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30835 clicks; posted to Main » on 23 Jan 2005 at 7:34 PM (12 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2005-01-23 06:41:31 PM  
This looks kinda cool - anyone have any experience with them?
2005-01-23 07:26:09 PM  
Jeff: Anyone have any experience with them

No, but I used something a lot like this a long time ago. It was basically just a soda siphon - you put a flavour syrup in normal water before injecting it with carbon dioxide from a gas bulb. It worked really well, but you had to keep buying the damn CO2 bulbs, which were a one-hit affair.

It looks like the main difference with this one is that the CO2 buld is much bigger, so you have to replace it less often (110 bottles of soda, according to their web site). That can't be bad.

My 2c worth.
2005-01-23 07:37:37 PM  
Oh, MAN, I've got a killer idea:

2005-01-23 07:39:10 PM  
if i could make surge i would definitely buy
2005-01-23 07:39:25 PM  
I saw something like this like 10 years ago. This looks better though.
2005-01-23 07:39:35 PM  
I used to have something like that. One day we carbonated some milk and dared each other to drink it (I was like 8 years old).
2005-01-23 07:39:59 PM  
you mean "pop"
2005-01-23 07:40:05 PM  
I've had samples of it in the mall (they had a stand there)... It wasn't half bad.
2005-01-23 07:40:13 PM  
for the UK farkers, remember SodaStream?
2005-01-23 07:40:53 PM  
They've been hocking this crap for at least a year in bigger the little carts in the middle. Too expensive, considering all the weird brands that make off-flavors anyway.
2005-01-23 07:42:05 PM  
exactly mjmuller,

Qhat the fark is soda? That's almost as bad as calling all pop "coke"!!! Goddamn Atlanta...
2005-01-23 07:46:16 PM  
or as it's called in the civilized world - 'soft drink'

this reeks of an advertisement - what the hell is interesting about this?
2005-01-23 07:47:23 PM  
SodaStream is still available.

Is this really a new thing in the US? This has been and (almost) gone in the UK. Didn't it appear in the 70s?
2005-01-23 07:47:28 PM  
BeerMonster: That's almost as bad as calling all pop "coke"!!!

You're right. Not all soda / pop is worthy of being called Coke. People need to distinguish between "Coke" and "other crap."
2005-01-23 07:48:41 PM  
MadonnaC - yep, somebody's dug out the moulds.
2005-01-23 07:49:02 PM  
Sure are a lot of artificial flavors in syrups that don't need them (ginger ale?).
2005-01-23 07:50:18 PM  
Will it make you Mid-Westerners feel better if I call it "sody pop"??
2005-01-23 07:52:09 PM  
so instead of shopping for soda pop professionally made you shop for syrups and co2 canisters then make it yourself.

i can save minutes a decade !
2005-01-23 07:52:38 PM  
Awesome, the 00000 zip code is accepting orders.
2005-01-23 07:52:55 PM  
Why the hell has no one marketed a chocolate Coke yet...that was by far the best soda I've had in my life. Apparently I was born 25 years too late, as the only place I've seen it is in those "retro" cafes, like Johnny Rockets.
2005-01-23 07:53:09 PM  
My grandmother in England had the same sort of thing back in the early 1960s. Not that there's anything wrong with that! A lot of older stuff is cool. People get something new, use it a lot, get over exposed to it, and then forget it until a new generation rediscovers it.

For all I know her use of it in the 1960s was a rediscovery of it from the 1920s or something.
2005-01-23 07:54:54 PM  
Ah Sodastream, the maker of Fizzy milk and fizzy Vinegar!!!
2005-01-23 07:55:29 PM  
2005-01-23 07:57:03 PM  
Hmm.. fizzy everclear?
2005-01-23 07:57:40 PM  
I had that idea (home soda maker) years and years ago. No money, no business experience. Someone beat me to it.
2005-01-23 07:58:05 PM  
I'll just stick to making beer and wine at home.
2005-01-23 07:59:05 PM  
Ah Sodastream, the maker of Fizzy milk and fizzy Vinegar!!!

Fizzy vinegar? Now that would make a festive douche.
2005-01-23 08:01:34 PM  
If I could make Citra I'd buy it.
2005-01-23 08:02:56 PM  
wake me when they have the in-home-do-it-yourself,in only minutes, vodka maker
2005-01-23 08:04:41 PM  
I agree with glip. Use yeast and make alcohol w/ carbonation.

