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winniewilliams Jun 3, 2011 06:03 AM

I am searching for a seltzer home delivery to Cambridge. Can anyone help me?

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    emannths RE: winniewilliams Jun 3, 2011 06:10 AM

    Peapod, Poland Spring, Office Depot...

    Pretty much anyone that offers home delivery of still water will deliver some form of seltzer as well. But I find it hard to believe that this is preferable to just buying it by the case from Market Basket or Costco, especially when the cost is taken into account...

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      chuck s RE: winniewilliams Jun 3, 2011 06:27 AM

      Years ago I got home delivery of seltzer in old fashoned seltzer bottles from a Rhode Island company called Stella Seltzer. They were great but went out of business about nine or ten years ago.

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        edibletable RE: chuck s Aug 15, 2011 12:38 PM

        ah, we did too. I kept one of the bottles - that was great.

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        hoolese RE: winniewilliams Jun 3, 2011 06:45 AM

        I know this is different, but after spending time in Buenos Aires we felt the same way, that we wanted seltzer with every meal, and settled on sodastream home seltzer maker. The hardware store in porter and the Boston Shaker in Davis carry them. Much less waste than buying disposable bottles.

        The Boston Shaker
        69 Holland Street, Somerville, MA

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          emannths RE: hoolese Jun 3, 2011 07:13 AM

          Or, if you prefer a more DIY route, you could get a CO2 tank (like those used to dispense draft beer), regulator, gas tube, a disconnect, save a couple 2L bottles, and use a carbonator cap to carb them. Buy-in is probably around $100 tops (less if you can find the stuff used).

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            StriperGuy RE: emannths Jun 3, 2011 07:15 AM

            Heck, Igo's welding supply in Watertown will sell you the CO2 tank.

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              LStaff RE: StriperGuy Jun 3, 2011 07:42 AM

              >Heck, Igo's welding supply in Watertown will sell you the CO2 tank.

              And will try to only fill it 3/4 of the way and charge you full price. Many reports on BeerAdvocate about short fills there over the years.

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                StriperGuy RE: LStaff Jun 3, 2011 11:12 AM

                Huh, where do you recommend instead?

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                  LStaff RE: StriperGuy Jun 3, 2011 11:35 AM

                  I need to find a new supplier myself (I've been going to Airgas in Woburn, which moved to Burlington) since they seem expensive - I think it was like $35 to swap out my 20lb tank over a year ago - probably up to $40 now considering the rate of increases in the last couple of years.

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              hoolese RE: emannths Jun 3, 2011 09:14 AM

              very cool, do you have instructions, I'm not handy enough to figure this out.

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                emannths RE: hoolese Jun 3, 2011 02:11 PM

                Your best bet is probably to go to a homebrew store (such as Modern Brewer on Mass Ave in Cambridge) and ask them for a walkthrough. The gist of is is that you need a CO2 tank (to hold the gas), a regulator (to adjust the pressure), a piece of tubing (to get the gas from the reg to the bottle), a quick-disconnect (which connects the tubing to the cap on the bottle), a carbonator cap (which allows you to attach the quick-disconnect to a 2L bottle), and a 2L bottle. There's probably instructions somewhere online, but I don't have any more detailed info immediately accessible.

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                itaunas RE: emannths Jun 3, 2011 05:43 PM

                I thought the carbonator caps were discontinued, although perhaps now there are knock-offs. At one point anyway, used was the only option. If you want to get serious (eg. making flavored drinks, etc) or bottle into a container you can't pressurize to force carbonate, you can keep your eyes out for a used carbonator pump on ebay for not so many bucks and feed it cold water or search for a clean cold plate too. For LStaff I have done well with AGP in Everett, but have only bought N2 in recent years so not certain the cost for a fill.

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                BostonZest RE: hoolese Jun 3, 2011 08:25 AM

                I love my Sodastream and it is also available at Kitchenwares on Newbury Street. I don't use their flavors. When I want a bit of flavor I add a shake a two of Fee Brother's lemon bitters. I'm looking for some ginger bitters if anyone has tried a good one.


