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  • Post #121 - May 12th, 2013, 6:53 pm
    Post #121 - May 12th, 2013, 6:53 pm Post #121 - May 12th, 2013, 6:53 pm
    exvaxman wrote:There is a sode stream knockoff being sold through Tuesday Morning for $30. I have no idea about refills, but someone might want to investigate.


    This is the one offered at Tuesday Morning:
    http://www.tuesdaymorning.com/kitchen_electrics.jsp

    And at Amazon:
    http://www.amazon.com/Primo-Flavorstati ... B0086FWV62
  • Post #122 - June 20th, 2013, 3:06 am
    Post #122 - June 20th, 2013, 3:06 am Post #122 - June 20th, 2013, 3:06 am
    Cynthia wrote:It's hard to know what reasons work for different people, but I love my SodaStream.


    So I'm a complete addict. I've had mine for a year now, and I haven't gotten over the joy of that "ssssshhhh" sound when you release the bottle after adding the CO2 to the water.

    Again -- don't know how others will react, but I find it to be a real blessing.


    I gotta say, SodaStream changed my life. I drink it plain, straight up, several times a day instead of my previous 2 liter a day diet pepsi practice. Sometimes I vary the carbonation by blasting the pump less. I never buy the syrups. I have to refill the canister once a month @$15. It is worth it not buying and schlepping Jewel seltzer all the time. I think there are some tips online how to get co2 cheaper, not sure it is worth the trouble investigating. Best tip is keep the SodaStream bottle in the fridge even when its empty, it carbs up faster/cheaper when cold.
  • Post #123 - June 20th, 2013, 11:39 am
    Post #123 - June 20th, 2013, 11:39 am Post #123 - June 20th, 2013, 11:39 am
    I would not go to the trouble of investigating alternatives unless you have a large family. I find the bottle lasts long enough. I do like the plain selzer it makes and love that I know its pure Lake Michigan and not something else. I love putting fresh lime or lemon with the selzer too just straight or adding a sweeter its like fizzy lemonade. Its good to be able to vary flavors and concentrations of sweetners.
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  • Post #124 - June 29th, 2013, 1:39 pm
    Post #124 - June 29th, 2013, 1:39 pm Post #124 - June 29th, 2013, 1:39 pm
    I bought an extra bottle, so we always have a backup. We also use Brita filtered water that is kept in the 'fridge, so it is always cold. We now have 3 Co2 canisters, so I only have to trek for refills once a month or so. I will also second the comment that this contraption weaned me off of my massive cola addiction.
  • Post #125 - July 9th, 2013, 6:26 am
    Post #125 - July 9th, 2013, 6:26 am Post #125 - July 9th, 2013, 6:26 am
    Its great plain with lots of lemon or lime. Add sugar or splenda and you have lemonade. Has anyone seen the diet grape soda stream mix? I am not so fond of the soda mixes that try to mimic popular brands but I do like the grapefruit, the orange and I would probably like the grape.
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  • Post #126 - September 16th, 2013, 2:18 pm
    Post #126 - September 16th, 2013, 2:18 pm Post #126 - September 16th, 2013, 2:18 pm
    Primo flavorstation 110 now down to $15 at Tuesday Morning [at least in Niles; there were about a dozen].

    Was on the fence about buying one of these . . . but at $15 it was suddenly quite attractive!

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  • Post #127 - August 20th, 2018, 9:31 am
    Post #127 - August 20th, 2018, 9:31 am Post #127 - August 20th, 2018, 9:31 am
    Pepsi will buy SodaStream, in extended shift away from sugary drinks

    https://www.marketwatch.com/story/pepsi ... 2018-08-20
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  • Post #128 - August 21st, 2018, 6:02 pm
    Post #128 - August 21st, 2018, 6:02 pm Post #128 - August 21st, 2018, 6:02 pm
    We've used our SodaStream for c. 3 years now and are quite satisfied. We don't do any flavouring, just simply make bubbly water. Two points:

    1. If you like a lighter fizz, pump the CO2 into room temperature water. The warmer water solution will saturate earlier, with less dissolved gas. This also lengthens the life of your gas volume.

