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Old 10-16-2013, 06:42 PM   #1
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Soda Stream

We got one. Costco had the Source Metal with a sampler pack so we picked it up about a week ago.

So far it has been doing well. We both really like their diet "Dr. Pete"

Sodas take up a LOT less room now.

Anyone else using one of these?
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Old 10-16-2013, 06:45 PM   #2
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Don't have one, but am sure thinking about getting one. I'd love to hear opinions too!
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Frank, I'm not familiar with those. Can you use them to carbonate any beverage? For example, homemade hard cider.
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I understand you can control the amount of carbonation. That would interest me since I like to let mine sit for a bit and get a bit less fizzy. I prefer to pour it over ice to lose some of the fizz too. Is that right that you can make it less fizzy?
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How easy is it to carbonate ones own beverages?
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Plop plop fizz fizz. Please say how this works. I drink a lot of sparkling lemon or lime ade in the summer, using canned carbonated water. It's pretty hard carrying a 12 pak home with my groceries and not as often as I would like to do, Plus they charge as much for H2O as they do for soda pop.
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Old 10-17-2013, 06:21 AM   #7
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I looked into them because I drink the dreaded taboo (soda) pop, but you don't save any money using the machine. That's what I was expecting, to make a glass "for pennies". It sounded like it was more for people who liked variety or making their own. It looked like a fun device to play around with.
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I rarely drink soda. It certainly would be fun to carbonate other beverages, like Steve was askin' about...cider, lemonade, other fruit juices.
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Frank, I'm not familiar with those. Can you use them to carbonate any beverage? For example, homemade hard cider.

Yes, they come with couple of empty bottles you just screw them up, push the button couple of times and there you have it, carbonated drink of your choice. We picked one up as a present for my daughter’s birthday. I am plenty happy with plain carbonated water.
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Frank, I'm not familiar with those. Can you use them to carbonate any beverage? For example, homemade hard cider.
No, you can only carbonate water. There is a relief value that can clog if there is anything else in the water and if it does you could get a big, ummm, pooping noise.

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I understand you can control the amount of carbonation. That would interest me since I like to let mine sit for a bit and get a bit less fizzy. I prefer to pour it over ice to lose some of the fizz too. Is that right that you can make it less fizzy?
Ours has 3 "settings". You can start and stop at any time. The settings just tell you where you are at. The lightest one is too little fizz for us.

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You can only do water, then add flavoring.

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Plop plop fizz fizz. Please say how this works. I drink a lot of sparkling lemon or lime ade in the summer, using canned carbonated water. It's pretty hard carrying a 12 pak home with my groceries and not as often as I would like to do, Plus they charge as much for H2O as they do for soda pop.
So far this has worked a treat. The bottles of flavoring are small and light. The machine itself isn't too bad. The tanks of gas aren't really heavy. They say 60 liters on a tank (depending on how fizzy with medium being their bar for this I think).

It seems like the soda goes flat faster than commercial stuff. Not sure if that is just perception or now.

The bottles that came with ours are 1 liter so we only make a liter at a time. We do keep the bottles full in the fridge (colder water accepts more gas).
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