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Fri Dec 7, 2012, 11:41 AM

What's the best fizzy water maker?

Might get one for my daughter for Xmas.

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Reply What's the best fizzy water maker? (Original post)
bif Dec 2012 OP
Melissa G Dec 2012 #1
NMDemDist2 Dec 2012 #12
Major Nikon Dec 2012 #2
Warpy Dec 2012 #3
eridani Dec 2012 #4
Stinky The Clown Dec 2012 #6
eridani Dec 2012 #8
Stinky The Clown Dec 2012 #10
bif Dec 2012 #5
kas125 Dec 2012 #7
Major Nikon Dec 2012 #9
hobbit709 Dec 2012 #11
Melissa G Dec 2012 #13
Stinky The Clown Dec 2012 #14

Response to bif (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 01:58 PM

1. Soda stream

Then get that CO2 fix up that folks have posted before.
edit for link
http://co2doctor.com/

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Response to Melissa G (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 06:23 PM

12. +1

we bought a couple 5 gallon? pound CO2 canisters that live nicely under the counter and we can get them refilled for $8 which lasts us around 6-8 weeks with a 4-8 liter a day habit


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Response to bif (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 02:46 PM

2. It depends on what you mean by best

If you want the easiest and most convienient, soda stream is probably the way to go.

If you want the cheapest long term solution, just buy a CO2 bottle, a regulator, and a few carbonator caps.

http://sync.democraticunderground.com/115714928#post24

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Response to bif (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 06:10 PM

3. Soda stream is probably the most user friendly

but it's on the pricey side. The break even point is $1.50 per 6 pack of canned soda, so if she buys store brands and stuff on sale it won't save her any money.

I use it because it's great not lugging cans and bottles home and then having to squash and recycle the empties. In addition, the CO2 cylinder exchanges are now being done by more retailers. Wally's just picked them up (yeah, I know, but they're nothing if not convenient).

Setups that use bigger tanks are more economical but that also requires wrestling with and storing bigger tanks. The Soda Stream gadget has a really small footprint.

In any case, the Soda Stream mixes are really good. The only one I didn't like was their ginger ale, thought that one needed work. Their fizzy lemonade mix is to die for in hot weather.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 03:42 AM

4. You can make your own flavorings to save money

Leftover fruit from potlucks plus Splenda, mashed, cooked down and strained, are excellent. Lots of blackberries all over the place in August in the Pacific NW as well. Bulk ginger is cheap at Asian markets, and I'm working on a recipe now.

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Response to eridani (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 08:08 PM

6. We have a SodaStream. I tried some homebrew, but to no success

Can you please post some recipes you've liked?

Thanks!

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Response to Stinky The Clown (Reply #6)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 08:39 AM

8. I don't use specific proportions unfortunately

Mash fruit, however much there is. Add Splenda and cook until just shy of syrupy. Strain through cheesecloth.

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Response to eridani (Reply #8)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 10:54 AM

10. Okay, I'll try that. If mangoes are still like they were, that's a good place to start!

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 10:39 AM

5. I bought the Sodastream

At Bed, Bath & Beyond. $99 with a $10 rebate. Plus a 20% discount coupon. Seemed like a fair price.

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Response to bif (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 12:48 AM

7. Sodastream is great except that the flavorings all have splenda in them.

Even the flavors that aren't supposed to be diet have splenda in them unless the bottles say "natural" and there are only four flavors in their natural line. I am a Dr. Pepper addict and thought I might save a few bucks if I bought the soda stream and used their "Dr. Pete" flavoring. I tried it and it was just horrible. THEN I discovered that even though the bottle says it has no hfsc and has sugar instead, it STILL has splenda in it, too. Ugh, it's awful, just awful. Today, I received some real Dr. Pepper syrup that I ordered online and even though I'll have to use more of it than the sodastream flavoring, at least it tastes like it's supposed to!

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Response to kas125 (Reply #7)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 08:46 AM

9. If you like root beer, this place has some pretty good ones

http://homemadesodacompany.com

Their Kool Kola tastes just like Pepsi to me.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 12:06 PM

11. I use a Sodastream.

I just add a little lemon or lime juice. Occasionally a little black cherry juice. Sometimes I add a little ginger or ginseng extract. As a diabetic I don't need the sugar and ALL of the other sweeteners leave an aftertaste in my mouth.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #11)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 10:04 PM

13. I use splashes of whatever juice I have in the house.

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I've also make fizzy lemonades with mint rose or blueberry flavoring. Just a dab will do me. Soda is overly sweet for me.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 11:30 PM

14. Here's a web site with a lot of detailed, useful info on mixing your own sodas

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