could you make a soda the lasts 200 years+?

Edit: I mean how could the soda taste the same

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closed as off-topic by RonJohn, Joe Bloggs, cobaltduck, Vincent, SRM Apr 30 '18 at 2:08

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    $\begingroup$ If you flash freezed it and then vacuum sealed it . It would last a long time. $\endgroup$ – The Integrator Apr 29 '18 at 20:19
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    $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this question as duplicate because the same ueation was asked on Cooking.SE cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/5897/… $\endgroup$ – RonJohn Apr 29 '18 at 20:21
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    $\begingroup$ Gotta agree with RonJon. Either we base this off real world properties of drinks and this is a duplicate or it’s a trivial question because you can just say ‘pack it full of preservative Unobtanium-D to keep it fresh and glowy!’ $\endgroup$ – Joe Bloggs Apr 29 '18 at 20:48
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    $\begingroup$ @Joe Bloggs: I have a better idea. What if you don’t vote to close my question $\endgroup$ – Talos 2 Apr 29 '18 at 21:04
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    $\begingroup$ @Talos2 I’m just calling it as I see it. There’s nothing here that suggests Worldbuilding to me aside from the use of a fictional brand name, and the question on this exact topic on cooking SE covers what you need to know about freshness (ie: it’s not a problem if you don’t break the container and don’t mind the taste). If you mean ‘how can I keep it tasting the same for 80 years’ then that would be a different question (though I still think it’s a better fit for cooking than World-building) $\endgroup$ – Joe Bloggs Apr 29 '18 at 21:14
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Since this is a question about world building, there is another aspect of cola storage that is worth considering. Aluminium cans will react freely with electromagnetic radiation, including light, heat, and obviously the fallout of nuclear radiation. So, unless you you happened to keep a large supply of cola in a cool lead-lined underground bunker for 80 years, you'd end up with bigger problems than whether or not your soda was flat.

Having said that, cola syrup isn't especially hard to make. Open Cola is a thing. You'd be better off storing large quantities of syrup in said lead-lined underground bunker, and carbonating it in small batches from there. Hardly a post-apocalyptic survival priority, but, hey, if there's leftover orange oil from somewhere, why not?

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