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Discussion in 'Hangar Talk' started by Jay Honeck, Jun 23, 2014.
I just drink the $0.02 plain..... gotta watch the blood pressure and lose a little weight.
You guys ever use large cups? Michael Bloomberg may have to ban SodaStream. Heh.
I picked one up last night. I was surprised to be drinking soda just a minute or so after taking it out of the box. I've only had the orange so far, but it was very good.
Now, to Amazon to buy a Sodamod.
He's too busy trying to prop up his dying gun ban schemes.
How is the exchange of CO2 tanks? I used to exchange propane tanks until I got a bad one, so now I just get mine refilled. Is that an option? Plus I'm not sure I want someone else's scuzzy tank in my house.
Heh. I had no idea when I posted that last night that today the Appellate Court would strike down his large soda ban, agreeing with a lower Court that the State overstepped their bounds. Kinda surprised. Usually doesn't go that way on the coasts.
But it was a pleasant surprise, now wasn't it?
As far as I'm concerned, plain soda is just fine...no need to put any chemicals in it....
I love my Soda Stream...we've been using it for more than a year without problems.
I squeeze a generous amount of fresh lime in my soda from time to time...love the taste.
Soda Stream is an Israeli company by the way
It was. I guess there's a limit to the billionaire sociopath's money and influence.
As far as SodaStream goes, I will probably be a late adopter of that tech. Or a never adopter. Aluminum cans still work better in the cooler, the fridge, and pretty much everywhere. I never buy at full price if I have to. This week it was buy two cases, get two free. So there's five cases of Coke Zero in the house again.
We have a perfect little spot for them near the microwave and fridge...
(Only 4 in the photo. 5th is in the fridge.)
Oh by the way. Pet peeve here. Why do people use that silly perforated "dispenser" on the front of the cases and then continually wonder why the cans roll out and fall on the floor? There's a really simple solution for that...
A man after my own heart. Coke zero is what I drink. Have it on tap as well. Try Mello Yello Zero if you can find it. That's my backup drink
I'm surprised it wasn't done already. I've had bag-in-the-box quinine water (even diet quinine) on my wunderbar gun for ages. Anything bars tend to use for mixers is usually avilalble for the soda dispensors.
Costcos around here do not stock it. Sam's has Coke products. I've also gotten some directly from the Pepsi distributor though I have to remind them why it is I want it when I show up .
The nearest Costco or Sam's from me is 40 miles away. Amazon delivers to the drop box at the end of my driveway. I don't mind paying the extra.
Diana will be soda streaming her wine next.
I have one I use mostly for carbonated water. Finally ran the tank out and just refilled it for about $1 worth of dry ice. Crush with hammer. Fill tank by weight. Makes the whole model a hell of a lot cheaper.
Sounds like a PITA but really isn't. Takes maybe 5 minutes.
I didn't realize the interior of the CO2 canister was 'user accessible' for that kind of a refill. Any special tools required? The "razor blade" or "inkjet printer" market model of those machines (i.e., cheap consumables sold at ridiculous markup) is what kept me away last year.
Technically sodastream claims it's illegal to do since they "own" the canister and you just license it. Since nothing indicates that when you purchase it doubt they would be able stand on that.
Anyways they torque the hell out of the fitting on the top so it's kind of hard to get off the first time. I got it off with just a wrench and vice grips to hold the cylinder so not that bad. It doesn't have to be that tight so future fills are much easier.
I used to have a bar gun installed in my kitchen (I still have it but I've not reinstalled it after I moved). John King thought it was one of the coolest things he'd seen.
It came in handy because the first thing Jerrie Mock wanted when she got there was a vodka-tonic. Incredible woman. She kept throwing them back until the we hours and then she was up and eating cookies the next morning before I could drag myself out of bed.
That only works if you drink it fast, especially if it is diet, like Coke Zero. I made the mistake of buying it in bulk once, and ended up throwing a bunch out because it expired. When it's expired it is nasty, no longer sweet at all.