    2. Amazon, among others, sells a conversion kit that allows you to couple standard gas valves to the proprietary SodaStream bottle. It appears that one typical adaptation uses paintball cylinders to gas the SodaStream machine.

    Geo
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  • Post #129 - August 22nd, 2018, 9:14 am
    Post #129 - August 22nd, 2018, 9:14 am Post #129 - August 22nd, 2018, 9:14 am
    If you're a DIY type, have a little extra space and go through a lot of fizzy water, you can make your own carbonation system pretty easily. You need 4 parts:

    -CO2 tank, $30-60. I bought a 10lb tank for $50, which can carbonate at least 200L of water between refills.
    -CO2 regulator, $50. I bought a dual gauge draft beer dispensing regulator that screws into the tank. The gauges show the pressure coming from the tank and the pressure going to the bottle. You can adjust the latter depending on how fizzy you want your water.
    -Gas line with ball lock assembly, $10. This is just the line that runs from the regulator to the bottle.
    -Carbonation cap, $10. This is a stainless steel cap that screws on to any standard soda bottle and attaches to the gas line.

    Disadvantages vs. Sodastream
    Too big and ugly for a countertop. I store mine under the bar in my basement.
    Larger upfront investment of about $120.
    Need to go to a compressed gas supplier for refills (but the folks at NFC are wonderful).
    CO2 tanks need to be tested every 5 years, which costs $10-20.

    Advantages vs. Sodastream
    Cheap refills. It costs about $20 to refill a 10lb tank. It would cost about $300 for the same amount of CO2 if you buy Sodastream cylinders at retail (14.5oz cylinders go for around $30 each).
    Large tank means fewer refills. I refill mine about every 2 years.
    Simple to adjust pressure.
    Use with any soda bottle.

    After carbonating about 100L, the DIY system is the cheaper option.
  • Post #130 - August 22nd, 2018, 9:19 am
    Post #130 - August 22nd, 2018, 9:19 am Post #130 - August 22nd, 2018, 9:19 am
    If you buy SodaStream refils at Bed, B & B they cost $15 and your empty bottle. Makes the numbers much more congenial!

    Geo
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  • Post #131 - August 24th, 2018, 5:23 pm
    Post #131 - August 24th, 2018, 5:23 pm Post #131 - August 24th, 2018, 5:23 pm
    Geo wrote:If you buy SodaStream refils at Bed, B & B they cost $15 and your empty bottle. Makes the numbers much more congenial!

    Geo


    That's how I do it. Bought two tanks to start, so I always have a spare on hand. Then, when one runs out, take it back to B,B&B with $5 off coupon and replace it. Easy and very affordable -- and lots nicer than hauling full bottles home from store and empty ones off to recycling.

    Worth noting is that, because of the pressure, the water bottles have to be replaced every three or four years (they have "best by" dates). But that's still a couple of bottles every four years, rather than five or six bottles every week. I figure I cut the cost of my fizzy water by half, by having gotten the Soda Stream -- plus the not hauling bottles part is an even bigger benefit.

    Plus I'm not the DIY type and don't have extra room. My SodaStream takes up about the same space as two 2-liter bottles. So good for the space-impaired.
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  • Post #132 - May 21st, 2020, 7:59 pm
    Post #132 - May 21st, 2020, 7:59 pm Post #132 - May 21st, 2020, 7:59 pm
    anyone encountering shortages? we have been pretty strict in quarantine, only shopping for groceries once every 8-10 days, and no side errands etc (really stunned at some of the accounts of people going to like 5 different stores just for kicks!). but we consume A LOT of bubbly water (nobody in our house drinks soda or juice, so it is our main beverage every meal and throughout the day), and we own 4 canisters for the sodastream refill. each one lasts us about a week. four weeks ago we were empty and went on a dash to refill - and we were told there were some shortages with delivery. a few days later we tried again, and succeeded. but this week we are almost out again and even though we've been so strict we have tried 3 different targets (you just run in to customer service masked and gloved), and no one has refills. the sodastream website doesn't confess to shortages, but there are lots of stories similar to ours on twitter. the website also doesn't seem to be accurate about which retailers have cartridges (ie a Jewel they listed told us on the phone they don't carry them). anyone have luck anywhere?
  • Post #133 - May 21st, 2020, 9:18 pm
    Post #133 - May 21st, 2020, 9:18 pm Post #133 - May 21st, 2020, 9:18 pm
    Hi,

    Have you contacted Bed, Bath and Beyond? I saw them there a few months ago.

