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6/30/13 8:14 P

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I made Tea and put soda in with it. Squirt was too much bubbles for me. Why pay for too much bubble?

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6/28/13 9:43 P

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Ginger syrup for ginger ale? Say more!

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5/5/13 6:12 P

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not a fan

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5/4/13 2:17 P

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I finally bought one. I do have diet cola syrup for a frequent guest. He says its great. I don't touch the stuff.

I did get a bottle of Torani syrup. (Think coffee house Italian sodas)
I make one about once a week. I also like POM mixed in 1/3 juice, 2/3 sparkling water.

My ginger syrup made a decent ginger ale, too.


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4/29/13 2:18 P

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Double posted. Is there a way to delete posts on this forum?

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4/29/13 2:13 P

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We have one (Wasser maxx, same thing different brand) and use it almost daily to make sparkling water.

On the plus side: We don't have to recycle as many plastic bottles. It is easy to use. The water tastes great. (Of course depending on the quality of the tap water.) Stores will usually recycle/refill the gas-contaniners.

On the minus side: The gas-containers are quite pricey. The soda-bottles has to be cleaned manually.

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5/1/12 9:04 A

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We just bought one last night for my college age daughter. If it is even a little bit healthier than the sodas my kids are drinking it will be worth it. I usually stick to coffee, tea and water but the kids love soda. I appreciate the comments on recycling the CO2 cartridges and using the healthier fruit juice concentrates that are a 100% juice we used to sell them when we had our health food store and I added the juice to Gerolsteiner and sparkling waters we sold! I love to drink kombucha but I do not have the patience to make my own! emoticon



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3/1/12 6:52 P

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We have two, then there is always a full one when the one in use runs out!

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3/1/12 6:19 P

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Yeah, mine was a gift too, and the machine is pretty expensive so I never would have bought one for myself. But now I'm completely addicted and when my CO2 cartridge runs out, buying a replacement goes right to the top of my to do list! I wish there were a way to tell when it is ALMOST empty.

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2/26/12 2:30 P

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We received one as a gift and I think it's great! I don't drink a lot of soda but somehow popcorn just isn't as good with just water. Bed, Bath & Beyond will take back the containers and sell you a refilled one for a discount, if we take in a coupon it runs about $15. I can't say if it is healthy or not but if you give up everything what's the point? Everything in moderation!

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2/22/12 8:20 P

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I've never heard of this Soda Stream before! I drink La Croix water. It's in a can so it feels like you're holding a pop. It's fizzy like pop. But it's water. Ever so slightly flavored water. The Kroger by me sells a case for about $4. I drink regular water more, but when I want to feel like I'm drinking something more :) this works!

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1/12/12 9:33 P

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I emoticon SodaStream!

I use it infrequently, but it's great when you just can't face another cup of plain ol' water! It's great just with water, or sometime I add a tiny bit of dark cherry, pomegranate, grape or cranberry bottled concentrates (100% juice).

It's also great to have on hand for guests who don't know that it is possible to just drink water! emoticon

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1/2/12 7:31 P

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We have been doing green, hibiscus, black tea, some times mint (I got at the farmers market). May be 2 sodas a month. Tried soda water yuck.

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12/11/11 1:13 P

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I was amazed to find that seltzer water is beneficial for people with my blood type. So, for about the third time in my whole life--at age 53 or there-a-bouts, I got some unsweetened, flavored seltzer water. I do feel good with it.

At that time, I lived near a grocery chain that had some in their store name-- nice price and great ingredients; but am not near them now, so I rarely drink it. If I am feeling like I need some sort of a lift, I will get some slightly inferior and more expensive brand.

So, when I am out of debt, I'll get a Soda Stream. I barely use any regular soda-pop.

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11/11/11 8:50 A

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I think they sound like a great idea, since you can control what is in your soda! The person who commented before me, mentioned they had heard about damage to teeth... and from what I understand that is more of a concern for very young children. The combination of carbonation and high sugar, citric acid, in soda is terrible for teeth under three or four. But that is beacuse, the enamal is still just forming on their teeth. But since babyteeth are important to the health of adult teeth, it is still important. :)



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11/9/11 9:20 P

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I love mine. I had a friend tell me carbonating the water acidifies it in ways that are bad for your teeth, but my dentist told me drink up, so I'm back to four to six glasses of seltzer most days (although today I'm enjoying the cider I got at the CiderDays festival this past weekend)

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11/8/11 11:43 P

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My friend recently bought one, and I got to use it while visiting.
He is a seltzer drinker. I will, with lemon or lime.
I found it simple to use, the end result was tasty, and held the carbonation quite well.
We would go through two bottles a day (along with still water and tea).
Considering he won't drink still water, any is an improvement.
Ecologically, he's using well water and no syrups. No bottles involved, just the CO2 swap.

