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    I saw these as a child and always wanted one but my parents never would let it happen and they disappeared... Until recently!

    Going to get one this afternoon. I had a nice big cheque from Mr Taxman so I reckon it's time!

    Anyone have one? What are they like?
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    What are they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tebryn View Post
    What are they?
    To answer the question better, they are a brand of home water carbonization machines. Add some flavouring and you have home-made pop and soda.
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    Ah, I see. Don't really think I'd need one. I only drink Dr. Pepper and making that at home would probably run the gamut of not possible without the syrup as well.

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    I have one! I used to use it all the time when I was giving up Coke and Pepsi, I ended up just drinking the carbonated water - no syrup or flavouring. ...And I still drink it to this day. In fact, I'll make myself one now.
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    They were awesome! Except when you don't pay attention and over carbonate the water snd it explodes everywhere .


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    I remember the family having one when I was a kid--would have been 1980 or thereabouts? What I distinctly remember is that some of the drink syrups are good, some not so much--the better ones were usually the ones that weren't trying to just be a carbon copy of a fizzy drink you can buy in the shops, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tebryn View Post
    Ah, I see. Don't really think I'd need one. I only drink Dr. Pepper and making that at home would probably run the gamut of not possible without the syrup as well.
    You can buy Dr Pepper syrup. I'd like to get Coke syrup but that's very hard to get unless you know someone.

    Just made some lemonade. It's no Sprite but its not bad. Years ago you could buy Scheppes syrups.
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    I used to just use the generic cordial concentrait you get from the supermarket. Came in a 2 litre bottle and about 12 different flavours like Orange/Mango, Rasberry, Old Fashion Lemonade, Blackcurrant... Twas good .


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    Quote Originally Posted by Katana_Geldar View Post
    You can buy Dr Pepper syrup. I'd like to get Coke syrup but that's very hard to get unless you know someone.

    Just made some lemonade. It's no Sprite but its not bad. Years ago you could buy Scheppes syrups.
    I'm aware It's difficult and expensive however if you don't own a restaurant. And if you're going to go to that expense you may as well get a soda machine that will do all the levels and mixtures for you as well.
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    They are awesome. Started making my own syrups from juice and fruit.

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    My mother had one when I was a kid - I wouldn't use the word "awesome", but they were OK. Very heavily dependent on the quality of the flavouring, though.

    A soda syphon did pretty much the same thing. I suspect that bottled fizzy water would be more efficient than using a sodastream these days.
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    Green Melon Syrup and a dash of lemonade powder =
    Sparkling Melonade

    By far, it is in fact tastier than it sounds.


    Don't forget you can also use a Soda Stream to make interesting booze concoctions.

    Buy some ginger tea syrup from a local asian market. Mix in some vodka or rum, as they take bruising well. Mix in martini shaker. Pour into water, carbonize, enjoy.

    Carbonized tea is interesting. I recommend a riboos chocolate mint. Absolutely refreshing chilled, quit nice hot.
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    If you can afford to keep buying the air tanks and the syrup, it's actually pretty practical since you can mix soda whenever you need/want it. Though in my experience it takes a bit of experimenting to get the right flavor level that you're looking for, and generally it ends up being a bit blander than pre-made soda.

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    You can exchange the gas at shops that sell them for half the price.

    Tried lemonade and ginger ale, they're not bad.
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    I bought a soda siphon for my ex. I know he used it, I just can't remember what for... Except that time he tried to make a carbonated maple syrup drink. It was... not as tasty as it sounds.

    Also: ugh, Dr Pepper

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katana_Geldar View Post
    You can buy Dr Pepper syrup. I'd like to get Coke syrup but that's very hard to get unless you know someone.

    Just made some lemonade. It's no Sprite but its not bad. Years ago you could buy Scheppes syrups.
    Post mix syrup would be ideal, except, as you said, you need to know someone in the restuarant/bar scene to get it for you. Mind you, if it's anything like here in NZ, Coke and Lemonade come in 20 litre boxes, everthing else comes in a 10 litre box.
    I know when I used to work as a bar duty manager you could get the Coke for just under $40.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Katana_Geldar View Post
    I saw these as a child and always wanted one but my parents never would let it happen and they disappeared... Until recently!

    Going to get one this afternoon. I had a nice big cheque from Mr Taxman so I reckon it's time!

    Anyone have one? What are they like?
    We have one. Or rather my family does, I'm away at school most of the time. They like it. We only use it for seltzer-water, but in the long run it's supposed to be cheaper (my mum says so anyway, I have no idea) than all the seltzer we usually buy. Also my mum can make it as fizzy as she likes, which is a little less than most of the regular commercial sorts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tebryn View Post
    I'm aware It's difficult and expensive however if you don't own a restaurant. And if you're going to go to that expense you may as well get a soda machine that will do all the levels and mixtures for you as well.
    Not particularly difficult, and not all that expensive either.

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    Found this too, but they only deliver to the US.

    Coke syrup, Diet coke syrup, 7 up syrup and Sprite syrup.

    I don't really like the generic syrups they have, they're a little...odd. But I fizzed up some green cordial last night that I know I like and it was fantastic.
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    You could make yourself some Open Cola.
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    Got some ginger beer cordial, hope it turns out ok.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Katana_Geldar View Post
    I had a nice big cheque from Mr Taxman so I reckon it's time!

    Anyone have one? What are they like?
    I've never had a nice big cheque from Mr Taxman so I couldn't say what it's like. I imagine it'd be nice though.

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    Crystal Light/Kool Aid + Carbonation = Lots of fun combo's, cheap too.
    I'm rather fond of Crystal Light's Mojito flavor, and a carbonated (and potentially alcoholized) Mojito made quick and cheap sounds excellent.
    I mean, sure I can keep Mint and Limes in the fridge, but this is good too.
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    If you're going to be making your own fizzy drinks be sure to experiment with some weird combinations. Including alcoholic ones.

    Or how about carbonating milk? Disgusting or delicious?
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    You can't carbonate milk, putting anything other than water under that jet voids the warranty.

    The ginger beer is nice.
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    Or how about carbonating milk? Disgusting or delicious?
    Ew. Definitely no, trust me. It's awful.
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    You'll precipitate the calcium (Ca2+ + CO2 + H2O-> CaCO3 + 2 H+)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Asta Kask View Post
    You'll precipitate the calcium (Ca2+ + CO2 + H2O-> CaCO3 + 2 H+)
    Regardless, the liquid part is the part that's awful.
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