    Regards,
    CAthy2
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  • Post #134 - May 22nd, 2020, 6:01 am
    Post #134 - May 22nd, 2020, 6:01 am Post #134 - May 22nd, 2020, 6:01 am
    We always use BB&B--they are set up specifically to trade cartridges.

    You might think about investing in the conversion kit so you can use the larger CO2 tank. It'll save you lots in the short run.


    Geo

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  • Post #135 - May 22nd, 2020, 7:21 am
    Post #135 - May 22nd, 2020, 7:21 am Post #135 - May 22nd, 2020, 7:21 am
    Cathy2 wrote:Hi,

    Have you contacted Bed, Bath and Beyond? I saw them there a few months ago.

    Regards,
    CAthy2

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  • Post #136 - May 22nd, 2020, 8:06 am
    Post #136 - May 22nd, 2020, 8:06 am Post #136 - May 22nd, 2020, 8:06 am
    thanks all! bed bath and beyond had been closed; will try them in the meantime, and also i have now been introduced to wish.com - we ordered the adaptor. let me know if you have a local source for large food grade C02 tanks! there is a place on Western in Bucktown that sells helium to the public so I will try there.
  • Post #137 - May 22nd, 2020, 8:24 am
    Post #137 - May 22nd, 2020, 8:24 am Post #137 - May 22nd, 2020, 8:24 am
    Annack, any welding supply company should have CO2 bottles, IIRC.

    Geo
    Sooo, you like wine and are looking for something good to read? Maybe *this* will do the trick! :)
  • Post #138 - May 22nd, 2020, 10:25 pm
    Post #138 - May 22nd, 2020, 10:25 pm Post #138 - May 22nd, 2020, 10:25 pm
    Hacking Your SodaStream With a Paintball Canister Can Save You Piles of Money
    Here is another hack to consider.
    Cathy2

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  • Post #139 - June 29th, 2020, 7:19 pm
    Post #139 - June 29th, 2020, 7:19 pm Post #139 - June 29th, 2020, 7:19 pm
    So this seems to be the new toilet paper/bread flour. Targets all out (one employee said since March); found a Jewel with cylinders in stock but they’re not doing exchanges. Company website also now out of stock.

    I can’t believe I have to drink flat water like a commoner.
  • Post #140 - June 30th, 2020, 5:33 pm
    Post #140 - June 30th, 2020, 5:33 pm Post #140 - June 30th, 2020, 5:33 pm
    Fwiw, short of you hacking, I found https://www.sodasense.com/--exchange online ordering, postal delivery of 60L CO2 tanks for $20.99 @. My, uh, sense is that they got the hack down and made a business from it.

    It's free shipping once you have the first empty exchange box, which cost $4.99, so there's that. More profit, that is.
  • Post #141 - June 30th, 2020, 7:58 pm
    Post #141 - June 30th, 2020, 7:58 pm Post #141 - June 30th, 2020, 7:58 pm
    Try calling your nearby Williams Sonoma.
  • Post #142 - June 30th, 2020, 8:08 pm
    Post #142 - June 30th, 2020, 8:08 pm Post #142 - June 30th, 2020, 8:08 pm
    hsm wrote:Fwiw, short of you hacking, I found https://www.sodasense.com/--exchange online ordering, postal delivery of 60L CO2 tanks for $20.99 @. My, uh, sense is that they got the hack down and made a business from it.

    It's free shipping once you have the first empty exchange box, which cost $4.99, so there's that. More profit, that is.

    Damn, that’s $21 for less than a pound of carbon dioxide! Airgas charges $34 for a 20 lb cylinder. There’s a market for a beverage carbonation machine that uses regular cylinders. Commercial ones cost several thousand dollars. If someone could make one for a couple of hundred dollars, it would be probably sell well.
  • Post #143 - July 1st, 2020, 7:26 am
    Post #143 - July 1st, 2020, 7:26 am Post #143 - July 1st, 2020, 7:26 am
    Jim-Bob wrote:Damn, that’s $21 for less than a pound of carbon dioxide! Airgas charges $34 for a 20 lb cylinder. There’s a market for a beverage carbonation machine that uses regular cylinders. Commercial ones cost several thousand dollars. If someone could make one for a couple of hundred dollars, it would be probably sell well.


