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Posted: 6/19/2014 8:45:09 AM EST
I love drinking plain soda water. If I can get it on sale, it runs about $1/2 liters. I looked into the cost of the soda stream, and due to the cost of their cartridges, it ends up being more expensive than just buying 2 liter bottles of club soda. But I hate actually going to the store and lugging them around. I have a keg system from homebrewing, and a CO2 setup and whatnot, but didn't see any effective way to carbonate soda water outside of kegging it and running it through the kegerator. Then I found this!

It's a cap that threads onto soda bottles with a ball-lock connector. You can use your 5/10/15lb CO2 cylinder to charge bottles. Additionally, you can carbonate whatever you want, apple juice, gin, simple syrup, whatever strikes your fancy!

Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:50:10 AM EST
That's pretty neat! I occasionally get bored and play around with home brewed root beer and birch beer. The worst problems I have are with carbonation, though that's mainly because I use champagne yeast to do it. I'd considered the soda stream kit but find the cost a bit much for my uses. That gadget right there might about do it, and it'd allow me to get into larger formats like small kegs.

There's few things worse than forgetting a 2 liter bottle on top of the fridge for a few days and BOOOOOOOOM.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:52:50 AM EST
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Originally Posted By WinstonSmith:
That's pretty neat! I occasionally get bored and play around with home brewed root beer and birch beer. The worst problems I have are with carbonation, though that's mainly because I use champagne yeast to do it. I'd considered the soda stream kit but find the cost a bit much for my uses. That gadget right there might about do it, and it'd allow me to get into larger formats like small kegs.

There's few things worse than forgetting a 2 liter bottle on top of the fridge for a few days and BOOOOOOOOM.
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I am excited to throw together a bottle of ginger beer without monkeying around with yeast!
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:52:55 AM EST
The plastic ones wear out pretty quick, I've gone through several at about $16 a pop.

There is a stainless steel version, but it is hard to find.

Link Posted: 6/19/2014 8:59:23 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Cpt_Kirks:
The plastic ones wear out pretty quick, I've gone through several at about $16 a pop.

There is a stainless steel version, but it is hard to find.

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I wasn't entirely sure how much I'll end up using it, so I figured I'd try the plastic one to begin with.

Here's a link to the stainless one on amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008071H8O//ref=cm_sw_su_dp?tag=serieats-20
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:07:50 AM EST
If you want to go tier 1, force carb in a corney keg, then use a counter pressure bottle filler to bottle the soda.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:09:22 AM EST
Yep.
One of those and a bunch of True Lemon flavor packets and you have some great tasting carbonated flavored water without all the crappy chemicals!!!
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:10:47 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Wumbo:
If you want to go tier 1, force carb in a corney keg, then use a counter pressure bottle filler to bottle the soda.
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I have all of the pertinent equipment, I just HATE cleaning cornelius kegs. I don't necessarily see that there would be an appreciable difference in the final product with a corny keg vs 2 liter soda bottle?
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:11:18 AM EST
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Originally Posted By AZ_Sky:
Yep.One of those and a bunch of True Lemon flavor packets and you have some great tasting carbonated flavored water without all the crappy chemicals!!!
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Mmmm, fizzy arnold palmer!
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:12:47 AM EST
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Originally Posted By LRLaurel:



I have all of the pertinent equipment, I just HATE cleaning cornelius kegs. I don't necessarily see that there would be an appreciable difference in the final product with a corny keg vs 2 liter soda bottle?
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Originally Posted By LRLaurel:
Originally Posted By Wumbo:
If you want to go tier 1, force carb in a corney keg, then use a counter pressure bottle filler to bottle the soda.



I have all of the pertinent equipment, I just HATE cleaning cornelius kegs. I don't necessarily see that there would be an appreciable difference in the final product with a corny keg vs 2 liter soda bottle?
besides - all my corny kegs are full of homebrew.....
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:21:52 AM EST
I love it. I drink enough to just use my 5 gal corny kegs. Also have a Carbonator, it works too.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:23:49 AM EST
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Originally Posted By gaspain:
I love it. I drink enough to just use my 5 gal corny kegs. Also have a Carbonator, it works too.
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For some reason, my cornelius kegs all have a metallic odor to them which seems to translate to the water in them.

