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iSi Whipped Cream Charger- Weird Taste

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I got an iSi CO2 whipped cream charger today at a garage sale with several boxes of really old co2 cartridges. I cleaned it all well, (it already seemed immaculate,) and put in sugar, vanilla, and fresh cream. Then I charged it.
Well, the whipped cream tastes STRANGE. Kind of fizzy like soda water. Anyone have any experience with this? I tried shaking the canister more, tried letting it rest for an hour, tried letting it warm up a bit at room temperature. Could it be the old co2? This seems strange, but I can't figure it out. Thoughts?
Thanks chowhounders!

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  1. iSi CO2 is used for carbonating liquid beverages. You need to purchase the iSi cream charger cartridge. It will say CREAM on it. We ruined 3 quarts of whipping cream before we finally figured it out. It tasted absolutely terrible. We won't make that mistake again.

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    1. re: constancelynn

      Thank you SO much! I had no idea. It tastes really creepy. My garage sale stash came with some of the cream ones too- I'll try that next.