    There are already plenty of third-party fill-your-own (from commercial cylinders) solutions for Sodastream, like this:
    https://www.amazon.com/Conversion-Adapt ... 775&sr=8-7

    The problem with the commercial tank idea is storage and portability. You lose the simplicity of the system if you're tethered to a tank.
  • Post #144 - July 1st, 2020, 5:43 pm
    Post #144 - July 1st, 2020, 5:43 pm Post #144 - July 1st, 2020, 5:43 pm
    SodaStream is back in stock on their site, but so very expensive when you add in the shipping! Our local grocery used to do the exchanges at $14 or so, but after weeks of "out of stock, next shipment expected Friday" their sign now says "out of stock, no shipment expected"
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  • Post #145 - July 1st, 2020, 6:03 pm
    Post #145 - July 1st, 2020, 6:03 pm Post #145 - July 1st, 2020, 6:03 pm
    leek wrote:SodaStream is back in stock on their site, but so very expensive when you add in the shipping! Our local grocery used to do the exchanges at $14 or so, but after weeks of "out of stock, next shipment expected Friday" their sign now says "out of stock, no shipment expected"

    You spoke too soon.
  • Post #146 - July 2nd, 2020, 8:58 am
    Post #146 - July 2nd, 2020, 8:58 am Post #146 - July 2nd, 2020, 8:58 am
    lodasi wrote:
    leek wrote:SodaStream is back in stock on their site, but so very expensive when you add in the shipping! Our local grocery used to do the exchanges at $14 or so, but after weeks of "out of stock, next shipment expected Friday" their sign now says "out of stock, no shipment expected"

    You spoke too soon.

    Checked again this morning and was able to get two replacement canisters. YMMV.
  • Post #147 - July 2nd, 2020, 11:48 am
    Post #147 - July 2nd, 2020, 11:48 am Post #147 - July 2nd, 2020, 11:48 am
    We ordered the above recommended adaptor from Wish back on May 22nd, but it still hasn't arrived (!!). In the interim we've been ordering canisters directly from Soda Stream. I think they ship free if you get 2 at once. On occasion we've seen the website say they're sold out, but we check back and usually find in stock within the next 24 hours. In quarantine/isolation, we go through one tank per week.
  • Post #148 - July 2nd, 2020, 1:30 pm
    Post #148 - July 2nd, 2020, 1:30 pm Post #148 - July 2nd, 2020, 1:30 pm
    annak wrote:We ordered the above recommended adaptor from Wish back on May 22nd, but it still hasn't arrived (!!). In the interim we've been ordering canisters directly from Soda Stream. I think they ship free if you get 2 at once. On occasion we've seen the website say they're sold out, but we check back and usually find in stock within the next 24 hours. In quarantine/isolation, we go through one tank per week.


    From their website: Shipping rates: 1 cylinder - $14.99, 2 cylinders - $7.99

    Due to high demand during COVID-19, we’re experiencing inventory constrains on our CO2. In order to support all of our consumers, we are temporarily limiting orders of CO2 canisters to a quantity of 2 per consumer.

    I guess now when I'm getting to my third cylinder, I am going to need to check first thing in the morning as that seems to be when Sodastream's online inventory updates. I wish I could just swap at Target but it seems that is no longer an option.
  • Post #149 - July 2nd, 2020, 2:05 pm
    Post #149 - July 2nd, 2020, 2:05 pm Post #149 - July 2nd, 2020, 2:05 pm
    Bed Bath is showing the 60L in stock at Village Crossing.
  • Post #150 - July 2nd, 2020, 2:57 pm
    Post #150 - July 2nd, 2020, 2:57 pm Post #150 - July 2nd, 2020, 2:57 pm
    Not something I have to worry about. I loaned mine to a certain hot fried chicken friend two or three years ago and have not seen it since. :) This is a bit of pot calling the kettle black as I'm not always great at returning items on loan either. :oops:
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