I am open to having one. I also experiment with ferments and kombucha' but sometimes I just want a sparkling WATER.

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9/3/11 10:33 P

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A friend of mine has one and it encourages her entire family to consume large amounts of soda every day. It's awful, costs just as much as regular soda if not more and not so eco friendly as it may seem. Your still throwing all those syrup bottles in the recycle bin. Hopefully anyway. If you want to lose weight, don't buy it and avoid drinking soda at all. Did you know that the caramel coloring in some sodas can actually cause cancer? Here's a link to one of many articles on that.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/cspi-carame
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Bottom line is all of us should be avoiding sodas.

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7/3/11 5:23 P

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Yeah, I have one and love it. I wouldn't have spent the money myself, I don't think (although I was coveting it - maybe I'd have gotten there). I love fizzy drinks, but I don't want the sugar (or sugar substitutes) in most pop and since I do my shopping on foot, I'm not much for hauling liquids home, anyway. I have two reusable bottles and the CO2 canisters swap out when I have to replace them so there is no waste besides whatever resources it takes to extract CO2 and transport it to the store and whatever it takes to pump water into my house. Doesn't save me money, since I wasn't buying seltzer before, but it makes me drink more water 'cause I get excited about the bubbles the way a little kid would.

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6/5/11 6:37 P

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As Fitineastbay noted, the company takes back the CO2 cylinders and refills them. What went unsaid, is that if you trade in the empty cylinder, you can get the replacement cylinder for half price. www.sodastreamusa.com/60L-Carbonator
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Since the cylinders go for about $30 when you don't trade in an empty one, that's a significant savings.

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6/3/11 11:01 P

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"just stop drinking soda. drink fruit juice instead. carbonated drinks are unhealthy."

Ya, this is not true. There is nothing about carbonation that is unhealthy, just the syrup gook added by pop companies. Homemade soda water with a squeeze of lime/lemon is a great drink!

Juice, on the other hand, has as much sugar and Calories as regular soda. Doesn't matter if it's "natural" - it's not healthy. EAT fruit, DRINK water. :)

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I have one of these and enjoy it! I've cut out almost all soda, but I still enjoy bubbles, so I'll often have straight carbonated water and add some lemon and/or lime. I think it only takes 2 CO2 cartridges to have recouped the investment (compared to buying sparkling water), which I figure it not too bad! The company takes the empty cartridges and refills them, and the bottles last for years. Overall, there is basically zero waste! Yay!

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carbonation from fermentation is healthy, carbonation from gas being forced into chemicalized syrupy liquids such as pop is brutally unhealthy...

I am setting up my home made ginger beer today, completely probiotic and the yeasts/bacterias that create it eat all the sugar, it's dry, fizzy and oh so good for you...

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We tried one of these at SparkPeople. (Not me though as I am not a soda drinker and don't like carbonation.) Here's the review. Hope this helps you!

www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?p
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just stop drinking soda. drink fruit juice instead. carbonated drinks are unhealthy.

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5/8/11 10:04 A

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I was wondering about the Soda Stream too. But then there's the cost (around $99) it's another thing on the counter. UGH

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Why not just use natural carbonation from a fermentation process: I make my own ginger soda doing that... here's the video links for how to do it - make sure you watch the second one.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCjNmuRE6DQ

And you can use the ginger starter culture to make other sodas, not just ginger, so use fruit syrups, juices, etc and experiment.

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The exposure I've had to it is minimal. What that means is where I work we sell it and the components. I'll admit it looks cool, but the cost of the unit isn't cheap. Then you have to buy replacement CO2 canisters (not cheap) and I'm unsure how to recycle those since they are heavy metals to contain the pressurized gas. I have heard from customers that say it is awesome. They like making their own sodas. I'll admit they look appealing, but I'd rather wait for the cost to drop or for more information on it.

Hope this helps!

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Has anyone tried or heard anything about Soda Stream? It is a pressurizer-do-hickey thing that bubbles up tap water so you can make your own soda. Has to be better than having a bunch of empties in my green bin, right? Any insight would be great.

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