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Old 12-27-2016, 03:43 PM
 
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Sodastream is convenient, but I understand they have a proprietary system that works only with 'their' accessories (CO2 etc), which inherently inflates operating costs. Plus Sodastream claims to be compatible only with water (i.e. using it to carbonate anything other than water - e.g. juice - voids the warranty).

Anyone using a system or device they like better?
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Old 12-28-2016, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Have you posted in/checked the Food & Drink thread? I would think it might be covered there.
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Old 12-28-2016, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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You don't want to carbonate anything but water. Even the fast food chains that carbonate on-site use "post-mix" which mixes already carbonated water with a syrup at the point of dispensing. Trying to carbonate anything other than water is messy.

I used a now-defunct brand before getting a sodastream, and before that I tried doing my own carbonation with a cornelius tank and hoses. It can be done, but is a pain.

Sodastream costs are not all that bad. The one caveat is to have the replacement tank weighed at checkout to be sure it is full. I bought a couple a while back and one was noticeably lighter than the other, meaning that it had a leak or had been improperly filled. I refused it and had them bring out another. A full tank is about 2 lb 7oz and an empty about 1 lb 8 oz.

I absolutely do not recommend it, but you can buy and crush dry ice and funnel it into a CO2 container. Chances are you'll get frustrated at trying to get it through the small opening and not be able to get the seal back on the tank.
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Old 12-28-2016, 06:40 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Here is a good article about it, and DIY alternatives:
The Best Soda Maker | The Sweethome
I am looking into buying something like this myself.

If you want to carbonate things like juice or other mixers, you might want to check on soda siphons. I used to have one long time ago, and I was very happy with it.
https://goo.gl/HkMkfY

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Old 12-29-2016, 11:37 PM
 
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You don't want to carbonate anything but water. Even the fast food chains that carbonate on-site use "post-mix" which mixes already carbonated water with a syrup at the point of dispensing. Trying to carbonate anything other than water is messy.

I used a now-defunct brand before getting a sodastream, and before that I tried doing my own carbonation with a cornelius tank and hoses. It can be done, but is a pain.

Sodastream costs are not all that bad. The one caveat is to have the replacement tank weighed at checkout to be sure it is full. I bought a couple a while back and one was noticeably lighter than the other, meaning that it had a leak or had been improperly filled. I refused it and had them bring out another. A full tank is about 2 lb 7oz and an empty about 1 lb 8 oz.

I absolutely do not recommend it, but you can buy and crush dry ice and funnel it into a CO2 container. Chances are you'll get frustrated at trying to get it through the small opening and not be able to get the seal back on the tank.

Thanks for the tank tip - I would not have known what weight to expect of a full tank.

I did see the dry ice method - there are YouTube videos - and I rolled my eyes because it looked like an incredibly tedious and inefficient task, to the point of being ridiculous.

p.s. I had no interest in carbonating other things.
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