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Soda Stream? What says the collective.
« on: February 27, 2017, 05:11:44 AM »



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The only thing we drink here at Chez-Black is seltzer. LOTS of seltzer.
We seem to have an issue with the whole bottle return thing though.


K is always talking about getting a Soda Stream machine and I'm always fighting her on it saying its just a gimmicky thing we'll never use. I had said that about the FoodSaver though and, well, yeah. Never mind about that.


Enlighten me please.
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Re: Soda Stream? What says the collective.
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2017, 05:13:51 AM »
They work.

You can make your own for a couple bucks.

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Re: Soda Stream? What says the collective.
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2017, 05:15:16 AM »
They work.

You can make your own for a couple bucks.

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Re: Soda Stream? What says the collective.
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2017, 05:29:34 AM »
Had a friend who got one and then a kit to add a large, external CO2 tank. In the end he saves big $ over their small, costly co2 carts.

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Re: Soda Stream? What says the collective.
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2017, 05:30:24 AM »
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« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2017, 05:52:47 AM »
A quick search of Amazon and Ebay has all components minus the tank fill for $135.00.
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Re: Soda Stream? What says the collective.
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2017, 05:56:23 AM »
They work.

You can make your own for a couple bucks.

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It makes cheap, perfectly drinkable soda.

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« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2017, 07:44:11 AM »
Just watch out for bad bottles:

http://www.today.com/news/sodastream-recalls-51-000-bottles-due-explosion-risk-t108549



I saw that. I have the setup all planned out and in the Amazon cart. just waiting to see what the financial woman says. I am out of work for a few months after all.

Things are getting a bit scary.
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Re: Soda Stream? What says the collective.
« Reply #10 on: February 27, 2017, 10:56:13 AM »
Just watch out for bad bottles:

http://www.today.com/news/sodastream-recalls-51-000-bottles-due-explosion-risk-t108549



I saw that. I have the setup all planned out and in the Amazon cart. just waiting to see what the financial woman says. I am out of work for a few months after all.

Things are getting a bit scary.


doesn't sound good.
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« Reply #11 on: February 27, 2017, 11:19:03 AM »
We'll get by with room to spare I'm sure.

My son graduates college in two months and I have to start paying back my part of the loan. That's what concerns me.
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« Reply #12 on: February 27, 2017, 12:01:10 PM »
If it helps, they are incredibly common here and seems to be well-regarded  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2017, 07:29:57 PM »
We've had one for years.  Started out making soda which was very good but now, we just make carbonated water and still love it.

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« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2017, 05:31:32 AM »
What about flavorings? If you are trying to cut sugars, can you just add fruit juice?
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« Reply #15 on: February 28, 2017, 06:20:35 AM »
What about flavorings? If you are trying to cut sugars, can you just add fruit juice?

My wife likes to had lemon and lime juice sometimes.  I prefer just the carbonated water.  Sodastream has flavored water mixes besides various sodas (I really liked their ginger ale).

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« Reply #16 on: February 28, 2017, 10:42:34 AM »
What about flavorings? If you are trying to cut sugars, can you just add fruit juice?
Fruit juice is usually loaded with sugar.  Better to use non-sugar sweetener(s).

I'm in the process of shopping for a DIY system to carbonate water / make soda.

SodaStream is the best known home water carbonator, but it's also the most expensive to buy and to use; their CO2 tanks are proprietary and exchanging them is hella expensive.  Similar for their flavorings.
All you really need is a CO2 tank (available in many sizes), a pressure regulator and a way to connect the CO2 to a bottle/container.  There are many ways to do this.
CO2 is cheaper per oz when filling bigger tanks, but bigger tanks cost quite a bit more.   Tanks need to be hydro tested every 5 yrs to be refilled.
There are MANY regulators being sold online that are flow regulators and not pressure regulators.  You either need to buy a regulator that connects to your tank or buy an adapter (make sure one exists before buying tank or regulator).
To connect the regulated CO2 to a bottle/container;
Put a schrader  valve in a bottle cap.  Use any bottles that can hold pressure.
Buy a 'carbonator cap' that has a quick-disconnect fitting and threads onto a soda bottle.
Buy/adapt a replacement water filter housing.

Flavoring options run from buying gallons of real coke/pepsi syrup at Sams/Costco, use/adapt snocone flavorings (many sites sell sample sizes) to making your own syrup from extracts and spices.  There are many recipes online.  You can buy caffeine and citric acid powders on amazon.
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Re: Soda Stream? What says the collective.
« Reply #17 on: February 28, 2017, 09:12:58 PM »
I just ordered the carbonation cap.  With my keg setup that's the only thing I needed to make my own!  This should be fun...
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« Reply #18 on: March 01, 2017, 03:52:02 AM »
I just ordered the carbonation cap.  With my keg setup that's the only thing I needed to make my own!  This should be fun...

I have everything in order but the tank. We need to pay a few bills before laying out the initial $80 for the tank and fill from the local airgas place.
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« Reply #19 on: March 01, 2017, 07:47:57 AM »
I just ordered the carbonation cap.  With my keg setup that's the only thing I needed to make my own!  This should be fun...

I have everything in order but the tank. We need to pay a few bills before laying out the initial $80 for the tank and fill from the local airgas place.