I figure I can afford to buy my soda one case at a time even if the sales are tempting.
So it turns out the nearest dry ice supply charges $10/10lb block; $12.50/10lbs. granulated. I found a YouTube video that mentions 1 lb. to fill the small canister; 2 lbs. to fill the larger. The unit itself comes with a small canister; you can buy one or more spare large canisters @ $50 ea. Guessing 50% sublimation loss getting the dry ice home in a cooler, I figure one load of 10 lbs. will fill up 1 one small and 2 large. Compare that to $15 for a small canister exchange; $25 for the large; I'm can refill $65 worth for only $12.50; but I'm almost $200 invested in the unit and tanks. That will supposedly make >300L of bubbly water.
I don't know if I go through it that fast to justify. Besides, $200 can buy a lot of cans of seltzer. I guess I'm not really motivated enough to fool with it.
I bought a 1.5 lb chunk at the grocery store for like a dollar something. Put it in a grocery store plastic bag then wrapped that with my jacket and put it in the trunk. Was probably a hour before I smashed it up to use it. I didn't lose much to sublimation in that time. Less than 10% I'd guess.
I only have the one bottle.
DJ; look for these at the Grocery Store (as Jesse mentions). Usually next to the ice cream and frozen dinners.
Have you considered you probably would be better off with sugar than something that has a half life rating before it turns to nuclear waste? Please don't tell me you're dieting.
Definitely not dieting but sugary sodas are too sweet and leave a sticky aftertaste.
Is this SS thing a healthy alternative to sodas? Could you sweeten drinks with honey instead of sugar or syrup? I never heard of it until this thread.
If you have restless leg syndrome at bedtime (I hate that)... if you drink something with quinine it will go away.
While there are argued some benefits to local honey for allergies, sugar is sugar and despite the hype on HFCS etc... it's the sugar that's bad to begin with. The other junk just makes things worse.
You could just make egg cremes or whatever with seltzer and decrease the amount of sugar in the mix.
Staves off the malaria as well.
Tea is a nice alternative.
I drink hot tea (with half-and-half) but I don't like iced tea.
I do drink iced tea, for example in a restaurant unsweetened and I'll add a bit of sugar (at most 1/4 of the sugar in the commercial sweetened teas). I like a Thai iced tea occasionally (usually no bubbles, but sometimes with), but those are very sweet as well.
On the carbonated waters, I'll typically dilute juices at home using water or canned seltzer - its just too sweet out of the bottle. I really like the Izzy drinks, basically the same thing (juice + carbonated water), but they are pricey.
Anyway, I appreciate the advice. Penguin does not sell dry ice in stores in my part of NJ. Closest location on the website was down in south Jersey or in PA. In any case, as cool as the unit is, I don't drink all that much of the stuff to justify either the unit as is or the hassle of refilling it myself. 60 L (small CO2 canister) is about 6 mos. of my use. That's $30 at the supermarket v. $80 for a unit plus $15 twice a year to exchange tanks. I figure a 2-3 year break-even for me; maybe somewhat, though not stunningly, less if I refill the tanks myself.
Now a bar gun would be quite unique...
I used to put cream in my tea, but then found out that all the good healthy for you things in tea end up bound to the cream and you end up with no benefit. Tea black with sugar is fine with me iced or hot. Coffee requires milk/cream for me and a bunch of sugar, and with that I am fine to enjoy it hot or cold. The only non sugar drinks I do are those squirty things for water. Outside of that, just give me regular sugar sweetened stuff, at least it has caloric value and gives me something to function on. Lemonade is my cold drink of choice though.
I'll agree with you on the lemonade, but even that tends to be too sugary sweet at times. Depends how it is made.
That's the nice thing about making your own. Way back when I lived in St Louis the 7up bottling plant would leave cases of lemons out on the dock everyday for people to take as the only part they use is the very rind. I'd just grab a case every couple of weeks and that would have me covered.