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                  ferret RE: BostonZest Jun 3, 2011 09:16 AM

                  Not bitters, but excellent:


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                    yumyum RE: BostonZest Jun 3, 2011 09:22 AM

                    I love my Sodastream too -- one of the best purchases of 2010. I got mine at Tags in Porter Square and they carry the refill cartridges too.

                    I like to flavor mine with Campari! (hic)

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                      kt1969 RE: BostonZest Jun 3, 2011 10:21 AM

                      Another vote for Sodastream. Gets me to drink a lot more water than I otherwise would, and a lot less soda! Fizzy is fun. :)

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                        nickls RE: BostonZest Jun 3, 2011 12:22 PM

                        Yeah, the Sodastream flavors are not good.

                        I've been playing around with making a couple of extracts to flavor the water. So far I tried a pomegranate and a raspberry-lime, using vodka to extract. The flavor is subtle when using small amounts so as not to make an (appreciably) alcoholic drink, but definitely better than flavored Poland Springs or Polar.

                        Being able to make your own seltzer is great.

                      2. re: hoolese
                        The Chowhound Team RE: hoolese Jun 7, 2011 08:40 AM

                        We've moved a digression about SodaStream vs. canned seltzer to the General Chowhounding Topics board, at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/788846

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                        mwk RE: winniewilliams Jun 3, 2011 01:34 PM

                        Add my name to the Sodastream bandwagon. For many years, I had an NSA home soda maker that I loved, but they went out of that business and I couldn't get the tank refilled anymore. I found out about Sodastream and bought one. It's great. The soda flavors I don't know much about because I just drink seltzer or put some fruit juice in the glass.

                        I get my refills at either Williams Sonoma or Crate and Barrel.

                        1. MC Slim JB RE: winniewilliams Jun 3, 2011 01:46 PM

                          Another SodaStream fan. I recommend the glass carafes. The Boston Shaker carries systems and supplies, too. I agree their flavoring agents are terrible, but I have a shelf full of bitters and syrups in my fridge.


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                            BostonZest RE: MC Slim JB Jun 3, 2011 02:52 PM

                            Do they have glass carafes fit any Sodastream? or you do have to buy the more expensive system to use glass?

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                              MC Slim JB RE: BostonZest Jun 3, 2011 02:57 PM

                              The glass carafes are specific to the Penguin system only. It's a tall unit, needs some headroom to operate, so you might want to consider where it might fit on your counter, too.


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                                Parsnipity RE: MC Slim JB Jun 3, 2011 05:56 PM

                                That system was specifically recommended on America's Test Kitchen radio recently as a best option by their gadget guru. I really am going to have to check it out.

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                                ferret RE: BostonZest Jun 3, 2011 06:19 PM

                                The soda doesn't care where you store it, you can make it in the cheaper model and transfer it to glass if that's what you prefer. You can buy the glass carafes separately.

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                                  BostonZest RE: ferret Jun 4, 2011 04:48 AM

                                  That's what I do now but if someone would make a glass container that would be one step, I'd buy a few.

                            2. Kip McSkipster RE: winniewilliams Jun 3, 2011 02:41 PM

                              Yet another Sodastream fan here. I get my carbonators at Sur La Table in the Chestnut Hill Mall. Just made a tasty raspberry lime rickey today, using syrup from Bazaar.

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                                Aromatherapy RE: Kip McSkipster Jun 3, 2011 02:57 PM

                                And another one! I get my refills at Boston Shaker, which means I end up spending $$ on interesting stuff (bitters, yes!). I so do not miss lugging bottles from the supermarket.

                                The Boston Shaker
                                69 Holland Street, Somerville, MA

                              2. threedogs RE: winniewilliams Jun 4, 2011 02:49 PM

                                I have no idea if it's the Sodastream that folks are recommending here, but I know that Costco carries some brand. (I don't particularly like fizzy drinks, so I never paid attention)

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