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Old 01-13-2012, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Wake/Johnston Line, NC
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Question Least Expensive Way To Refill SodaStream W/CO2 ?

Hi, does anyone know where to get the SodaStream cartridges refilled other than BB&B, and the other listed places that SodaStream suggests? I have googled this and read about all kinds of ways to refill these CO2 cartridges and even ways of connecting them to a larger co2 tank with the help of adapters etc. to save a lot of $$$, (BB&B charges $15 to exchange a small bottle of co2) looking for local places & ideas. BTW the product works really well saves a lot of carrying Seltzer bottles home from the store! Thanks in advance!
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Old 01-13-2012, 04:26 PM
 
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I don't know much about this soda stream product, but I'm in a hobby that also makes use of pressurized CO2, so I may be able to help.

Looking at the website, it seems that the carbonators are aluminum gas canisters, is that correct? I cannot determine what type of valve they have, so my suggestions may not be valid. . . but

I get my CO2 canisters (5+ lb) filled at a welding supply store. Fire extinguisher stores also work. However, I doubt that they would fill canisters this small. Second option is a sporting goods store, like Dicks, that sells paintball supplies. I have some smaller canisters that I do this for. I can't guarantee that they have the correct adapter for your carbonator. Third option is American Brewmaster in Raleigh. They refill larger CO2 canisters and may be able to do this for you, but again, I doubt that they have the adapter. Fourth option is to make the adapter yourself, get a 5+ lb CO2 canister, and fill the carbonators yourself. Unfortunately the CO2 tank, regulator, and adaptor would be very expensive ($100+).
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Old 01-13-2012, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Durham
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I can speak with some authority on the topic; some of the postings you've read are probably mine.

I did use an aftermarket adapter to connect my SodaStream machine to an external CO2 tank.

The same guy that sells the adapter also makes one that fits paintball canisters, but I went with the larger "CGA" type tanks.

I have 2 tanks; a 5 pound and a 20 pound. I bought the 20 pound one on Craigslist, and got the 5 lb one new.

Overall, it is a much cheaper solution; especially if your machine gets the use that mine does. I make 2 liters per day nearly every day.

There are some "gotchas". The tanks themselves need to be tested every...I want to say 5 years? The test runs about $25, but I've only found one place that does it, a fire extinguisher shop. They stamp the tank with a date. No stamp, no refill. Also, the adapter leaks pretty good, so I have to remember to shut off the valve completely or I'll end up with an empty tank. That has happened more than once. (Once only a few days after I had the tank refilled. Fortunately it was the 5 pound tank, but I was still very angry with myself)

I'm also now using genuine Diet Coke syrup; another kind of kludgey hack. The mix ratio is different than the SodaStream syrups, so it takes some doing; I have to pour out about 6.75 ounces of the charged water, then fill to the line with the real syrup. Soda Stream's Diet Cola isn't bad, there's no beating real fresh fountain Diet Coke.
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Old 01-13-2012, 08:21 PM
 
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I'm also now using genuine Diet Coke syrup; another kind of kludgey hack. The mix ratio is different than the SodaStream syrups, so it takes some doing; I have to pour out about 6.75 ounces of the charged water, then fill to the line with the real syrup. Soda Stream's Diet Cola isn't bad, there's no beating real fresh fountain Diet Coke.
If you found some Coke glasses from the 50s-60s, you could find some have the "Syrup fill" line that should work pretty good. Of course you would be making it by the glass.
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Old 01-14-2012, 04:55 AM
 
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If you get a coupon from bb&b, I don't think its so expensive, especially considering the cost of buying seltzer. We use our almost daily and need to fill it every two months or so.
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Old 01-14-2012, 05:09 AM
 
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Aviator Brewery fills C02 tanks - not sure if it would suit your purposes -

"We now fill CO2 tanks at the brewery! 5lb tank $20, 10lb $30, 20lb $40"
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Old 01-14-2012, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Carrboro
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The same guy that sells the adapter...
Link, info? This appears to be the crux of the matter but you glossed over it. Thanks.
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Old 01-14-2012, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Durham
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Link, info? This appears to be the crux of the matter but you glossed over it. Thanks.
Sorry, was cautious of a direct link being afoul of forum rules. Google FreedomOne CO2 Doctor and that should get you pointed in the right direction.
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Old 01-14-2012, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Durham
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If you found some Coke glasses from the 50s-60s, you could find some have the "Syrup fill" line that should work pretty good. Of course you would be making it by the glass.
Nice thought, but even if I were making it by the glass I don't think it would work. The syrup I have is what they call "post-mix", and it's specifically made for fountain machines.

The ratio for this stuff is supposed to be 5:1, and I bet the old syrups for soda jerks were much more concentrated. Could be wrong.
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Old 01-14-2012, 11:19 PM
 
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Nice thought, but even if I were making it by the glass I don't think it would work. The syrup I have is what they call "post-mix", and it's specifically made for fountain machines.

The ratio for this stuff is supposed to be 5:1, and I bet the old syrups for soda jerks were much more concentrated. Could be wrong.
I think that the old post-mix was 5.4 to 1, although in the old soda fountain days, proprietors were known to give you more syrup.
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