/waiting for my batch of cider to carbonate.
2005-01-23 08:07:28 PM  
The first rule of Soda Club is you do not talk about Soda Club.
2005-01-23 08:07:33 PM  
Kinda cool, but not worth whoring out a thread for. Please reserve this sort of thing for beer related products.
2005-01-23 08:07:46 PM  
friend of mine has had this for at least a year or so now. how is this green-light worthy?
2005-01-23 08:08:50 PM  
I had that idea (home soda maker) years and years ago. No money, no business experience. Someone beat me to it.

Same thing happened to me with the the B-2 bomber.
2005-01-23 08:10:07 PM  

Essentially little more than a soda siphon:

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reworked with overpriced accessories and kid friendliness. Google suggests that they've been around since 1837.

Anyone seen my anorak ?
2005-01-23 08:11:58 PM  
you mean "pop"

No, we mean "soda". :P
2005-01-23 08:12:13 PM  
Ah Sodastream, the maker of....fizzy Vinegar!!!

Isn't it cheaper to just add baking soda?
2005-01-23 08:12:20 PM  
I feel your pain agonyscene... Surge was one of those pops I absolutely loved back in the mid 90s, that and Josta...
2005-01-23 08:12:43 PM  
Shouldn't this one have a PLUG tsg?
2005-01-23 08:13:08 PM  
fark that, make BEER!

Beer Man Microbrewery
2005-01-23 08:19:15 PM  
Get Busy with the Fizzy!

We've had it in the UK since 1903 apparently.

Unless you want carbonated milk or other unusual flavours you're better off just buying stores own brand of drinks - they taste like ass as well but you don't have to faff around with CO2 canisters.
2005-01-23 08:19:38 PM  
See, this almost had me excited.

All I want is a soda fountain installed in my house, dammit!
2005-01-23 08:19:49 PM green bean casserole flavor? Blah.

Now this stuff was the shiznit: The Pop Shoppe
2005-01-23 08:19:50 PM  
Late 70's in England this was released ("Get busy with the fizzy, soda stream *pfz* *pfz*). The CO tubes cost alot, but you took them back to the store to trade in on the next one. I still remember my mum bringing one home and telling us we couldn't use it until she'd put the plug on it... Gotta laugh.
Mistakes to learn from.
Do NOT put the syrup in first, it makes it spray out every where.
Be careful to pour the syrup in slowly after carbonation, or it makes it spray out everywhere.
Make sure the bottle is seated on the plinth correctly, or when you press the button, it.... yup, sprays out everywhere (seeing the trend yet?)
Use water, and only water from the tap, other liquids spray out everywhere (was limited to non-alcoholic beverages in my youth, hey! maybe it works different for beer). Vinegar doesn't work, and stings when spraying everywhere.
Attempting to 'Double the fiz' by re-doing results in? Yup...
And finally, no matter how interesting a flavour it sounds like, Peach syrup is absolutely awful, horrible, horrible stuff.
2005-01-23 08:20:32 PM  
ethorn10 and others who are wondering - how is this green-light worthy?

Read the initial entry in this thread....Farkers, meet Jeff. Jeff, meet Farkers.

/Jeff is teh cool, and (from my limited experience and all other accounts) a great bloke to boot.
2005-01-23 08:24:04 PM  
I seem to remember Sodastream wasn't actually that much cheaper than buying fizzy drinks the normal way.

And the drinks tasted quite crappy.

And it broke easily.

And the replacement canisters are expensive.

This looks like the same kind of thing...
Of course I could be wrong.
2005-01-23 08:26:11 PM  
how is this green-light worthy?

click here for the answer
2005-01-23 08:29:15 PM  
Gelatinous:You haven't lived until you've had a Natty Ice Slurpee.

(P.S.:Just forget you have one in the freezer,take it out frozen,cut the can with a pocketknife and dump in cup with a bendy straw.Just like 7-11,I swear. :)
2005-01-23 08:29:47 PM  
Sucralose sucks ass. High fructose corn syrup sucks ass. Give me the Blue Sky formula.
2005-01-23 08:30:15 PM  
It will look nice in the attic next to the bread machine and exercise bike.
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