are carbonation machines really worth it?

are carbonation machines really worth it? my parents had one, but they gave it away because they claimed the CO2 is expensive. not sure why that is, since we apparently have an environmental crisis related to high amounts of CO2 in the atmosphere. are companies locking their devices from using generic CO2 capsules?

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    if you got a real carbonation machine, like one fast food restaurants use you could get co2 canisters that are cheap
    the vendor locked ones are much more expensive

    Still a carbonator is more convenient since you dont have to haul liters of soda from the grocery store

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      i'm wondering more about the smaller scale ones for carbonating water. i want to mess around with making my own soda, but the only carbonated water i have is san pellegrino which is not neutral. would be good to have a cheap machine just for the temporary hobby

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        well buy a sodastream and get some sort of 3rd party adapter so you can use regular, much cheaper, canisters to either use it directly or fill up a sodastream can

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >3rd party adapter
          thanks, didn't know they existed

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >regular, much cheaper, canisters
          Lol canisters made for paintball and bb guns are not food safe, some even have residual oil in them.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        I have the cheapest version of a sodastream, it works just fine and the CO2 bottles are cheap enough. It seems like a pretty standard connector, you could probably rig it to a commercial bottle for even cheaper use.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Look into a beer kegging kit. Costs around 150. 5 gallons of carbonated water easy. Costs around 25 cents or less per 5 gallons.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Those small scale things are far too sloppy. Whatever you save in packaging you'll lose to leakage in those cheap plastic wastes of space. In order to carbonate water, pressure is needed, and when pressure meets cheap Chinese plastic waste, the result is massive inefficiency.

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Parents are seltzer addicts and got one. Haven't bought a case of seltzer in over two years. Free CO2 refills at the grocery store. I'd say it was worth it.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      interesting, i will have to see if any stores around me have a CO2 machine. maybe they would also sell the a device that uses canisters compatible with the refill machine

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Vice grip+dry ice. Costs me like $15 to fill 5 of them

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      i always wondered, shouldn't it be possible to just put syrup+water and the right amount of dry ice in a bottle to carbonate things?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        i will have to research this. my immediate thoughts are that you need to be quick to not freeze your drink

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          just wait for it to melt before opening, problem solved
          better yet, if it was room temp from the start, the dry ice would help get it to drinking temp faster

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            i suppose dropping a little pebble into the bottle and sealing it would be just right

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              best to measure it, i have no idea how little dry ice it would take to get it appropriately pressurized
              report back with results

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                it seems pretty legit, i would use a much smaller piece than he did since it looks like the bottle is about to pop https://youtu.be/LT3iQ3YFmNU

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    the at-home machines are overpriced, cheaper just to buy soda water and flavor it.
    if you can get it modded or something and manually refill it, it's significantly cheaper.

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Sodastream is a hard-core evil company don't give those shameful baby killers a cent!

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      The war must be fricking their economy over hard if they're having to shill their soda maker here.

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Worth it, just get an actual external tank kit, or make one. You can get 5lb of beverage CO2 at welding shops for 20 bucks. I bought my ss at good will for ten dollars, the kit and tank were 200, but I was a spindrift addict, so it's paid for itself ten times over by now.

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I bought a sodastream like 8 years ago and the thing barely carbonated anything. I also use to paintball a lot so I thought the co2 refills would be like $2 but they tried to charge me $30 for a refill. I was like "lol nope" and just returned it.

    They are a waste of money.

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Dollar for dollar, nope. It's convience, that's all.

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >environmental crisis
    >too much co2
    you do realize plants need co2 like we need oxygen right?

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Had one. Used it a lot at first, then it collected dust. Tossed it.

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    The bottling plants carbonate using pressures you can't achieve with either a seltzer bottle or the shitty plastic soda streams. Neither produce good carbonation unfortunately. If you want something decent you're going to have to buy one of the big CO2 tanks with a regulator and rig something up yourself. They also sell premade kits for homebrew people on Amazon, but I have no idea how well they work.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Something like this?
      https://jeffreymorgenthaler.com/how-to-build-your-own-carbonation-rig/

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        I would skip the bottle adapter and just get a kegs. you can get mini kegs on Amazon that are a little more space friendly.

        to get a really good sparkle ( better than anything you can buy in any bottle, in fact) you need something like 50psi.

        I have a kegarator set up now that holds 2 5 gallon kegs and have run at least 250 gallons of sparkling mineral water through it. and before anyone wonders what kind of sick frick would go through 250 gallons of knock off Pelligrino, this unit resides in a bar-like clubhouse type environment.

        currently working on a mini set up to take to outdoor events. duel 1.6 gallon mini kegs and a 2.5lb co2 canister mounted in a vintage style metal cooler with a 2 tap tower. as a side bonus the kegs are small enough to take the whole works out of the mobile cooler and set it up in my garage fridge. these kegs are a little bigger than a gallon of milk, for reference.

    • 2 months ago
      Sage

      My local health food store sells carbon tanks for 10$ when you trade in a tank

      This is overkill. If you like to diy or if its significantly cheaper, do this. Im biased because my israelitestream was a gift but its probably cheaper to diy, if you can be bothered to

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    have you tried attaching a rubber hose to the stream tip and cramming it
    don't write them off until you have

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Don't do that. It creates mustard gas.

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    You can home brew soda using yeast and sugar. It's not instant like a soda machine, it takes a day or two, but you can make some great flavors for super cheap. Lemonade, iced tea, fruit punch. They will be slightly alcoholic (1%).

  15. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Since I'm assuming that most of you have one of these, what are your favorite homemade sodas or crazy drink that ended up tasting good even though it sounds gross to be carbonated?
    I am considering one too but honestly I don't drink that much soda so creativity is really the main deciding factor

  16. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Depends on what you're after. I personally only use them for sparkling water because i don't like sugary drinks. Drinkmate has a pretty good deal where you can just mail them the empty canisters and get new ones.

  17. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    i carbonated a jar of pasta sauce and now my spaghetti and meatballs are extra sipcy! wowee!

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I went full moron in college and put bacon, sour cream, vodka, beer and tomato sauce in a blender and then carbonated it. I had to go to the hospital the next day. Worth it.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >I had to go to the hospital the next day
        what went wrong?

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          I guess i fricked up my kidneys from drinking the bacon. Nothing serious, it passed in a few hours.

  18. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Get a scuba tank adapter and get bulk CO2

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