That and my lines desperately need to be replaced.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:24:17 AM EST
I got a Sodastream as a gift, and for carbonated water it is hard to beat. Takes only seconds, and the carbonation is SERIOUS. One of their bottles of gas is supposed to be good for about 50 bottles of drink or water if I recall correctly, and I've probably done about half that so far with no signs of weakening.

For the OP's gadget, where do you get the CO2? I don't have tanks of that stuff just sitting around ... And how do you avoid over-pressurization (aka explosions)?

Oh, and I saw a Sodastream knockoff at Tuesday Morning awhile back for something like $39. Hard to beat that price.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:29:52 AM EST
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Originally Posted By MikefromTX:
I got a Sodastream as a gift, and for carbonated water it is hard to beat. Takes only seconds, and the carbonation is SERIOUS. One of their bottles of gas is supposed to be good for about 50 bottles of drink or water if I recall correctly, and I've probably done about half that so far with no signs of weakening.

For the OP's gadget, where do you get the CO2? I don't have tanks of that stuff just sitting around ... And how do you avoid over-pressurization (aka explosions)?

Oh, and I saw a Sodastream knockoff at Tuesday Morning awhile back for something like $39. Hard to beat that price.
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As noted in the OP, if you have a homebrewing keg setup, you already have a CO2 cylinder and a regulator for dispensing the beer. This just uses that setup for the bottles.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:49:40 AM EST
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Originally Posted By LRLaurel:



As noted in the OP, if you have a homebrewing keg setup, you already have a CO2 cylinder and a regulator for dispensing the beer. This just uses that setup for the bottles.
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Originally Posted By LRLaurel:
Originally Posted By MikefromTX:
I got a Sodastream as a gift, and for carbonated water it is hard to beat. Takes only seconds, and the carbonation is SERIOUS. One of their bottles of gas is supposed to be good for about 50 bottles of drink or water if I recall correctly, and I've probably done about half that so far with no signs of weakening.

For the OP's gadget, where do you get the CO2? I don't have tanks of that stuff just sitting around ... And how do you avoid over-pressurization (aka explosions)?

Oh, and I saw a Sodastream knockoff at Tuesday Morning awhile back for something like $39. Hard to beat that price.



As noted in the OP, if you have a homebrewing keg setup, you already have a CO2 cylinder and a regulator for dispensing the beer. This just uses that setup for the bottles.

Yep.

The homebrew kegerator setup has a CO2 bottle and regulator:



You just pop off the corny keg gas line and connect it to the bottle "Carbonator":


Link Posted: 6/19/2014 9:59:34 AM EST
Originally Posted By LRLaurel:
I love drinking plain soda water. If I can get it on sale, it runs about $1/2 liters. I looked into the cost of the soda stream, and due to the cost of their cartridges, it ends up being more expensive than just buying 2 liter bottles of club soda.
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I'm not sure how you're mathing this.

I cartridge = 60 liters and replacement with turn in of the old one is $15, so that's 25 cents a liter.

I didn't count precisely, but we got really close to 60 liters pressurizing to "4 farts."

We then toss in a tsp of lemon or orange extract and it's gtg.

Link Posted: 6/19/2014 10:00:39 AM EST
Nice. I've started making my own tonic and was looking for something like this. Wish it was pin lock, though.
Link Posted: 6/20/2014 12:15:35 PM EST
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I'm not sure how you're mathing this.

I cartridge = 60 liters and replacement with turn in of the old one is $15, so that's 25 cents a liter.

I didn't count precisely, but we got really close to 60 liters pressurizing to "4 farts."

We then toss in a tsp of lemon or orange extract and it's gtg.

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Originally Posted By LRLaurel:
I love drinking plain soda water. If I can get it on sale, it runs about $1/2 liters. I looked into the cost of the soda stream, and due to the cost of their cartridges, it ends up being more expensive than just buying 2 liter bottles of club soda.


I'm not sure how you're mathing this.

I cartridge = 60 liters and replacement with turn in of the old one is $15, so that's 25 cents a liter.

I didn't count precisely, but we got really close to 60 liters pressurizing to "4 farts."

We then toss in a tsp of lemon or orange extract and it's gtg.


Ah,
I must have just done the math on how much time it takes to make the investment pay off. I think I worked it out to well over a year, plus the hassle of finding a place to return bottles.
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