October 21, 2010 at 9:31 pm #253468
I was just wondering if anyone has a Soda Stream? I know it’s got nothing to do with Brewing/Winemaking but I wasn’t quite sure where to put this thread 😀
I’m so over the continuous bottles filling up the recycle bin and was wondering if anyone has one of these and if they think they are worth the money, are easy to use and whether it really is a cheaper (more enviro friendly) alternative to store bought.
Cheers!October 21, 2010 at 9:45 pm #480529
Had one for years now, and had them as a kid at home as well, i think mum still uses the old one:clap:
Definately worth the effort, just stick to the directions and dont gas anything but water.
It’s great on a hot day to just gas a bottle and add some fresh squezed lime/lemon juice.
Hope this helps………PaulOctober 21, 2010 at 9:45 pm #480530
We bought one last year for all your reasons and it is fantastic (as long as you refill the bottles as you empty them :|) It is great just plain but I also make cordial -orange, lemon, lime, passionfruit and hopefully soon blackcurrant and add just a tiny bit to the soda water and it is magic. I havent tried any of the mixers you can buy as I would much prefer to make my own and know what is going in them. We think it is one of the best things we have bought.:clap:October 21, 2010 at 9:46 pm #480531
I have one. I have found that the family don’t like the flavours they sell but we do use it to make carbonated water to add cordial to. I guess it all depends on how much carbonated drinks you go through and whether your family would drink the sodastream flavours.
Mine sat in the cupboard for the best part of the year until my DD hit on the idea of adding home made cordial to it and now it is used quite a bit. It certainly works out cheaper than buying soda water. It is also a lot more convenient – no more running to the corner store on a hot afternoon!
I do think it is a lot more enviro friendly as you recycle the gas canister to be refilled and the bottles are reused all the time.October 21, 2010 at 10:33 pm #480532
Thanks everyone. You’ve helped me make up my mind. I do make my own cordials so it’s good to know that I can use those, rather than the additive filled flavours they offer. Thanks again!October 21, 2010 at 11:18 pm #480533
Just be careful with the useage of your Soda Stream and you’re not using it just because it’s there. My s-i-l bought one recently and now that’s all her, her husband and their 5 year old are drinking “because we can and it’s there”. The offer of water to anyone is now non-existent which I think is a dreadful shame as they’re only encouraging their child to drink sugared drinks instead of healthy water. I know when we bought our breadmaker I was on a bread making spree, and I’m sure it’ll be the same with people who buy a soda stream. I’d love one because I love carbonated water, but I’m still unsure because of the need to dispose the gas canisters because I don’t think they are refillable yet.
p.s – I liked the days as a child when the man used to come around in Melbourne with the soft drinks in the glass bottles, just like the milk man did. I can’t remember their company name but they were very well-known.October 22, 2010 at 2:16 am #480534
The gas canisters are refillable you just take them in and swap them over and pay for the refill.October 22, 2010 at 2:43 am #480535
Yes Missy71 I agree with what you’re saying. I am hoping to use it purely for the carbonated water which we drink quite a bit of. I also got a Tonic mix as I love my Gin and Tonic. Other than that I’ll try to limit how much the kids access it. I did get a Sugar Free cola to see if my husband will drink that rather than the Coke Zero (sick of lugging it around the shops and all the empties filling up my recycle bin :@ ). I’m not a big fan of Cola’s so it still tastes like cr*p to me LOL! I’ll see what he thinks.October 22, 2010 at 2:43 am #480536
Hey Weaver, where do you take them to be refilled?? Kmart? Big W? Woolies???October 22, 2010 at 5:25 am #480537
I came across a possible low-tech alternative to this the other day – water kefir. I’m looking forward to trying it in the hope that it’s lower in sugar and releases more minerals for my body to absorb…http://users.sa.chariot.net.au/~dna/Makekefir.html#Kefir-d-acquaOctober 22, 2010 at 7:48 am #480538
I have a soda stream and love it. Works out much cheaper than buying bottled soda and far less waste.
I much prefer water with bubbles…with either a squeeze of lime or lemon or simply on it’s own.
I also use it with homemade or bought cordials. I find most commercial softdrinks are WAAAYYY to sweet for our taste. This way you can make them to the strength you like. I particularly like the premium cordials like lime, lemon barley and Buderim ginger.
Another vote for ‘don’t bother with the syrups that come with it’
Cola flavour might be a problem though if you have a caffeine addict in the family. I wonder if you can source syrup in smaller quantities from somewhere like your local pub who has a postmix machine?October 22, 2010 at 7:55 am #480539
We take ours to Harvey Norman to get refills. It is convenient to where I work and always able to get a park.October 22, 2010 at 11:05 pm #480540
Be careful of changing over your gas bottle at Woolies They don’t allow change over anymore down here and charge the full price for a new on $45. and all you do is throw away the cardboard box.
Good Guys in SA sells everything including the flavours $4.95 a bottle and they have a great range.
I have the old style and the bottles are getting harder to get did pick up 12 at a garage sale for $5 with lids.October 22, 2010 at 11:54 pm #480541
p.s – I liked the days as a child when the man used to come around in Melbourne with the soft drinks in the glass bottles, just like the milk man did. I can’t remember their company name but they were very well-known.
Crystal? That’s what we used to get anyway!
NevOctober 23, 2010 at 3:39 am #480542
I remember my uncle getting a crate of Ecks (???) delivered. It was always a treat for us kids as we very rarely got fizzy drinks at home 😀
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