Watch your local Craigslist- I got my LARGE CO2 tank for $15 empty.  It costs like $10 or something to fill, and it's lasted 3 years so far.  Right now on mine there's a full 5lb tank for $60.
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Re: Soda Stream? What says the collective.
« Reply #20 on: March 02, 2017, 09:09:07 AM »
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« Reply #21 on: March 02, 2017, 10:42:09 AM »
Been watching Craigslist. Not a lot there.
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« Reply #22 on: March 02, 2017, 06:52:17 PM »
I have everything in order but the tank. We need to pay a few bills before laying out the initial $80 for the tank and fill from the local airgas place.
Watch your local Craigslist- I got my LARGE CO2 tank for $15 empty.  It costs like $10 or something to fill, and it's lasted 3 years so far.  Right now on mine there's a full 5lb tank for $60.
If buying used, be aware that the tanks need to be certified with a hydro test every 5 yrs (to be refilled).
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Re: Soda Stream? What says the collective.
« Reply #23 on: March 03, 2017, 05:42:53 PM »
Got my lid.  Just made some lemon water. 

I need to play with this more with the boy.   :thumbsup:
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« Reply #24 on: March 07, 2017, 02:03:54 PM »
I got one as a gift a couple of Christmases ago. It was neat, and fun, for a little while. But we got tired of having to make the soda all the time. And at the time, it was a little costly to buy their flavors.

Now it's just collecting dust in a cabinet somewhere.

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« Reply #25 on: March 07, 2017, 02:14:54 PM »
Ordered the regulator last Monday. It still hasn't shipped.
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« Reply #26 on: March 07, 2017, 02:16:07 PM »
I got one as a gift a couple of Christmases ago. It was neat, and fun, for a little while. But we got tired of having to make the soda all the time. And at the time, it was a little costly to buy their flavors.

Now it's just collecting dust in a cabinet somewhere.

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« Reply #27 on: March 11, 2017, 12:01:33 AM »
We're big on "bubble water" and rely on Soda Stream to keep our habit going while cruising, on our boat, to the Bahamas. We load up with a couple/three tanks, which last for the trip. We use filtered water (in-line filter - water quality varies widely from one watering point to another) and the results are fine. We experimented with flavoring and didn't find anything we liked. Instead, we make up, for example, some Crystal Light Lemonade (no room for that many lemons!) and add some "bubble water" to it. Works a treat. IMHO cola flavoring , etc. is a cruel joke at best - yech.

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« Reply #28 on: March 12, 2017, 08:09:14 AM »
The contraption is all set up and functioning.

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Any tips and tricks?

So far the only flavor we've used is a bit of lime or lemon busted up in the bottom of the glass.
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« Reply #29 on: March 12, 2017, 05:40:01 PM »
Have you checked the delivery pressure from a real Soda Stream? Or is that an adapter to put the tank into a Soda Stream? I've never seen it done, but I know of at least one person who has one set up.

In general, I'd be very nervous about getting the pressure above the machine's delivery pressure.

As I'm pretty sure I posted, IMHO Soda Stream flavors are a waste of time. At least I've never had one I'd go back to.  :thumbsdown:
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« Reply #30 on: March 12, 2017, 06:33:30 PM »
Have you checked the delivery pressure from a real Soda Stream? Or is that an adapter to put the tank into a Soda Stream? I've never seen it done, but I know of at least one person who has one set up.

In general, I'd be very nervous about getting the pressure above the machine's delivery pressure.

As I'm pretty sure I posted, IMHO Soda Stream flavors are a waste of time. At least I've never had one I'd go back to.  :thumbsdown:

That setup will allow you to carbonate any pop bottle.  It's simply an adapter with a CO2 tank.   I bought an adapter and did some carbonating just for fun.  It's pretty much exactly what soda stream does but without proprietary bottle and such.
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« Reply #31 on: March 16, 2017, 12:50:58 PM »
That setup will allow you to carbonate any pop bottle.  It's simply an adapter , a pressure regulator and a CO2 tank.   I bought an adapter and did some carbonating just for fun.  It's pretty much exactly what soda stream does but without proprietary bottle and such.
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« Reply #32 on: March 16, 2017, 01:07:22 PM »
I'm getting close to making my own system.  I found a CO2 tank on OfferUp (an app based version of CraigsList), but the seller hasn't replied yet...

Doing more searching / reading; I found a post on using water filter housing(s) for carbonating the water.  I really like this idea.  They are relatively cheap yet are: wide mouth, made to hold pressure, have a screw on cap with input and output fittings and a pressure release valve.
The screw-on wide mouth means you can put ice cubes in it.
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« Reply #33 on: March 16, 2017, 01:19:39 PM »
I'm getting close to making my own system.  I found a CO2 tank on OfferUp (an app based version of CraigsList), but the seller hasn't replied yet...

Doing more searching / reading; I found a post on using water filter housing(s) for carbonating the water.  I really like this idea.  They are relatively cheap yet are: wide mouth, made to hold pressure, have a screw on cap with input and output fittings and a pressure release valve.
The screw-on wide mouth means you can put ice cubes in it.



All my research led me to Airgas for the tank. It's hydro tested and food grade. The first fill with the tank was around $75.00, got the regulator and other bits from Amazon.
I bought 4 1 gallon jugs of water from the local grocery that I will be refilling from a local spring.


Just be sure the water is very cold for the process to work correctly.
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« Reply #34 on: March 16, 2017, 08:26:46 PM »
Check the dates on any used CO2 tanks. They have to be re-certified every 5(?) years. Not something to put off given the pressures involved.