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Old 08-18-2019, 11:52 PM
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How many constipated duck calls do you allow per bottle? I usually go for about four quacking rounds to top off a bottle - it gives a nice carbonated feel to the water. However, Mister singular only allows for a few quick blats before conceding and accepting the minimum carbonation.
Also, Iíve seen posts singing the praising of carbonating juice for beverages, most frequently for cocktails. Any one tried this? Iím intrigued.
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Old 08-19-2019, 02:18 AM
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When I had it, many centuries ago (early 80s), there was an instruction to not do it at all after one honk, as it might have been dangerous, e.g. perhaps break the glass bottle*. So I would do the ten bursts of gas really fast, it would hit the limit reliably at button press number 11, and I'd only have one rattly blast at most.

*My brother did actually break a bottle once somehow
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Old 08-19-2019, 02:38 AM
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tell me something i know when they first brought it back in the 00s it was sort of marketed as a "make your own soda " for pennies type of thing .. is/was it remotely successful in making something soda like thats drinkable?

now, of course, its sold as a soda alternative ....
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Old 08-19-2019, 08:49 AM
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How many constipated duck calls do you allow per bottle? I usually go for about four quacking rounds to top off a bottle - it gives a nice carbonated feel to the water. However, Mister singular only allows for a few quick blats before conceding and accepting the minimum carbonation.

Also, I’ve seen posts singing the praising of carbonating juice for beverages, most frequently for cocktails. Any one tried this? I’m intrigued.
The instructions for the model I have (at least 15 yrs old) say to go up to 3 honks. I don't see a difference between 1 and 3 if I drink it within a day or two.
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Old 08-19-2019, 09:39 AM
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I do 3. It's a plastic bottle, so it cannot shatter like glass; in any case I don't think anything could happen even if you blasted it dozens of times, since the extra gas escapes.

There are glass bottles, sometimes with a safety mesh around them, but not sure if any of those are Sodastream models. ETA often they take exactly 1 small-sized CO2 cartridge, so it would take some work to accidentally overfill.

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Old 08-19-2019, 11:33 AM
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I do 3 or 4.

Also, I'm very happy with the paintball gas cylinders I use in place of the sodastream bottles. They last longer and cost less to fill.

ETA: All of my sodastream bottles are "expired", but they all work just fine.

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Old 08-19-2019, 11:10 PM
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I usually do two honks.

After Sodastream discontinued the 130 liter canisters, I recently switched to using a refillable 5 pound CO2 tank and adapter hose. I'm still getting the feel of that, particularly how to efficiently use what gas is still pressurized in the hose after I close the valve on the tank.
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Old 08-23-2019, 01:49 PM
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Huh. Never even thought about trying an alternative gas system. I shall look into this. Thanks for the info!
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Old 08-24-2019, 06:55 AM
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Huh. Never even thought about trying an alternative gas system. I shall look into this. Thanks for the info!
The threads on the sodastream are proprietary. This adapter allows you to use paintball gun gas canisters. I get them filled at a welding/gas supplier for $4 a tank.

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Old 08-24-2019, 11:08 PM
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This is the hose I bought, which allows me to use a 5 lb. CO2 canister from a place in Chicago that supplies home brewers and the like. I paid $100 for the tank, but expect refills to be only a few dollars each. I couldn't find a place near me that did paintball refills, so I went whole hog on a tank I should only need to refill once a year or less.
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Old 08-25-2019, 11:51 AM
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Never had one, just curious about something. If your bottle of beer went flat, could it be re-carbonated with a Sodastream?
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Old 08-25-2019, 01:27 PM
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I do one honk, then I shake the bottle around to distribute the gas, one honk again, shake again and 3 honks. If I want it extra carbonated, I do a purge step in between each shake step.
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Old 08-25-2019, 08:30 PM
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I do 3 or 4.

Also, I'm very happy with the paintball gas cylinders I use in place of the sodastream bottles. They last longer and cost less to fill.

ETA: All of my sodastream bottles are "expired", but they all work just fine.
Do the paintball cylinders fit in the sodatream machine at the same height as the regular ones?


I used the same plastic bottles for many years. They say that eventually they'll become brittle or something and fail. I recently saw new dishwasher-safe bottles at the store so I replaced my bottles.
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Old 08-25-2019, 08:43 PM
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After Sodastream discontinued the 130 liter canisters, I recently switched to using a refillable 5 pound CO2 tank and adapter hose. I'm still getting the feel of that, particularly how to efficiently use what gas is still pressurized in the hose after I close the valve on the tank.
They discontinued the 130L canisters?! Noooo!
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Old 08-26-2019, 04:53 AM
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Do the paintball cylinders fit in the sodatream machine at the same height as the regular ones?
Yep. That's the reason I'm using them instead of a big cylinder.
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Old 08-26-2019, 03:52 PM
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Never had one, just curious about something. If your bottle of beer went flat, could it be re-carbonated with a Sodastream?
Short answer: no. Long answer: if you ever have the chance, try it outside wearing goggles and clothing you needed to wash anyway, and give it a go.

(I once added the liquid flavor to the bottle of still water before carbonation. Deciding "let's see why Sodastream says do not ever ever ever carbonate such a mixture" I did it anyway. Resulting BOOM and shower of sticky sodalike liquid in kitchen as the CO2 found nucleation sites aplenty -- see also Mentos vs Diet Coke -- was not fun to clean up. The bottle was fine, in fact, it was just blown off the threaded connection.)
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Old 08-27-2019, 04:47 PM
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Never had one, just curious about something. If your bottle of beer went flat, could it be re-carbonated with a Sodastream?
I have a DIY home carbonator (a tank, a regulator, and a tube with an adapter that'll screw onto a normal plastic bottle screw cap) and I can recarbonate beer.

Unlike a sodastream, my system seals, so it's not going to go everywhere.

You need to put the beer into a plastic bottle with the right threads, and squeeze the air out of it before pressurizing.

It's not... quite the same. But it's better than flat.
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