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Soda Stream or Something Else? [moved from Quebec board]

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I want to get a Soda Stream but it is awfully expensive for Canadians (isn't everything) so does someone know another way to make at-home soda that doesn't break the bank....another kind of Soda Maker?

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  1. Hi, all. If anyone has ideas for making soda at home, please let blondee_47 know that the post will be on the Home Cooking board http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/31 A link to your post would be very helpful. Thanks so much!

    1. Note to the mods: This discussion does properly belong on the Cookware board, as we're talking about equipment to carbonate water.

      Compared to homemade alternatives, the Sodastream gizmo is awfully expensive no matter where you live. Depending on how much you buy at once, the Sodastream refills cost between $13.79 and $16.55 (NB: I'm working in US dollars here) per pound of CO2, or between 21 and 25 cents per liter of carbonated water. Looks like a great deal considering the price of a liter of club soda. That is, it looks like a good deal until you find out how much food grade CO2 goes for in bulk. My local home brewing supply place fills up canisters for between $1.35 and $3.20 per pound depending on the size of the tank, which works out to between 2 and 5 cents per liter of carbonated water. Better still, the equipment needed to use a big tank of CO2 will almost certainly end up costing less than the little Sodastream gizmo.

      The equipment needed instead of a Sodastream is fairly straightforward. Of course you need the CO2 tank, but then you also need a regulator, some tubing, and a connecting nozzle. Some home brewing places offer a ready-made connecting nozzle, but one can make a connector fairly easily out of a tire valve kit and a bottle cap. There are details about all of it (lots and lots of details!) at http://www.truetex.com/carbonation.htm . You can find a wealth of other information by Googling home carbonation.

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