SodaStream at Home Soda Made Easy
I never thought that I would be making my own soda at home, however I really enjoy doing it. Now mind you this is not Coca-Cola this is cola. More on par with making RC Cola or generic cola. However, it is very good. I particularly like the flavored sodas.
It’s a very easy process you take regular chilled tap water (or in our case filtered water) poor it into a 1L container, load it into the soda stream press the button to load the CO2 into your water a few times. Then add your mixture of flavorings, agitate, and drink!
I was actually surprised to find out that this is been around for over 20 years. It makes sense, this >is< how soda used to be made. I think the best part there is no high fructose corn syrup. Additional benefits include the amount of space that the machine and the mixture takes is far smaller than when you buy individual cans. It’s more environmentally friendly since you aren’t getting cans that you have to recycle you just cleaning the bottle that you using, we end up using glasses to drink the soda.
It uses absolutely no additional energy, no batteries, no electricity purely just by using the gas and the pressure of the CO2 tank. Probably the biggest drawback and the thing that holds it back from being everywhere is where you get the refills for the CO2 cartridges luckily Ace Hardware is one of the places that carries the. However not the Ace Hardware near our house, so I believe we’ll have to go to bed Bath and Beyond to get our refills. And I could see if you’re not in a big city how that could hold you from investing in the system. Starting cost around $80.
One CO2 tank gives you 60 L of beverage at $25 for an additional & $15 for a refill, one container of flavor mix gives you 50 L of beverage at around $6 to $7 dollars dollars a bottle depending on what you buy and where. I say on average figure $10 with shipping and that gives you approximately 33 cans of soda from a flavor mix.
We’re in the process of making the switch, finishing off the last of the canned soda an finding our closest CO2 refiller.