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Old 17-05-2017, 16:32   #46
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Re: Soda stream

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I know some people who have it and like it. It is cheaper and convenient than buying cans of soda.

Personally I use a CO2 tank with a regulator and fizzblaster carbonation cap.

The drawbacks of sodastream are that the pressure is a little wimpy and flavorings can be problematical. I think the pressure is set to 30 PSI or even lower on the machine. Also, the burst it does is good, but does not fully dissolve the CO2, so you kind of end up with 25 PSI soda or so. A can of coke is usually around 35 PSI. When I make soda with a regulator I can fully saturate it up to about 40-45 PSI which is the max for cold syrup.

The problem with the flavors is that you are kind of stuck with their stuff, which is not as good as some commercial sodas. If you make your own syrup, that can be better. Note that when you add the carbed water to the syrup you lose carbonation pressure because the syrup is not carbonated.

In my system I first make syrup to the sweetness I want, then carbonate the syrup. I put the flavor (usually lemon or lime juice) in the glass and add the syrup to the glass. Since the syrup is fully carbonated I have a very high pressure and fully carbonated drink which is as high or even higher than commercial sodas.
Any chance of a picture of your system, pretty please? I'm in the planning stages right now, and yours sounds great.
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Old 18-05-2017, 00:16   #47
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Any chance of a picture of your system, pretty please? I'm in the planning stages right now, and yours sounds great.
My system is similar to the one explained in this video:



Notes:

- I usually use a 1.5 liter bottle, not a 2 liter bottle
- I usually carbonate syrup (water+sugar), not plain water
- I always chill the syrup in the frig before carbonating it
- Sometimes I will carbonate chilled water if I want plain seltzer
- I usually leave 20% of the bottle empty to make room for the CO2
- I set the regulator to 40 PSI
- I always agitate it for about 30 seconds to mix the CO2 with the syrup
- lemon juice, lime juice and papaya puree are my favorite 3 drinks
- I need three lemons or 2 limes to make a 16-ounce soda
- sometimes I use extracts like Root Beer extract to make sodas
- extracts are very potent, eg to make root beer it is exactly 13 drops of extract for 16 ounces of syrup, one drop too many or too less tastes bad
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Old 18-05-2017, 00:32   #48
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Re: Soda stream

I bought the sodastream unit 2 years ago and LOVE it! My wife loves the convenience. I love not having to drag cases of soda around. When I heard Sodastream is made in Israel and subject to dozens of protests worldwide (with the usual parade of hollywood wackos), I immediately went out and bought one.
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Hmmmmm......

Beer syrup with an Everclear Injector !?

Sure would save a lot of agro hauling empties
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My system is similar to the one explained in this video:



Notes:

- I usually use a 1.5 liter bottle, not a 2 liter bottle
- I usually carbonate syrup (water+sugar), not plain water
- I always chill the syrup in the frig before carbonating it
- Sometimes I will carbonate chilled water if I want plain seltzer
- I usually leave 20% of the bottle empty to make room for the CO2
- I set the regulator to 40 PSI
- I always agitate it for about 30 seconds to mix the CO2 with the syrup
- lemon juice, lime juice and papaya puree are my favorite 3 drinks
- I need three lemons or 2 limes to make a 16-ounce soda
- sometimes I use extracts like Root Beer extract to make sodas
- extracts are very potent, eg to make root beer it is exactly 13 drops of extract for 16 ounces of syrup, one drop too many or too less tastes bad
Great. Thanks
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