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Mar 12, 2011 06:40 AM

Any Carbonated Water Experts out there

We are passionate about our favorite drink...Tito's Vodka (handmade) and sparkling water.

And, the more carbonated and fizzy the water the better.

I have been searching to find a water with the ultimate level of carbonation.

Anyone know?

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    1. re: wolfe

      Thanks. Unfortunately, I don't live within their delivery area. Wish I did

    2. Have you tried buying a seltzer bottle with replaceable chargers? The chargers are usually sold at hardware stores. Those are bigger bubbles than I like personally, but sounds like it might be to your taste.

      Vastly better than a plastic bottle, which loses its fizz after you open it.

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      1. re: Windy

        I have one of these, and have a protip. Don't overfill with water. Live in a hetch-hetchy water area. After charging the bottle, put in your fridge for 3-4 hours. If you sample the water right after you charge it, while it's warm, it's only moderately fizzy. When it's cold after a few hours, it's very fizzy.

      2. I have the soda stream, which you can now buy at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, using your 20% coupon. Williams Sonoma also sells them, they have 2 the soda stream one, and the penquin, both made by the same people. By the soda stream, you can make your own soda and put as much as or as little carbonation as you like it. I used to buy crystal keyser at trader joes, but now I save a lot of money, and I don't have the bottles.

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        1. re: paprkutr

          thanks Windy and Paprkutr ! Think I will look into one of those....But I do like the thought of the high mineral content naturally carbonated sparkling waters.

          1. re: Ambiance

            Northern California tap water has plenty of naturally occurring minerals in it.

            1. re: Windy

              I enjoy serving seltzer at dinner parties from my siphon. I live in NYC and the water is great to begin with so the seltzer is delicious as well. I buy the cartridges when they go on sale on Amazon and they are less than a dollar.

            2. re: Ambiance

              Off the top of my head the most heavily carbonated mineral water I have bumped into is Souroti, from Greece (probaby due to the fact that the water is artificially carbonated on top of being naturally carbonated) The bottles are blue, and look a little like those Ty Nant uses.

              1. re: jumpingmonk

                thanks JM, I will look for that. bet you are right...I have read that the naturally carbonated waters are not very fizzy.

                1. re: Ambiance

                  Sometimes they are sometimes they aren't. From what I understand in this case it's a relic from the old time marketing and bottling. The place where the Soroti was bottled was some distance from the actual spring (and the pipe system was not top notch) so that the water lost a lot of it's effervesence by the time it had gotten into the bottle so they re-carbonated it at the bottling plant, now the system is a lot more efficient so that most of the natural carbonation is still there, but they havent toned down the artificial to compensate (maybe people have gotten used to the hypercarbonation).
                  I almost forgot if waht you are looking for is highly mineralized waters, you may want to try Borjomi or Nabgevani, both from Gerogia (the country not the state) they are probably the most highly mineralized waters I can think off. One fair warning though, as the first of those minerals is sodium (if usually is in mineralized water) both of these are very much aquired tastes, to people who are not used to it, it tastes unbearably salty.

            3. re: paprkutr

              The Sodastream costs $80 and refills are $30-50?

              Seltzer siphon bottles cost $15-45 and cartridges are under a dollar.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                Holy cow!!!

                We went to a restaurant in Seattle this past week and you get free flat or sparkling water (unlimited). I loved that.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  Sodastream refills are much larger than seltzer cartridges, so it's not clear which would be cheaper in the long run.

                  Free house-sparkled filtered water is pretty trendy around here.

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    I'm hooked on Sodastream. Much better carbonation than any cartridge system I've ever tried.

                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

                      Definitely THAT kinda place. We had the "chef's menu" which was eight !!! starters, three mains and three desserts. That sparkling water was MUCH appreciated.

                    2. re: Robert Lauriston

                      Sodastream cartridges are $15 when you exchange an empty cartridge (if you buy w/o exchanging, they're around $30); each cartridge carbonates ~60 liters of water, depending on how much fizz you add.

                      ETA: There are several threads on the Cookware board discussing Sodastream/Soda Club and alternatives.

                      1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                        You're right and if you use BBB coupon for 20% off they come out too about $12. They say you get about 80 bottles out of each cartridge. I love the Sodastream, and it is very easy to use, and clean. I leave several bottles of water in the fridge and make it when i want. I ususally go throught one or two bottles a day. I like plain, but I can adjust the fizz.. I think it is very economical.

                        1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                          That's still $0.25 per liter. If you buy CO2 in a bulk tank it's less than $0.01 per liter.

                        2. re: Robert Lauriston

                          not exactly. refill are about 15 , if you are returning a cartridge. so it's only if you need more than one (e.g. you don't live near a palce that does the exchanges in person, so you need to send it back and forth, so you want a full one while sending the empty back) that you need a cartridge other than the one it came with. so refills are $15 not $30 - 40. and each refill is good for about 60 gallons of water. 60 gallons for $15. thats 7,680 oz. thats 240 under-a-dollar soda syphon charges.

                          1. re: thew

                            >>"each refill is good for about 60 gallons of water"<<

                            Not according to SodaStream. They claim that each refill is good for about 60 liters of water. That's 60 under-a-dollar soda syphon charges, not 240.

                            1. re: alanbarnes

                              perhaps i misremembered.

                              still 15 < 50

                              and one def has more control over how bubbly the water is,and i use it more than i ever used my syphon

                              1. re: thew

                                And .05 < 15.

                                I just don't like proprietary systems; my CO2 tank and carbonator cap provide total control, and a five-pound tank carbonates about 500 liters to a very high level of fizziness for $21.50 (refill price). Can't beat that.

                      2. I wonder if you could carbonate the vodka (rather than adding carbonated water)? Vodka's alkalinity is about 7.2, so it seems reasonable.

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                        1. Try Topo Chico from Mexico. It is dirt cheap and the fizziest water I have ever seen. The bottles practically are grenades.

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                          1. re: ryback

                            LOL....grendade. I've seen it and will give it a shot...thanx